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Hikers embark on 220 mile charity trek around National Forest joined by high sheriff Dave Coleman and councillor Pat Murray

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

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PEOPLE in South Derbyshire are putting their charitable foot forward as they embark on a mammoth hike around The National Forest.

The trek completes a full lap around forest, covering an incredible 220 miles.

The whopping walk will raise money for two charities – The Peak District Mountain Rescue and the High Sheriff's Fund, which helps to reduce youth crime and antisocial behaviour.

High Sheriff Dave Coleman, who is taking part in the walk, said: "The National Forest is stunning, filled with picturesque backdrops, natural beauty and so many places of interest.

"We were captivated walking through, our eyes diverted to so many unique and wonderful things.

"It was evident why this is such an up-and-coming area with a blossoming reputation. It is destined for even bigger and better things in the future."

Pat Murray (pictured right), the South Derbyshire District Council chairman, also joined the trek for 12 miles, getting into the spirit despite having to hobble along on an injured toe.

Two days in the hikers taking part are still walking and are yet to complete their mission.

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