A LAKE District man is believed to have become the quickest-ever person to walk all 214 Wainwright fells without transport support.

Grasmere's Jack Roberts said his body was 'broken' after his 25-day extreme challenge, which has seen nearly £10,000 raised for Parkinson's UK.


It is a charity close to the 22-year-old's heart as his father, Brian, was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder 17 years ago.

Mr Roberts' mammoth Lakeland excursion saw him walk for 14 hours a day in order cover 700km, more than one million steps, and cover 38,000 metres of ascent – roughly the same as five trips up Mount Everest.

"I walked all around the Lake District and covered every summit as I went – it's pretty unbelievable looking back on it all," he said.

"It's difficult to describe to people the sheer scale of it unless you know the Lake District and walk there yourself.

"It's wasn't until I was near home on Wetherlam and I looked back and could see near enough all the summits I'd done I realised the true expanse of the Lake District.

"It's amazing to be able to show that things like this can be done."

Mr Roberts' fundraising exploits have not stopped though, despite him completing the Wainwrights. Next Friday, he is flying out to India to take part in a 3,500km, south to north race of the country aboard a seven horsepower Tuk-Tuk in attempt to raise yet more money.

"It's going to be completely different to the Lake District," he added. "I've done a bit of travelling before but I haven't quite prepared myself for what it's going to be like with the heat, humidity and rain.

"It will be manic and things will go wrong but I can't wait, and it's a nice thing to do after what I've just done."

To support his fundraising efforts, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-roberts12