THE assistant leader of a mountain rescue team has finished walking the Pennine Way in a bid to raise funds for a new team base.

Janice Hamilton, of Coniston Mountain Rescue Team, walked all 268 miles of the route with her dog, Harlie.

Ms Hamilton said: "I am so very proud of Harlie, as she has been up for the walk each morning and led the way.

"Even though she is 11 years old, she has been the perfect walking companion.

"She even chose the right path when we had a choice.

"She went one way and I went the other and it was the wrong way!"

She said: "I walked about 95 per cent of the time on my own and really only got rained on during two days and it was intermittent.

"Not bad for 25 days' walking! Highs were walking along Saddleworth and Marsden moors, thick mist at times, the walk from Malham to Hawes, the waterfalls from Middleton in Teesdale, followed by the remote walk to High Cup Nick. Then over the Dun Fells to Cross Fell and on to Garrigill. Finally, the Cheviots have won a place in my heart."

Ms Hamilton has raised nearly £4,000 in the process.

There is still time to donate.

People can donate to Ms Hamilton's cause by visiting