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Walker to take on 54 lakes challenge

Posted 9 February 2011
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Walker to take on 54 lakes challenge
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A charity walker aims to take in close-up views of 54 different lakes and tarns as he attempts a charity challenge in the Lake District, something a good rucksack and walking boots could help with.

Solicitor David Collinson from Kendal will be taking on the "Lakes and Meres Challenge" over a period of 15 days in May, only one of which will involve any rest, The Westmorland Gazette reports.

His long-distance trek around the national park will include 180 miles of distance and 34,500 ft of ascent, as he seeks to raise £10,000 for Mountain Rescue and the Head Trauma Unit at the Hallam Hospital in Sheffield.

Mr Collinson is himself recovering from a brain tumour and admitted the task is a tricky one.

He stated: "It's a tough challenge - the ascent is equivalent to climbing Everest with Scafell on top - and I will do it all on foot."

The Lake District is generally counted as having 16 lakes, with the smaller bodies of water being classed as tarns, although the largest 'tarn' - Devoke water - is bigger than the two smallest lakes, Rydal Water and Elter Water.