THREE Wensleydale men with a total age of 210, who walked 191 miles from coast to coast, have handed a cheque for £2,300 to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Jack Shepherd, 74, of West Witton, Tony Doyle, 67, and Jim Rollinson, 69, of Middleham, took 96 hours over 14 days to complete the walk, and averaged two miles an hour.

County charity chief executive Elaine King congratulated the men and said Leyburn branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research had raised £6,000 so far this year.

All of the money was given to five universities in the county for research, she said.

Mr Rollinson said he had dreamt of completing such a walk for 20 years, but could not do so until he retired.

The three said that the hardest part of the walk was from Kirkby Stephen to Keld in horrific weather.

The streams were so high it was difficult to wade through them.

They were often grateful for the good drying facilities at the youth hostels along the route, from St Bee's Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay.

Mr Rollinson thanked all who had supported their efforts.