Cumbria

Kendal boy, 10, climbs all 283 Munro peaks in Scotland

A 10-year-old boy from Cumbria has climbed all 283 Munro peaks - the highest mountains in Scotland.

Ben Fleetwood, from Kendal, is thought to be the youngest person to climb the mountains, all over 3,000 ft (914.4m).

He completed his journey with his father John, in just over three years.

Beginning his mountaineering hobby when he was just a toddler, he became the youngest person to reach the top of all the 214 Wainwright Fells in the Lake District when he was aged six.

At just three-years-old, he reached the top of High Street fell in the Lake District and he has never looked back - except once when he nearly fell off.

"There's a mountain and we have to climb it.

Image caption Ben's love of mountaineering began when he was just a toddler

"Once, I nearly fell off. That was on Ben Lui, that was when I didn't want to see a mountain again," he said.

However, after making it safely down Ben Lui, he set his sights on the highest mountains in Scotland, The Munros.

After climbing all 283 peaks - he is disappointed the challenge is over.

"Well it's a bit sad that we've done all of them because it was really fun doing them," he said.

Kevin Howett, development officer from The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), said: "It normally takes an adult 10-15 years to complete the Munros.

"To have done them at such a young age and in such a short time, is extremely impressive.

"The MCofS are very supportive of any parent or child who wants to do the Munros or the lesser hills, and Ben's achievement shows that young children can be introduced to the hills."

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