Whitby rambler takes on 500-mile walk through the Pyrenees

Phil Barrowcliff sets off on his 500-mile walk through the Pyrenees.
Phil Barrowcliff sets off on his 500-mile walk through the Pyrenees.

A Whitby rambler is taking on a challenge with a difference - a 500-mile walk through the Pyrenees.

Phil Barrowcliff, 70, set off recently on the Camino de Santiago, which begins in the French Pyrenees at St Jean Pied de Port and goes all the way to Santiago de Compostella in the North West of Spain.

Phil is a member of Whitby Ramblers but this is a bit more of a challenge than the normal 12 miles or so they do on a Saturday.

Phil’s partner Jan Sherlock said: “He was inspired to do the walk when he read an article in a magazine in Whitby Library about an 80-year-old woman who had completed the walk.

“He thought ‘if she can do it, so can I!’

“Phil is a mere youngster of 70.”

He is walking for around 31 days, hoping to arrive in Santiago on or around June 2.

Jan and two other friends are flying out on May 24 to help him along the last few days of the walk.

They will be taking a copy of the Whitby Gazette with them so that he can see what he’s missed.