Can you walk the monster walk?

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A KEEN hiker has created a “monster walk” for ramblers that takes in the villages of Hartlepool during the trek.

Les Peacock took it upon himself to walk the perimeter of Hartlepool, taking in the villages of Dalton Piercy, Elwick, Hart and Greatham, in a bid to get fit for a mountain climbing expedition he was taking part in.

And he enjoyed the 26-and-a-half-mile strut so much that he contacted the Mail in the hope that the walk might become popular with other hikers, either for charity or just to see some of the prettiest parts of the town themselves.

The 49-year-old, who lives in Kings Meadow, on the Fens estate, Hartlepool, and is married to hospice nurse Judy, 49, said: “I’ve always been interested in mountaineering and walking and I was due to go to Scotland to do some mountain climbing and I needed to find a long walk locally to get fit.

“Instead of the North York Moors I thought I could link up the villages on the perimeter of the town and I’ve done it three times since.”

Les, who works as a quality manager for Workwise Personnel and has an 11-year-old son Adam, added: “I don’t think anybody else has ever done it before, so I might be the first, I don’t know.

“I was telling my son Adam about it and he said ‘it’s a monster walk that dad’ and it just stuck, so that’s what I call it now.

“It’d be great if other people would like to take on the challenge whether it be for charity, fitness, or just for enjoyment.”

Les, who one day hopes to write a book of walks he has created, said the walk is of marathon-length and takes roughly 10 hours to complete depending on health and fitness.