MORE than 400 people put their best foot forward for this year’s Wharfedale Pub Walk, raising £15,000 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Walkers, including 17 from sponsors, Bullough’s Cleaning Services, completed a ten mile route, starting from Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield and ending in Grassington.

The hikers visited nine pubs along the route and stopped off at the hamlet of Thorpe for the halfway point, where a mini festival was held by the Wharfedale Volunteer Support Group. Members organised a barbecue provided by H Weatherhead and Sons butchers, as well as selling home baking. The Next Generation band provided the entertainment, and Ilkley’s Two Rocks Brewery handed out free cans of IPA.

Adam Brunskill, senior fundraiser at Sue Ryder Manorlands, said: “I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in this year’s Wharfedale Pub Walk and made it our biggest and best yet, creating an amazing atmosphere.

“The pub walkers were celebrated at the finish with the band 'Uncle Frank' playing at The Black Horse with DJ Jonathon Driver playing a set at The Foresters to get the walkers using up the last of their energy on the dance floor!

“A special mention has to go to our incredible event sponsors Bullough's Cleaning Services and our wonderful Wharfedale Support Group volunteers, without them this event wouldn't take place, so we are extremely grateful for all their hard work. To raise over £15,000 is a huge improvement on last year and this will allow our specialist teams to be there for more people when it matters most.”