A seven-year-old Cumbrian girl has beaten her sister’s former record to become the youngest to climb all the Wainwright fells.
An ascent of Scafell on Easter Sunday took Kerry Regan into the record books at the age of seven years, nine months, beating the existing holder Jordan Ross who completed all 214 Lakeland peaks aged nine years seven months.
Kerry’s older sister Ellen took the title in March 2006 when she was nine years ten months, but this lasted only seven months until Jordan, of Macclesfield, summited Castle Crag in Borrowdale. Kerry set herself the goal of beating her sister’s effort and, if possible, completing all the peaks detailed in Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides before her eighth birthday.
She has walked at least 450 miles and climbed 135,000ft. She began her quest at the age of three with an ascent of Binsey. She climbed Helvellyn and in the process traversed both Striding Edge and Swirral Edge.
Her record may not last long: her young brother Robin, who is not yet four, already has 12 of the fells under his belt.