Fenland mother, 67, and son earn lifetime of memories by walking 3,000 miles together

A MOTHER and son earned a lifetime of memories as they joined forces to walk almost 3,000 miles on their way to completing the UK’s 19 National Trails.

Muriel Holland, 67, of March and her youngest son, Terry Holland, 44, of Whittlesey ended their mammoth challenge by tackling the 60-mile Speyside Way in Scotland.

They began walking the scenic routes in 2004, the year after Muriel retired and revealed her ambition to complete all of the recognised walking trails in the UK.

Mrs Holland said: “I visited Hadrian’s Wall with my husband Trevor and said I’d love to come back and walk it one day.

“He couldn’t do it with me because of his knee operation so my son said he’d join me. We walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path and got the bug and it all started from there I guess.

“It’s been absolutely wonderful doing the walks with my son. Just to spend all that time together and see so many beautiful sights has definitely brought us closer.

“Walking is a great way to stay fit and I feel like this has given me a new lease of life - I feel fit as a fiddle.”

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Mrs Holland praised her husband for being the pair’s “transport manager” by dropping them off and picking them up at points along the routes.

She said: “I’d recommend walking the routes to anyone because the memories you gain will last forever.”

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