A TROWBRIDGE hiker walked 500 miles across Spain and he proclaimed he will walk 500 more to raise as much as he can for Motor Neurone Disease Research.

George Barlow, of Broadmead, took part in the Camino Santiago walk, which involved him hiking from the South West of France, over the Pyrenees, to the North West of Spain, over the course of 37 days.

Despite damaging his achilles tendon just six days into the trek, the 25-year-old enjoyed an unforgettable experience and ended up raising nearly £1,000 for the charity to boot.

"I had a fantastic time. I met so many people from all over the world, made some new friends and raised a good amount for a good cause," said the former St Augustine's pupil.

"My grandmother died from motor neurone disease last year and I wanted to raise money for this as it is an issue close to my heart.

"Sometimes I walked on my own and other times I was joined by others on the pilgrimage. There were spectacular views, mixed in with some painful moments that involved my aching feet, but it was something I would love to do again.

"There are many different routes you can do and there is another similar one in Japan, so yes, I would jump at the chance to do this in the future."