A Cumbrian hiker has set a new record for a self-supported, solo walk of the National Three Peaks.

Cockermouth-based James Forrest successfully climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - making his way to each mountain by foot - in 16 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds.

The 37-year-old has broken the previous self-supported record of 19 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes which was set by Tina Page in 2017.

Speaking after his accomplishment, James said: "It has been a rollercoaster of an adventure: dizzying highs and crushing lows, with hardship and euphoria in equal measure.

"But I've absolutely loved challenging myself and pushing my boundaries.

Discussing his motives behind the walk, James answered: "The simple process of walking is incredibly therapeutic and works wonders for my mental well-being, better than any drug a doctor could prescribe.”

Forrest began his challenge at the foot of Ben Nevis, passing the Cumbrian Way on his way to England’s highest peak and finishing at Victoria Terrace in Llanberis, after descending off the summit of Snowdon. James explains: "I've seen so much in just 16 days, experiencing the real breadth of the UK's landscapes, from sprawling urban jungles and industrial wastelands to remote mountains and far-flung coastlines. I thought I'd hate the built-up sections, but I found myself relishing the variety. The journey felt like an authentic and real insight into life in the UK."

Hiking alone with no support crew or pre-arranged help, James carried all his kit and camping equipment in a backpack. He re-supplied with food en route and stayed in hotels in more urbanised areas.

James, an outdoors writer, almost had to abandon his attempt at the foot on Snowdon. After 16 days of walking, he succumbed to sunstroke in a searingly hot Llanberis and suffered a bout of vomiting. But, narrowly avoiding an eleventh-hour failure, he regained his composure and made it up and down Wales' highest mountain to complete the long-distance challenge.