HUNDREDS of walkers and their dogs took part in the annual Malvern Hills Challenge, all to raise money for veterans.

350 walkers and 100 dogs took part in the challenge, walking up and down all 17 peaks of the Malvern Hills and raising £13,500 for Help for Heroes.

Starting at Priory Park, walkers were ferried to the Bromsberrow Estate before moving north up towards Monument Hill.

They then continued past British Camp and Sally's Place, down past St Ann's Well and through Rosebank Gardens to the finish line at Priory Park.

Waiting at the finish line were dignitaries including Mayor of Malvern Neil Morton, and Conservative candidates Harriett Baldwin and Robin Walker.

A particular highlight of the walk was the flypast from the WW2 Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Chief executive of Help for Heroes, Melanie Waters, also took part as did members of the 'Band of Brothers' group of disabled veterans.

Caroline Buchanan from Malvern Hills Challenge, said: "Our congratulations go to all the walkers with a special thank you to our sponsors, especially Bovis Homes, Malvern College, Insight Trans Logistics and WHC Hire Services.

"We mustn’t forget the 24 volunteers who made the whole thing possible, the Severn Area Rescue Association for providing the essential first aid and rescue cover and the Worcester Troop of B Company Hereford and Worcester Battalion Army Cadet Force.

"The latter in particular undertook the essential task of manning the check points and helping walkers stay on route while providing a smart military flavour to the event.

"Thanks also to the Great Malvern Hotel who donated a meal to the volunteers on the Saturday evening.

"It was quite a day with plenty of excitement but at the end also plenty of smiling faces and not a little sweat."

Next year's walk takes place on Saturday, September 9, 2020.