Retirement village residents inspired by the first lockdown to do a virtual 603 mile walk from Land's End to John o'Groats are now planning a 190 mile 'coast to coast' trek as the second lockdown looms.

It all began with a virtual 26 mile marathon walk by residents and staff of the Castle View retirement village in Helston Lane, Windsor that raised almost £1,000 for the NHS during lockdown in April.

When they had done that it seemed a logical step to take on a more challenging task - covering the entire 603 mile distance from Land's End to John o'Groats, all within the grounds of their retirement village.

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They started that challenge on April 20 and finished six months later as October drew to a close and a second lockdown loomed.

They had raised £1,400.

They have already set off on their next virtual adventure, embarked on their winter challenge of walking Coast to Coast, a total of 190miles.

The concept behind all the walks is to get fit and raise money for the NHS, with participants running or walking over one of two routes around the building, with accurate measurement on a pedometer.

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Lisa Fisher, village manager of Castle View said: "It has been a lot of fun so far, and a great effort enthusiastically embraced by everyone.

“It created yet another example of the wonderful community spirit that thrives here.”

Each walker was presented with a competitor medal and a refreshing celebratory glass of prosecco when the Land's End walk ended.

Ian Fairbairn, one of the resident walkers said: “One of the routes included walking around the Sky Deck and it certainly helped with motivation to have such amazing views of Windsor Castle.”

Anyone wishing to add to the sum raised, can still donate through the special Just Giving Page -