Between 24 July and 6 August 2010, The Extreme Cellists managed the mammoth Coast-to-Coast walk across northern England, as made famous by Alfred Wainwright. This 192-mile trek, spread across 14 consecutive days of walking, involved all the usual challenges of such a walk, plus the added difficulty of carrying cellos - and of course playing along the way (usually three times a day!).

The challenge managed to raise over £6,000 for two causes. Aspire is a charity that helps rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries, and has a long history of partnership with Extreme Cello. The other charity we hope to raise money for this time is PACT (Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukemia), a Sheffield-based charity that provides a range of support services for families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer, including two caravans and a house right next to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The mammoth walk took us from West to East, starting at St Bees in Cumbria, and finishing at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. We were very grateful for some high-profile endorsements: among others from Coast-to-Coast guru BBC presenter Julia Bradbury, and comic actor John Challis. And whilst we were on route, we were fortunate to receive messages of support from Stephen Fry (via Twitter) and Stuart Maconie (on Radio 2) - many thanks!

The full story of the challenge, as told on our blog at the time, is repeated here: