After almost 80 years he is still rambling on...
Walking enthusiast Reg Hobson had double cause for celebration when he reached his 79th birthday this month.
The landmark occasion marked another milestone for the Sheffield rambler – his 300th time leading a walk for a local group.
Reg, of Fulwood, is a founder member of Hallam Community Rambling Association, which began life 12 years ago.
He spotted an ad for weekly seven to 10 mile treks in his local church magazine and contacted organisers to ask if there were any clubs which ran shorter routes for older folk or beginners.
It was then he discovered the community was in need of someone to lead three to five-mile walks.
And since then, the retired civil servant has covered thousands of miles of stunning South Yorkshire and Peak District scenery, inspiring a love of walking in others.
Reg said: “Seven to 10 miles is a bit excessive when you get to my age.
“On our first walk we had four people and a dog. Last year when I was organising the Christmas get-together I had to contact 55 people. So it’s come a long way.
“We’re out rain or shine. It’s great for social interaction and we always stop for a coffee break half way round.”
As well as being a seasoned walker, Reg is a goldmine of local knowledge and treats his fellow ramblers to facts and anecdotes along the way.
He said: “I like to tell them stories about the area. On the 300th walk we went through Plank Gate, one of the oldest Medieval roads which was used to transport silk into Sheffield.”
An army of 27 people turned out celebrate Reg’s 300th walk at the helm of Hallam Community Rambling Association and a party has been organised.
He added: “I have made a lot of friends.
“There has only been one injury in the whole 12 years, where one woman twisted her ankle on her first walk. We’ve been very careful since then.”
Fellow member Warren Cookson said: “Reg is a very popular man. He brings great enthusiasm to walks and takes us around various historic places.”