THOUSANDS of people pulled on their walking shoes and pounded the paths of the borough when the Dudley Trail took place last weekend.

Walkers of all ages and abilities took on the walking challenge, which returned for its 39th year on Sunday May 5.

The Dudley Council-run event, in partnership with The Lee Shaw Partnership, saw walkers take on trails of six, nine, 12, 20 and 28 miles in celebration of the borough's heritage.

Many people took on the walk to raise funds for good causes.

Mohammed Sagir, Dudley businessman and ambassador, took on the six mile trail for the White House Cancer Support, based in Dudley,

He managed to raise £300 for the organisation, which provides support to people living with cancer and their families. He credited his fundraising to a close friend who has been supported by the centre.

More than 1,000 entries were received before the event took place, with many others arriving to take part on the day.

Sarah Norman, chief executive at Dudley Council, said: "The Dudley Trail has become an annual tradition for many. This year, we had perfect walking weather and it’s great to see so many people of all ages taking part, getting outdoors and active while taking in the landscape Dudley borough has to offer. Well done to all those who took part.”

Peter Davenport, of The Lee, Shaw Partnership, added: "We’re really proud to support the 39th Dudley Trail and be part of an event, which brings people together.

"A team of us put on our walking boots and joined in the 12 mile walk and saw for ourselves what a wonderful event this is and what a wonderful borough we live in.”