Well... that’s my third pair of boots worn out

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He has covered a massive 1,200 miles, worn out three pairs of boots – and Paul Carter is still walking.

The 36-year-old from Luddenden Foot is trekking across Europe, scattering the ashes of his beloved stepfather, Stuart Earnshaw.

Mr Earnshaw, 48, died when his classic Norton motorbike crashed with a fork-lift truck in Park Road, Elland, in 2009.

He was an engineer at Asquith Butler Ltd, who built his own classic motorbikes and performed with the Jump Jive ‘N’ Wail band

To mark the second anniversary of his death, Mr Carter wanted to undertake a pilgrimage in honour of all the trips his stepfather had told him about.

Mr Carter’s mum and Mr Earnshaw’s partner, Rona Rendle, said: “He remembers Stuart telling him stories of his travels. There was one in particular about when he was in his 20s and he travelled through France and Spain on his motorbike.”

Mr Carter set off on foot from Luddenden on September 6 and walked to Hull where he took a ferry to Zeebrugge and then walked along the coast of Belguim.

When he got to France, he carried on walking. His travels included stops in La Rochelle, where Mr Earnshaw and Ms Rendle visited on a motorbike trip, the chapel on Mont Saint Michelle, the Pyrenees and The Picos de Europa mountains in north Spain.

He stopped to scatter Mr Earnshaw’s ashes at all these places and any other beautiful spots he found along the way.

On a tight budget, he has been camping for most of the trip, braving freezing temperatures at night.

Ms Rendle said her son was a keen walker and undertook a similar trip in 2008, covering 500 miles from The Pyrenees to Santiago De Compostella in memory of his grandma.

“I’m extremely proud of him,” she said. “He’s trying to do something positive and it is helping him. It’s a beautiful thing that he’s doing.” Mr Carter is planning to return home in the coming days.