Parklife! Youngsters take on epic 53-mile journey around city

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WHEN Phebe and Toby Mew came up with the idea of walking to every park in Portsmouth it seemed like it was a step too far.

But with just three to go, and 53 miles under their belts, the eight and three-year-old have nearly completed their epic challenge.

Karah Mew and her children Phebeand Toby walked 53 miles in 10 days visiting parks in Portsmouth''''Picture: Sarah Standing (150777-6680)

Karah Mew and her children Phebeand Toby walked 53 miles in 10 days visiting parks in Portsmouth''''Picture: Sarah Standing (150777-6680)

The idea came after Phebe and Toby visited their aunt’s house and went to two parks in one day.

After enjoying the visit, the pair came home to their parents and asked them if they could take on the challenge.

Mum Karah Mew, from Copnor, said: ‘Phebe was the one who really wanted to do this and I thought it was a good idea.

‘I don’t drive so we decided to walk everywhere.’

This saw the family walk more than 53 miles in 10 days visiting 25 parks across the city.

Karah said: ‘We were leaving the house at 10am and not getting back till 7.30pm so we were all pretty tired but Toby and Phebe loved it.’

Phebe has made a book documenting the adventure, complete with a review of each park.

Karah said: ‘In each one we went to we took a photo and now we have put it in the book.

‘Phebe is now writing the things that she liked the most about each park and what she didn’t like.’

The College Park pupil has shown her friends and family her book, entitled Phebe and Toby’s Portsmouth Park Adventure.

Phebe said: ‘I liked Landport adventure playground the best because of the climbing frame.’

Karah’s favourite park was St James’ park in Milton.

‘It was my favourite because it had teepees in and we did den building there which Toby liked,’ said Karah.

After talking to their friends about their adventure, Karah has found that more and more of them want to experience all the parks.

‘One friend went to Orlando over the Easter holidays and when we told them about what we had been doing he was more interested in that than his holiday,’ she said.

Karah has now decided that she wants to review each park for parents.

She said: ‘I might do this as a blog as a lot of my friends want to know which parks are good and which to avoid.’