Latest celeb spot! Eric Pollard from Emmerdale

We've had Robson Greene on Hadrian’s Wall and Julia Bradbury in the South Downs but our latest celebrity encounter is the hardiest yet!

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1000-miler Tony Walker was enjoying a wintry adventure in the Dales when he saw a familiar figure crunching towards him – Emmerdale's very own Chris Chittell, better known as Eric Pollard! 

 Chittell has played Emmerdale's Eric Pollard for 31 years.

Chittell has played Emmerdale's Eric Pollard for 31 years.

Like Tony, 69-year-old Chittell (Emmerdale's longest-serving character) was battling to the summit of Penyghent, perhaps the shapeliest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Says Tony of the encounter: "I was sat having my lunch when I saw him plodding up to the cairn. I said 'I do believe your Eric Pollard', and swiftly apologised for not knowing his real name! We passed pleasantries and I asked him for a quick picture. Very nice bloke!'

And clearly the real-deal when it comes to walking!

 Penyghent, where the pair met.

Penyghent, where the pair met.