Skelton yomps her way out 
of Blue Peter

Helen Skelton is bowing out of Blue Peter after more than five years on the show, but not before revealing if she has succeeded in another awe-inspiring challenge.

The presenter, who leaves today, has canoed down the Amazon, done a high-wire walk between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station and travelled 500 miles across the Antarctica during her stint on the long-running children’s show.

And before she goes viewers will see her attempt the Royal Marines Yomp – a 30-mile trek across Dartmoor with a 32lb backpack that has to be completed in under eight hours.

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Skelton, who recently signed up as a presenter for BT Sport, will be replaced by CBBC colleague Radzi Chinyanganya.

Chinyanganya will join the show in mid-October, joining Lindsey Russell and regular host Barney Harwood, who also graduated to the show after becoming a familiar face on CBBC.