A couple from Cornwall are taking on the 6,000-mile challenge of walking the entire mainland British coastline, while raising money for charity.
Antony and Sally Brown, from St Blazey Gate, have chosen two charities to support along the way – the RNLI and Cornwall Air Ambulance.
The couple came up with the idea after walking the Cornish coast path within two weeks back in 2015. They planned the route and logistics during lockdown and will now be setting off from the RNLI lifeboat station in Bude on Monday 15th May 2023.
The route will take them clockwise around the country, going from Cornwall, around the South West, up across Wales for seven weeks, the north west of England, Scotland will take about five months mostly through the winter, down the east coast, around south coast and back to Cornwall.
Antony and Sally will be camping and staying in B&Bs along the way. They will also be asking friends and family to drive their motorhome along the route, also providing them with somewhere to stay.
It is estimated that the journey will take a whole year, with the aim to complete the walk by 22nd May 2024 – the day before Sally’s 60th birthday.
They are raising money for both the RNLI and Cornwall Air Ambulance, with a target of £20,000 for your charity.
Antony with comedian Joe Wilkinson at a Park Run event
Antony said: “We want to give something back to Cornwall, having watched Cornwall Air 999 on TV and seeing how vital the service is to people in this county, not just people who live here but people who come on holidays here too, we need the air ambulance. And not just in Cornwall but for the Isles of Scilly too, if someone has a heart attack on Scilly, then how are they going to get to hospital without Cornwall Air Ambulance? It really is that vital link.
“Without the funding the service wouldn’t exist, it really is down to the good will of people to donate. And people never know when they’re going to need that service, or when they might be in trouble and need that urgent vital assistance. You never know when you might need it, but more importantly you never know when someone else might need it.”