Posted on 23 09 2013
Great British Walk
My name is Gareth Axenderrie and I’m going to
be spending the whole of 2014 walking the entire coastline of mainland Great
Britain. Walking on average 20 miles a day, the 7000 mile solo challenge will
encompass every nook and cranny, every cape and headland of Wales, England and
Scotland’s rich and varied coastline, as I take on everything the British
Mother Nature has to throw at me. The only time I’ll be straying inland
will be to climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis to complete to the
ultimate endurance challenge without needing a passport.
Just how far is 7000 miles? Relatively
speaking it’s the same as walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats seven and a
half times, or walking from Birmingham to Singapore. Other factors have to be
taken into account when measuring the scale of my challenge though. The ascent
of the 630 mile South West Coastal Path for example is calculated at 114,931
feet, that’s four times the total height of Mount Everest.
I’ll be spending most nights camping on cliff
tops, in fields, on beaches and in sand dunes, occasionally venturing into
B&Bs and hostels to get a comfortable bed, recharge my batteries (literally
andmetaphorically) and maintain at least a level of personal hygiene.
The reason I’m doing this is a combination of
being slightly mental, a love for the outdoors and longing to be at one with
nature. However it is also about wanting to raise money and awareness for the
fantastic Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, who treat thousands of cancer
patients in South Wales and beyond every year.
I’m also delighted to announce that Bridgedale
will be sponsoring me with a supply of socks next year. A massive concern of
mine is the health of my feet, but I am confident that a combination of a
Bridgedale liner and the WoolFusion® Trekker sock will reduce issues of hot
spots and blisters, enabling me to walk harder, faster and further. My concerns
about my feet are hugely reduced knowing I have Bridgedale socks with me every
step of the way!
I’ll be blogging monthly here on the
Bridgedale website but you can also follow me on the Great British Walk
Facebook page and on Twitter @gb_walk.