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Litter Picking around the British Isles

Mari Lydford - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Litter Picking around the British Isles

We read in the press at the weekend of the progress being made by 45-year-old former solider Wayne Dixon on his around the UK walk. In February 2016 Wayne packed in his job as a youth worker, picked up a litter picker and is currently walking the entire coastline of the UK, he has vowed to pick up every bit of litter as he goes and there are no time limits – it takes as long as it takes! As he walks Wayne hopes to inspire individuals and communities to consider their surroundings and join in the litter pick. He has already picked up some 6000 bags of rubbish.

With his Northern Inuit rescue dog Koda for company, and a budget of £50.00 a week, Wayne is relying on the generosity of strangers for overnight accommodation and meals. He carries a 50 lb back pack containing a tent and other essentials just in case he doesn’t get the offer of a bed for the night.

This is his life’s dream and he is doing the walk in memory of his father and walking partner John who died suddenly in 2012. Not only does he collect litter as he walks, but he is also raising money and awareness for the charities Mind and Northern Inuit Society.

The first man to walk the 6824 miles around the coastline of the UK was John Merrill in 1978 and it’s thought that only 48 individuals have completed the challenge since. If you are interested in walking along some of our wonderful coastal routes – we can help you here at The Walking Holiday Company. Wayne started his walk from Glencoe and from there you could head along the Ayrshire Coast Path on the west coast of Scotland, followed by the East Highland Way and the Fife Coast Path. In the north of the UK, coast walks include the Cleveland Way, the Northumberland Coast Path and St Oswald’s Way. It is now possible to walk the entire coastline of Wales, or break it into manageable sections including the popular Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the Ceredigion Coast path, The Llyn and Meirionnydd Paths and of course you could always walk around Anglesey. In the south of the UK if you want a flat walk with lots of wildlife to see then we would suggest the Norfolk Coast Path and finally the longest walk of them all (and nowhere near the distance Wayne will be walking), would be the South West Coast Path. Alternatively we also offer islands walks, the most popular being the Isle of Wight or the wonderful, rugged Isle of Arran Coastal Way.

We offer all the above walks plus many more inland routes all over the UK, so for exceptional, personal service look no further than The Walking Holiday Company.

 

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