A DEDICATED walker has undertaken a mammoth challenge to walk around the UK coastline to raise money for charity.
Nathaniel Severs, 24, from Portsmouth set out on his 7,000 mile journey earlier this year in aid of the Stroke Association, the Mammal Society and Southampton General Hospitals Paediatric Physiotherapy department; and has been passing through North Wales this month.
He said: “I set off on January 10 from Portsmouth and should be finished about December 23. I planned to do 20 miles a day, but I’m doing a bit more at the moment - I’ve made about five days up which is good.”
Walking the coastline clockwise, Nathaniel is completing the trek alone with no support team.
“It was an idea I had when I was in college. I thought it would be quite great to do. After university I did a bit of travelling and then thought I should just do it.
“It definitely hasn’t been plain sailing. I’ve had no major problems with my feet but I have had a few near misses with cows though - they don't seem to like me too much. I also rescued a horse outside Newport - I found one stuck in a ditch so called the RSPCA and the firecrews had to come out.”
Although the weather is starting to improve, the harsh conditions have taken their toll on the walker. But he has still kept on track and spirits are high as he approached the first third of his 340 day journey.
“If I’m in my tent it’s a bit easier to get up,” said Nathaniel. “If I’m in a hostel or staying with people it’s a bit harder to get up when it’s horrible outside and I'm nice and cosy.
“Basically I’m too stubborn to give up. The only reason I'll stop is if I badly injure myself.”
• If you would like to sponsor Nathaniel on his coastline trek, visit the website at www.justgiving.com/natsbigwalk
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