ONE MAN & HIS DOG

Our abil­ity to han­dle life’s chal­lenges is a mea­sure of our strength, but there are few who could cope with walk­ing around the en­tire UK coast­line, says Morag Boot­land

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Pics from Chris Lewis' mam­moth coastal walk round the UK

Just over two years ago, Chris Lewis ac­com­pa­nied by his dog, Jet, set off from a beach in Wales on an epic ad­ven­ture. To­gether they are walk­ing around the en­tire coast of the UK, a leg-aching dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately 14,000km. From Llan­gen­nith beach in Wales the pair headed clock­wise around the UK and North­ern Ire­land to­wards Scot­land with noth­ing but a tent. Here they en­coun­tered the un­ri­valled beauty and unique chal­lenges thrown up by the many and var­ied is­lands off the west coast.

Chris is un­der­tak­ing this mon­ster chal­lenge in or­der to raise money and aware­ness for SSAFA (Sol­diers, Sailors, Air­men and Fam­i­lies As­so­ci­a­tion) the armed forces char­ity, a cause that is close to the heart of the veteran.

“They en­coun­tered the un­ri­valled beauty and unique chal­lenges thrown up by the is­lands

‘I served with the 2nd Bat­tal­ion Parachute Reg­i­ment and have had some chal­leng­ing times since re­turn­ing to civil­ian life. As a sin­gle par­ent, I’ve been bring­ing up my daugh­ter for the last ten years and SSAFA have re­ally helped me keep my head above wa­ter through­out that time. I have ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand what they do and I hon­estly don’t know where I would be with­out their help and sup­port,’ he says.

Chris aims to raise £10,000 for the char­ity and hopes that the his love of the out­doors will see him through as he un­der­takes this epic jour­ney.

The most chal­leng­ing stretch of his ad­ven­ture to date has been on the Isle of Har­ris in Jan­uary this year, when he walked a 110km stretch of moun­tain­ous coast­line in one go, a feat that he be­lieves has never been done be­fore. So in­ac­ces­si­ble is the route that Chris had to ar­range for sup­plies to be dropped off to him by boat.

These im­ages are just a taster of Chris’s trav­els around Scot­land’s coast, but if like us you’d like to keep tabs on Chris’s progress you can fol­low him on Face­book at Chris Walks the UK. Or if you’d like to help Chris to reach his target then you can spon­sor him via Just­Giv­ing at www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/chriswalks.

“Chris hopes that his love of the out­doors will see him through as he un­der­takes this epic jour­ney

“So in­ac­ces­si­ble is the route that Chris had to ar­range for sup­plies to be dropped off by boat

“He walked a 110km stretch of moun­tain­ous coast­line in one go

Im­ages from above clock­wise: Cel­e­brat­ing fin­ish­ing the He­brides, North­ern Ire­land and West Coast of main­land Scot­land; Jet waits for Chris to pitch his tent near In­verie; Glen Brit­tle on Skye, about to tackle the Cuillins.

Im­ages from above clock­wise: The Cuillins on Skye, July 2018; The Isle of Lewis, Fe­bru­ary 2019; re­lax­ing af­ter climb­ing Ben Ne­vis; North Uist, March 2019; on route to Ard­na­mur­chan, the most west­erly main­land point in Bri­tain.

Im­ages from above clock­wise: Win­ter on the Isle of Har­ris, Chris’s tent was smashed to pieces by 50 mile per hour winds the night be­fore; a wel­come bothy on the Isle of Rum; cook­ing out by Loch Ne­vis; Uist selfie; in the snow on Har­ris; Jet on Har­ris, Fe­bru­ary 2019; Jet takes shel­ter while Chris looks for food on the Isle of Rum.

Top: En­joy­ing the views in the North of Skye. Above: mus­sels for­aged on the Isle of Rum. Above right: fire is es­sen­tial to cook food.

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