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
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.