21st May 2010

Nat’s Big Walk

Viv Alexander

Nat  is walking the entire coastline of mainland Great Britain, fund-raising for three charities.  GeoVation have supplied Ordnance Survey maps of the Scottish coastline to help him with his challenge.  You can catch up with Nat’s progress through the regular posts he will be making here on the GeoVation blog – the first is below…. 

My name is Nathaniel Severs and on Sunday 10 January I set out on a 7,000-mile walk around the coast of mainland Britain from my home in Portsmouth. It was originally one of those things you talk about but never do, yet somehow, here I am, three months in raising money for three charities: the Stroke Association, the Mammal Society and the physiotherapy department at Southampton General Hospital.

Nat at the start on Southsea sefront Portmouth, nest to South Parade Pier
Nat at the start on Southsea sefront Portmouth, near to South Parade Pier

From my start point, I headed westward along the south coast until I reached Lands End, then headed up the west coast to cross over the Severn Bridge into Wales. I have now almost completed the Welsh coast and I’m still nowhere near halfway.

Nat on the cliffs above Sidmouth, Devon

Nat on the cliffs above Sidmouth, Devon

My original target was to achieve 20 miles each day sticking as close to the coastline as I possibly could. Increased fitness and more daylight have given me the opportunity to increase that to 25 miles recently.

The main aim was to get out and explore Britain and I have seen many beautiful places and sights already. There is nothing better than a good sunrise or sunset and I have seen some absolute stunners. Other highlights have been completing the south-west coast path with all it’s challenges, being lucky enough to walk around the Gower peninsula in bright sunshine and so many more.

The walking is hard, but there is always a friendly person or stunning sight to make it all worth it and, with OS map in one hand and my camera in the other, I am looking forward to the rest of my journey. There will no doubt be many more highlights and I look forward to sharing them with you in this blog every two weeks.

Nathaniel Severs

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