Wales walkers

A number of people have, are currently, or are planning to walk (or run), the Wales periphery or the Wales Coast Path.  These are ones I know about.  Have there been others?  If so do let me know.

Dragon Run

Anne-Marie “Arry” Beresford-Webb ran all the way round Wales last year, 39 successive days with a marathon everyday.  So far she has collected nearly £10,000 pounds for Velindre Cancer Centre’s Stepping Stones Appeal.

Dragon Walk

Steve Webb walked round Wales last summer, collecting for his school St David’s College.

Walk Wales 1027

Dave Quarrell another round Wales walker last year, collecting for Cancer Research Wales.  Seeing this photo is making me hope the little Thayers kiosk is still there on Penarth Pier.

Wath Walk 2012

 

zoe-wathen-menai-bridge-2012-croppedZoe Wathen walked the Wales Coast Path last year … after having walked the South West Path in 2011 … what will she do in 2013?

Wales Coast Challenge

Kyle Samuel, Adam Robinson, and Marcus Thomas, are aiming to walk the coast path (870 miles), or as far as they can manage, in 30 days.

Walk on Wales

A marathon effort (but not in the sense of Amy’s 39 marathons!), from August through to October 11 teams will be walking the coast path aiming to raise £1 million for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress.

Walking Wales 4 MND

Justin Hostettler-Davies is walking from Prestatyn to Porthcawl (670 miles), starting July 12th and finishing 37 days later.  This and his subsequent challenges have been to raise funds (over £14,000 to date) and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

Rosie Unsworth Challenge

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Rosie is walked the Coast Path clockwise collecting for WaterAid.  She finished on 26th July 2013 and is the first Brazilian to complete the Wales Coast Path.

WillWalksWales

Will is walked the full periphery to promote outdoor activity in Wales for the youth.  He is the youngest person to do the complete circuit since the Wales Coast Path opened.

Donkey around Wales

Hannah Engelkamp walked around Wales starting and ending in Aberystwyth where she was brought up, and for company she has Chico a seaside Donkey.  I’m not sure how she coped with the stiles en route!  She has produced a book and film about the journey.

Nikki is Walking Round Wales

NikkiNikki McAllister-Freeman is currently walking the whole way round Wales in stages in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Siriol – Cerdded Cymru / Walking Wales

siriol-cropped-smlSiriol is walking all round wales to raise awareness of and raise money for Pancreatic Cancer.  She is no novice at walking having already trekked in South America for the same cause, a very personal mission having lost her father to the disease.

… and more long-distance walkers not (just) walking Wales

And here are a few more people doing long distance walks (and runs) in other places.

Christian around Britain

Christian went round the Wales coast last autumn, but as part of a 6500 mile trek around the whole coast of Britain in aid of Help for Heroes.

Elsie Downing: Run the Coast

Elsie Downing is nearing the end of running 5000 miles round the coast of the UK — an amazing feat of endurance.

2WalkTo charity walk

Alex Harvey and Will Connor, are walking form London to Totnes, a distance of 250 miles, in aid of Ronald McDonald House Bristol and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Forgotten Paths

Ross Packman is hiking the 630-mile South West Coast Path (SWCP), aiming to raise £5000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

British Walks

David Cotton maintains a list of people past and present who have or are walking the entire coats fo Britain.  Some, like Chrstian Nook, all in one go, and some sectional walkers, doing a portion at a time, sometimes over many years.

The first such walker was John Merrill, who completed it in 1978.  I didn’t recall the name, but do remember it being reported a the time, I think on Blue Peter.  I think about half way round he got March Disease (small stress fractures of the foot bones) and had to take a sort beak for his feet to heal.

As a tiny child I used to look at the globe and imagine walking all the way round (swimming between the Aleutian Islands!), so hearing about this first round Britain walk was wonderful.

Thanks to Ted Richards, himself a complete Wales-England Coast walker, for letting me know about this great resource and inspiration.

4 thoughts on “Wales walkers

  1. Hi Allan, just replying to your twitter message. I don’t have a website, so far for me its just twitter.
    I am setting off to walk around the whole of Wales on Monday-from my front door. I am 22 and have been told i Will be the youngest person to complete it if i am successful! im aiming, through atwitter, to raise awareness to those my age in Wales, of the adventure we have on our door steps

    • This sounds wonderful. As you are going in the same direction as me, and setting off before me, you will probably catch me up on you second circuit 😉

      Are you setting out from Cardiff? I was born and brought up in Bangor St, Roath Park, but have not lived in Cardiff for nearly 35 years, so it is a sort of homecoming. I love the idea of just walking out your front door and being on your way – makes me think of Laurie Lee “As I walked out one midsummer morning”.

      BTW. have you seen Social Hiking? Maybe a way to track progress and create a geographic record of tweets, etc.

  2. Hi Alan, you have so much information on this site, I don’t know where to start! However, I note you include other people’s walks and so thought I’d let you know about mine.
    I’m walking round Wales to raise money for Cancer Research UK and to get to know my newly adopted home, having moved to Wales in 2014. I’m not in the same league as most of the others on your site, and am doing it in short stages (5 to 10 miles per section). It’s taking a loooong time – I started in January 2015 and have only completed 237 miles. However, I’m loving it! I take photos as I’m going and hope to publish a book of these to raise more funds. Thanks for producing this website and deep respect to you for completing so much more than just a walk!

    • You have been added 🙂

      Let me know if you have Twitter, Facebook, blog or other places you’d like me to link to, and do keep me updated on your progress.

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