Walking the coast. An Adventure.
Walking the Coast for Mind.
My name is Steve Tilley, I’m sixty-two years old, and I care passionately about mental health awareness. Many people suffer from mental health challenges, and the pandemic has helped raise awareness of the mental health conversation. To help support the charity Mind, I am going on an adventure to raise funds for this fantastic charity.
I will be walking over 3,500 miles along the Welsh Coastal Path, followed by the English Coastal Path. On my walk, I will take more than seven million steps so that Mind can help millions of people take their first steps to improve their mental health.
I am particularly keen to help support young people with mental health challenges. I know how hard it can be to access the care and support needed from first-hand accounts. I have witnessed friends struggling to get their children the help they need and how that affects both the child and their families.
I will be walking solo, just me and my thoughts, carrying my tent and equipment and camping or staying in local accommodation throughout the walk. My aim is to only travel by walking throughout the entire trek, which will take about a year.
I will commence my epic adventure at the Tudor Arms in Slimbridge on March 21st 2022. From there, I will walk to Chepstow to join the Welsh Coastal Path, which alone is 870 miles long. When completed, I will embark on the 2700 miles of the English Coastal Path. This journey will see me travel up the coast to Carlisle and then walk across to the historic Berwick upon Tweed. From there, the navigation is much less challenging; just keep the sea on my left as I follow the coast around England back to Aust.
Then from Aust, I walk back to the Tudor Arms for a well-deserved pint.
The walk won’t just take me to some of Britain’s most scenic places, but to some coastal towns that are the most deprived in Britain. There will undoubtedly be quite literally ups and downs on my walk, which won’t just be the steep cliff paths. The walk will be very challenging, not just physically, but in having the mental strength and resolve to push on through.
I have done several training walks, including Offa’s Dyke path, The Thames Way and the Cotswold Way. I have learned from these that people are always interested in what I am doing and are very supportive. However, solo walking can be a lonely business, so the more people who follow and support me, the better
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