Sleeping rough and walking the British coast for charity

TREK Christian Nock, who stayed in Portsmouth last night
TREK Christian Nock, who stayed in Portsmouth last night
The Trafalgar pub in Gosport 
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YOU will either see me walk the coast of Britain or you will witness my death. There is no way that I am giving up.

Last August I set off from Blackpool. I was on the verge of homelessness and I thought if I am going to be homeless then I might as well do it in style.

The only thing I had was my army kit that I had kept since I left the Staffordshire Regiment in 1998.

I put on my boots and starting walking, sleeping rough along the way.

I want to be the only person to walk the coast of Britain and sleep rough the whole way. I don’t take the easy path and do not use ferries, which means I have to walk the long way round.

I have been walking for over 200 days and so far I have raised nearly £10,000 for Help for Heroes.

On Saturday I walked from Hamble-le-Rice to Gosport. A chap called Guy met me at the Itchen bridge. He treated me to real coffee and a fry-up. I was well chuffed and it had also gave me the opportunity to thaw out.

I then followed the trail next to the River Hamble down to Warsash. There Stephen Clay of Berkshire Outdoor Leisure gave me my ninth pair of boots.

I followed the coast round in front of Gilkicker Fort past the front of the old HMS Dolphin over a bridge and then into Gosport.

A lady called Tracey who lived nearby offered the use of her garage for the night. I was made up!

She also dried my sleeping bag.

The next morning I set off for Portchester Castle. A chap called Kevin offered me his garage to sleep in for the night. Yet again the people of Britain are restoring my faith in their kindness.

To read more of my posts visit my Facebook page Christian Around Britain.