Trek to circle country passes county’s north

Christian Nock gets a warm Amble welcome from Colyn Pentleton. Ref: JCNG nock
Christian Nock gets a warm Amble welcome from Colyn Pentleton. Ref: JCNG nock

A man walking around the entire coastline of Britain to highlight the plight of homelessness of ex-soldiers passed through north Northumberland last week.

Christian Nock, who is raising money for Help for Heroes on his 6,500-mile trek, set off from Blackpool in August last year.

He is walking non-stop around the country’s coast, equivalent to walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End seven-and-a-half times, and has already raised more than £76,000.

And last Wednesday, he made it to north Northumberland as he dropped into Amble during the afternoon.

There he met Colyn Pentleton, who owns The Farm Bakery Shop on Queen Street, who was his contact in the area and passed on his maps for his route up to Edinburgh as well as giving him some food and drink.

Colyn got involved as someone who already tries to do his bit for homelessness by running a ‘suspended food and drink’ scheme.

It involves people coming into the shop and buying a coffee for themselves, for example, as well as a suspended one which a homeless person can pick up whenever they come in.

“I first read about it when he was down on the south coast,” he added. “It was quite quiet back then, but it’s esacalated as he got through London and up the east coast.”

The following day, the 345th of his mammoth trek, saw him walk from Boulmer to Seahouses via places such as Newton-by-the-Sea.

The next day saw a rest day in Wooler before heading to Holy Island, where he stayed for the night, ensuring he was across before the Causeway closed later in the afternoon.

Updating his blog that night, he said: “The Priory and Castle are pretty damn impressive and the views great.

“I’m really quite excited about crossing the border into Scotland tomorrow and hope I’m welcomed as much as the Welsh and English have made me feel since I began this mad, mad, mad mission.”

The trek’s 348th day saw him heading up to Berwick before crossing the border and heading into Scotland.

To find out more about Christian’s journey or to make a donation to Help for Heroes, visit the website – www.chris – or follow his updates on his Christian Around Britain Facebook page.