In his quest to trek the coast of Britain before he is 85, church steward Derek Adams has so far clocked up 2,022 miles. This was at the end of the fifth leg of his adventure, in which he travelled from Torquay, round Land's End, into Wales, finishing west of Cardiff Bay. He will start from there in the sixth leg, sometime in 2024. Watch this space for dates!
Apart from raising funds for Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and the RNLI, Derek has visited 115 RNLI stations.
Back in Aylesbury, he said at yesterday's house group, "I have been struck by the wonderful coastal scenery we have and the amazing flora and fauna. But what strikes me the most is the interaction of people I have met on the way round, who have been so helpful, generous and hospitable, the epitome of what people should be. And each Sunday, I have been enthused and reinvigorated by the different congregations I have met, who all seemed to have a common understanding of who they are, what they are doing and what life is all about."
To read some of the excellent write-ups of Derek's trekking diary, by his wife Sue and daughter Amy, click here for their Facebook page.
if you want to contribute to Derek's fund-raising, click here for his Just Giving page.