RNLI charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell arrives in Norfolk on his 9,500 mile trek along the British and Irish coast
PUBLISHED: 13:39 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 September 2017
An adventurous fundraiser has only 500 miles to go of his 9,500 mile journey around the British and Irish coast.
In aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Alex Ellis-Roswell set off on his journey from his hometown Margate in Kent in August 2014.
Three years and 9,000 miles later Mr Ellis-Roswell has finally reached the Norfolk coast.
The 24-year-old walked along The Wash, Heacham and Snettisham beach before making a pit stop in Hunstanton on Friday, September 1.
“There are so many landmarks and RSPB locations.” He said. “And beautiful big skies, especially at dusk and dawn.”
Mr Ellis-Roswell is raising money for RNLI lifeboat stations across the country and so far has raised an astonishing £55,000, surpassing his initial £10,000 target.
The stations have been providing Mr Ellis-Roswell with shelter and sustenance along the way.
He said: “Seeing firsthand how much time these men and women give up and risk to help other people, it is incredibly brave.”
It has been a smooth-sailing journey so far for Mr Ellis-Roswell but he has run into some trouble along the way, not least a confrontation with a herd of bulls in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.
“I’ve been chased by 50 bulls and charged at six times.” He said. “I walked through a huge field which I thought was a cow grid but halfway through I thought ‘that’s not a cow’.
“I have a background in farming so I knew that you had to face them and not run away, which is fair enough on a text book.”
The bulls quickly gathered into a semi circle and charged at him one at a time, but Mr Ellis-Roswell was armed with an unsuspecting weapon.
“I had my umbrella out to look really big and walked backwards. It felt like it went on for ages but it was probably only for a minute.”
Mr Ellis-Roswell will make his next stop in Wells before continuing on to the Suffolk coast.
“I am grateful for the welcome I’ve had here, I have met some amazing people.”