A charity walker is in Shetland this week as part of an epic trek which will see him traverse 19,000 miles of British coastline.
Richard Lynn, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, started his trek last October after he joked with friends in the pub that he ought to “walk off these bad habits.”
Mr Lynn decided to undertake the journey a few months later, and in doing so he hopes to raise awareness of and money for the MS Society and mental health awareness.
These are issues close to his heart, having seen the tragic effects of mental illness first hand. He is also a member of the MS Society committee back in his hometown.
Along the way, Mr Lynn has been joined by his two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Fudge and Benji – a rescue dog who just recently turned one year old.
The marathon journey will see Mr Lynn return to the Scottish mainland next week to begin his trip down the west coast. He hopes to take in Ireland, Wales and the south coast before finally looping back to Bridlington by the end of this year.
The trip has already seen him go through “quite a few tents” as he braves the elements. So far Ruby Bay near Fife has been a standout camping spot though Mr Lynn said he was “absolutely loving Shetland.”
Despite a few tough and unpleasant moments – including a slightly comical incident in which he and the dogs fell into a bog in John o’ Groats – Mr Lynn says he has taken to the journey “like a duck to water.”
“The dogs have been absolutely loving it too.” he added.
• Mr Lynn will be activating a JustGiving account to raise funds 30 days before his trip comes to an end. People can follow his progress at https://www.facebook.com/richard.lynn.180