A 7,000 mile litter-picking tour of Britain is the mission for one man and his dog.
Starting and ending at Knott End Library, 44-year-old Wayne Dixon plans to travel around the coast of Scotland and England picking up litter as he goes, as well as raising money for mental health charity MIND and the Northern Inuit Dog Rescue Society.
I’m not trying to break any records I’m just going to take my time and do maybe 10 miles a dayWayne
Along with his four-year-old Northern Inuit dog Koda, Wayne will camp under the stars to save money on the trip, which he estimates will take him around two years.
Wayne, from Clitheroe, said: “I’ll be visiting some beautiful places ruined by litter and I just want to make things better.”
The extreme walk is also in memory of Wayne’s dad John, a keen walker who died three years ago.
Wayne said: “My dad and I used to do lots of walking together and I’ve loved walking ever since. I take Koda for a six mile walk most days anyway so this shouldn’t be too different. I’m not trying to break any records I’m just going to take my time and do maybe 10 miles a day. I’ve got a few people across the country who are going to help me or join me but it’s going to be a real adventure.”
Normally working as a children’s support worker, Wayne is taking time out to fulfil his “lifelong ambition” to walk the British Isles.
He said: “I’m on a tight budget but it’s going to be brilliant. I’ve got a few friends a can stay with but most nights we’ll just be camping. The litter-picking is just a way to clean up our coastline. When I’m walking I always see litter and I want to do something about it.”
Wayne is also supporting the Keep Britain Tidy and Clean for the Queen campaigns and anyone wanting to donate to his appeal can email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
He is starting his epic journey at 10-30am on Monday at Knott End Library.