Dave stops off in Eastbourne during walk around Britain

Dave Higgins is walking around the British coastline. SUS-140513-115651001
Dave Higgins is walking around the British coastline. SUS-140513-115651001

A Scotsman who is walking around the British coastline passed through Eastbourne on his 311th day of travelling earlier this week.

Dave Higgins set off from Withernsea, a seaside resort in Yorkshire, on Saturday, March 30 2013 and began walking anti-clockwise around the island.

Dave, who lives in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, is taking on the challenge to raise money for Parkinson’s UK and hopes to collect a pound for every mile he walks. So far, he’s received £5,825 in donations - just shy of the £6,000 he’s hoping to raise.

On Sunday, May 11, Dave completed the Seaford to Eastbourne leg of his journey and on Monday, he moved on to Norman’s Bay, taking total to 4,773 miles so far.

On his blog, Coasting Round Britain, Dave wrote, “I thought the cliffs from Seaford to Beachy Head and into Eastbourne might have been slow going but it was a good footpath, just like walking on a lawn, and the hills were gently rolling.

“The strong wind behind me made easy work on the uphill side and gusts occasionally blew me into a run downhill so I made good time.

“From Beachy Head it was downhill into Eastbourne and I got to the pier for 12.00. I had been prepared for a hard slow walk and having to rush to get here in time but the 13 miles turned out to be a very pleasant and fairly relaxed walk.”

On Sunday night, Dave stayed with friends Gavin and Pearl in the town but for the most of the time, he pitches up his tent in a campsite, as he did in Norman’s Bay on Monday night. He hopes to complete his trek in July.

To read his blog, visit www.coastingroundbritain.co.uk/crb/crbpage.php?sect=0 and to donate to Parkinson’s UK, visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/coastingroundbritain.