Couple kayak around Britain’s coastline

Andy and Jane Morton
Andy and Jane Morton

A couple kayaking around Britain to raise cash for the RNLI and MS Society stopped over in Eastbourne on Monday evening (August 12).

Husband-and-wife kayak team Andy and Jane Morton started their epic challenge back in April from Plymouth and are now on the last leg of their journey.

The have circumnavigated around the coast of Britain and Ireland.

The couple arrived in Eastbourne in their two-man kayak after completing more than 2,500 miles of their 3,000 round trip.

Jane, 32, spoke to the Herald as they arrived in Eastbourne on Monday evening.

She said, “We have a tent and we have been camping along the way.

“We have avoided paying for bed and breakfasts where we can because we have no income. We have met some lovely people along the way and been given a bed for the night or a hot meal.

“We had been hoping to get round Beachy Head before stopping but unfortunately the winds were too strong.”

The couple cover around 30 miles every day, and have taken on some of the most exposed and notorious stretches of the British coastline – crossing the Irish Sea and the Western Isles of Scotland.

As well as contending with infamous Atlantic swells and tidal races, they have seen dolphins, sea eagles, puffins and a spectacular gannet colony. They also had one of their overnight campsites wrecked by a marauding billy goat.

Jane and Andy have been married for six years and are first married couple ever to undertake the challenge.

Jane said, “We did wonder how we would get on living in each other’s pockets for all this time but it has been really good.”

They are raising money for the Merlin MS Centre in Cornwall and the RNLI.