A 21-YEAR-old Belper man has raised more than £1,000 for a cancer charity after walking the length of the UK on his own.
Josh Jones slept in an abandoned cottage, under the stars by the famous Loch Ness, and on the sofas of various strangers as he made his way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Intrepid Josh, of Long Row, started his 1,100-mile adventure in June and took 91 days to complete it – walking on average between 15 and 22 miles per day.
“It was tough,” he said. “I generally had a rest day on every sixth day, or if I felt a stress or pain was developing.”
Along the way he managed to gain free entry to the Glastonbury music festival, took part in a kayaking session, and celebrated his 21st birthday in Belper in July.
It wasn’t all fun. He said: “At times in Scotland it was remote and I didn’t see anyone for three days at a time. That was daunting and quite a mental challenge.”
For the most part of his journey, Josh slept on campsites or on the sofas of generous people signed up to the website www.couchsurfing.org.
But it wasn’t all comfort. “I was forced to improvise with wild camping,” he said.
“I slept by Loch Ness, in the heart of the Great Glen woods and even in an abandoned cottage. These were experiences that I am sure will last with me for a long time.”
Josh, who is studying drama and music at Manchester Metropolitan University, added: “I would like to thank every good-hearted person who helped me along the way. I could not have done it without them.”
He has raised £1,060 through his JustGiving page, and hopes to raise £300 more from charity boxes in Belper. The cash is going to Macmillan Cancer Support.