A COUPLE from Bude are approaching the end of their fundraising journey after walking the UK coastline.  

Antony and Sally Brown set off on their journey on May 15, 2023, with ambition of walking a total of 6,000 miles around the English, Welsh, and Scottish coastline.  

They are undertaking the mammoth trip with the aim of raising money for the RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance and Parkrun, and soon they will be completing their trip as they return to Bude. 

Antony and Sally have made their way to RNLI lifeboat stations across the country. Speaking to the Post about what prompted this mammoth task, they explained: “From the age of 11 Antony had wanted to walk the Cornish coast, we achieved this together in 2015, walking 312 miles in just two weeks.  

“At the end of the Cornish adventure, we wanted to plan something much bigger, so we decided to go for the entire British coastline.”  

Despite this being one big adventure, the pair wanted to make sure the challenge was able to do some good.   

“We couldn’t just walk for ‘fun’, so we decided that RNLI would be a perfect charity to fundraise for,” they continued.  

The couple were particularly keen to visit the lifeboat stations around the coasts as they passed them on their journey. 

They added: “We’ve always lived by the sea and thought it would be great to visit all of the lifeboat stations as we walked around the coast.  

“We also chose Cornwall Air Ambulance as it is a vital rescue service for the county and relies totally on donations.   

“Finally, we chose Parkrun as it is a great free weekly timed run/walk that anyone can take part in, we wanted to put something back into Parkrun as we’ve enjoyed participating so much over the past decade.”  

Now, more than 330 days into their challenge, the pair have less than two weeks until their expected return, having raised more than £12,000 for their chosen charities so far. 

Antony and Sally are expected to complete their challenge, returning to Bude RNLI on May 22.  

Donations can be made via Sally and Antony’s JustGiving pages: linktr.ee/ukcoastwalk