Alex was piped across the Scottish/English border to the tune of Scotland The Brave
On Wednesday (July 19th), RNLI charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell completed the Scottish leg of his walk round the coast of Britain and Ireland.
It took nearly a year and over nine million footsteps to complete Alex’s 4,500 mile walk around the coast of Scotland – and he began 2017 walking the Outer Hebrides, from Barra to the Butt of Lewis and back down again.
When Alex reached the English/Scottish border six miles south of Eyemouth on Wednesday, he said: “Scotland has proven to be one of the most challenging years of my whole walk. I was up in the Outer Hebrides this winter where winds reached over 100mph. I’ve fallen and fractured my ankle. I’ve walked through hurricanes and through the vast Highlands landscape.
“But despite the challenges, I’ve fallen in love with Scotland. The hospitality and generosity of all the communities I’ve walked through has blown me away. I couldn’t have done it without that support.
“The most important thing I want to say is Thank You.”
Speaking after the Outer Hebridean stint of his Scottish leg, Alex said: “The Outer Hebrides have been a highlight.
“The weather has been amazing and the beaches of West Harris are just stunning; but I’ve never walked somewhere so remote and yet felt so safe and surrounded by good people.
“I want to say a huge Thank You to everyone in the Outer Hebrides who donated and supported me while I was there. It was a fantastic experience!”
In January, Alex made it to Stornoway after walking up the island chain from Barra. He was escorted into town by pupils from Laxdale School
Alex started walking the 9,500 miles coast of Britain and Ireland on August 3rd 2014 and has been walking non-stop ever since, raising to date nearly £60,000 for the RNLI.
“There’s no doubt all the lifeboat volunteers are heroes,” he said. “I must have met over one thousand volunteers by now. Their dedication, sacrifice and bravery is an inspiration.
“And the fact I’ve managed to raise so much money to support them says to me how much respect people have for the volunteer crews and what they do for us.”
Alex added: “It’s unfortunate there’s so much bad news in the world right now. But here are thousands of men and women, from all different backgrounds, coming together to help others.
“It restores your faith in humanity.”
Now across the Border, Alex hopes to have finished the last 1,000miles of his walk down the east coast of England by November this year.
When he finishes where he started back in Kent, he’ll have been walking for over three years and taken over 20million footsteps!
If you would like to donate to Alex’s RNLI challenge, you can do so online at www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats
And you can follow and support Alex on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell