Alex Ellis-Roswell on his never-ending walk

It’s been almost two years since we first featured Alex Ellis-Roswell in The Great Outdoors magazine. At the time he was only a few months into his walk around the coast of Britain and had just rounded Land’s End to make his way towards Wales.
Since then he’s breezed through Wales and the north-west of England, jumped over to circumnavigate the Isle of Man and even walked the whole coast of Ireland – a challenge he hadn’t initially planned to take on.
Now he’s in Scotland, and is not just walking around the coast of the mainland but around as many of the islands as he can as well. And all to raise money for the R.N.L.I.
£30,000 raised for charity; 5,000 miles covered and over a thousand more to come. Here’s what Alex’s adventure has looked liked so far, in his own words and pictures.

West Wales

Alex Ellis-Roswell
“Here I am yesterday morning about to leave St David’s lifeboat station for the 32-mile walk up the coast to Fishguard. I’d usually split that distance into two days of walking, but with my tent in a bin in Solva I didn’t have much of a choice but to do it in one long lump.”

The Isle of Man

Alex Ellis-Roswell
“Steam Packet ferry booked for Sunday morning, off the island and back to England. I wish Mother Nature had made the Isle of Man’s coast longer- I’m going to miss this place a lot.”

South-west Scotland

“Midge update: I want to scratch my face off.”

Southern Ireland

“I laid my head out the tent last night and ended up staying like that for ages stuck staring at the sky full of stars even though my nose was freezing off.”


One of the most beautiful, greenest landscapes I’ve ever been in. Walking along the coast into Glencolumbkille today.”

THANKS ARDBEG for the whisky donation! It’s a bottle of Supernova 2015. If anybody wants it, message me or comment. The money will go to my RNLI fundraising- which is now nearly £26,000! I was planning to walk to Bowmore today but I got stuck in the distillery and so I’m back in Port Ellen tonight. Thanks Jackie, Alex and Dionne @ Ardbeg for all the support today ? I’ll be walking the low road from Port Ellen to Bownore tomorrow (Sunday). 2 years, 2 months and 27 days since I set off to walk the 9500 miles round the coasts of Britain and Ireland to raise as much money for RNLI Lifeboats as I can. I’ve raised over £25,000 so far. . . . . . . #lifeboat #RNLI #SavingLivesAtSea #RespectTheWater #islay #isleofislay #ardbeg #ardbegdistillery #ardbegwhisky #islaywhisky

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Last night I walked from Campbeltown to Southend at the bottom of the Kintyre Peninsula. The moon rose between thick clouds which kept the temperature well above freezing- it’s getting very cold at night now. I saw some of the most beautiful moonscapes last night and lights over the water in Northern Ireland. And then sometime during the night the rain started coming down so heavy it woke me up. I slept again and woke up thinking it was sunrise- I poked my face out the tent and it wasn’t sunrise. It was the moon reflecting on the water. I like the Kintyre Peninsula a lot. I like islands and I’ve written in the past about peninsulas and how they feel like islands. But this is the most island feeling peninsula I’ve ever walked round. I’m back in a bed tonight in Machrihanish. . . . . . . #lifeboat #RNLI #SavingLivesAtSea #RespectTheWater #Scotland #igscotland #instascotland #insta_scotland #scotspirit #ig_scotland #coast #coastline #coastmagazine #outdoors #visitscotland #getoutside #walking #lovescotland #scottishlandscape #lovegreatbritain #ig_uk #visitbritain #kintyre #kintyreway #kintyrepeninsula #kintyrecoast #lonelyplanet #exploringtheglobe #vango

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“I took this photo yesterday morning on the way down to the ferry in Islay. The island you can see on the other side of the water is Jurra.”

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