A PENISTONE man who has vowed to walk the coastline of mainland Britain has reached 2,000 miles into his 7,500-mile journey.

Jim Morton, 61, set off from Penistone in April to complete the walk, and fulfil a lifelong dream in the process.

Since the age of eight, he has wanted to complete the walk along the coast.

Now three months into his year-long journey, Jim is in rural Scotland and is working on his tan.

“The weather has been lovely these past few weeks,” he said. “I do have some rather funky tan lines going on, but I’m loving it.”

Jim climbed Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, and hopes to complete the Three Peaks on his travels.

“I did Scafell Pike back in Cumbria and I thought ‘why not do all three peaks’ so I am,” he added.

“I met some other walkers up the mountain who were trying to complete all three peaks in one day and I said that this was my own version of the challenge, but the difference is that I am walking between each of the mountains, not taking a car.”

Jim aims to raise £50,000 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and so far he has raised more than £4,600.

To follow Jim’s progress visit the ‘I May Be Gone A While’ Facebook page.

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