Lincolnshire leg of round Britain walk

Steve Cook at the Lochiel Guest House in Boston

Steve Cook at the Lochiel Guest House in Boston

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A gritty grandad is completing the Lincolnshire leg of an epic walk of the coast of Britain this week

Steve Cook is tackling the 4,280 mile route to fundraise for a drug awareness programme in schools.

Semi-retired decorator Steve arrived in Boston this week after setting out from his Sussex home in May.

After spending a night at Lochiel Guest House Steve strolled to Skegness where he stayed at the Beeston Lodge Hotel.

B&B and hotel owners along the route have been providing free accommodation for Steve who is aiming to raise £250,000.

Steve, 63, said: “I grew up in Lincoln and remember taking day trips to Skegness, but had not been for about 50 years.

“I had a great night at the Beeston Lodge and really appreciate the kindness of the proprietors. My wife Dominique would love the 60s themed bar, she is a big fan of The Beatles and will be quite jealous. I met up with her in King’s Lynn and we are hoping to see each other again when I arrive in Edinburgh.”

Steve made his way north on Thursday, where he stayed at the Duckthorpe Grange B&B at Marshchapel.

After covering 700 miles of the solo journey he is aiming to complete the challenge, called Walk the Kingdom, by Christmas.

Funds raised are being donated to drug education programme run by former British Thai boxing champion, Peter Dwan. Money will be used to provide training for teachers and DVDs.

For more information visit http://www.walkthekingdom.co.uk/ or search for Walk the Kingdom on Facebook.