My name is Keith Case and I live in Nottingham. I have always walked for pleasure and twenty-eight years ago on reaching forty I started doing it for exercise. I still walk frequently in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Yorkshire Dales.
For many years we have spent the New Year holiday with friends in different cottages around the country. In 1997/1998 we stayed in the Forest of Dean and came across the start of Offa’s Dyke at Chepstow. It looked interesting so at Easter 1998 my friend Stuart and myself caught the train from Nottingham for four of the wettest days walking I can recall. Stuart did not join me again until a very long while later and then only for an odd day. I did another couple of days later in the year but it was not until the summer of 2000 that I plodded into Prestatyn after 180 miles.
Some months earlier we had bought a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales on the Coast-to-Coast Path so I decided to carry on round the coast to reach the start of the Coast to Coast Path at St Bees. This took another three years and it was not until summer 2004 that I set out across the Lake District to the Yorkshire Dales and our cottage. By April 2005 I had reached Robin Hood’s Bay at the end of the path and as there did not seem to be any point in stopping I carried on down the east coast.
I have currently (April 2017) made it as far as St Mawes in south-west Cornwall on the South West Coast Path