Meet and appreciate Wayne Dixon and Koda; one man and his dog who are almost two years into a 7,000 mile litter-picking walk around the coast of Britain. Last week, whilst running along a stretch of the Camel Trail between Wadebridge and Padstow, Cornish Rock Tors’ director Ben came across Wayne with his bin bag and litter picker in hand, a heavy pack on his back, and his beautiful Northern Inuit dog Koda by his side.
Wayne set off on his walk on February 1st 2016, from Knott-end-on-sea on the coast of Lancashire, close to his home in Clitheroe. Walking a full lap of the British coast (6,824 miles around England, Scotland and Walesd) was his childhood dream, and Wayne had initially planned to undertake the challenge with his father John who was a keen walker and the author of over 30 historical walking guidebooks. Sadly, John passed away in 2012, just 10 days after rescuing Koda, so rather than give up on his dream he decided to take on his Dad’s dog and do the walk anyway with Koda as his walking companion. The walk is a huge feat, and Wayne estimates that only 48 people have ever completed it; the official figure is unknown, but it’s the biggest British item on avid walkers’ bucket lists. Many do the circuit in aid of charity, and Wayne is no different. As well as picking litter along the way and staging community litter picks, he’s raising money for mental health charity MIND and the Northern Inuit Rescue Society. By the end of August this year, Wayne estimated that he’d collected 6,000 bin bags full of litter totaling around 42 tonnes.
“I have always been concerned about Britain’s litter issue, and whilst training for my walk, I noticed quite a lot of litter, especially in beautiful places, so I started to pick the litter up. I thought it would really frustrate me if I were to come across a lot of litter on my walk, so I came up with the idea of litter picking along the way. I’m using this personal adventure to do my part in cleaning up the country and promoting Keep Britain Tidy with the hope of empowering others not to drop litter and to add litter picking in their daily routine and lead by example.”
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We love the example that Wayne is setting, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of his walk around the British coast.