Ex-soldier's long trek for Heroes
IF YOU think trains can be a bit slow, try 157 days for a journey time from Blackpool to Plymouth.
Christian Nock set off from the North West on August 8 2012 on his mission to walk around the coast of Britain.
He is doing the challenge without using any transport – including ferries – and sleeps rough every night.
Christian is a quarter of the way through his 6,825-mile journey, and has estimated that it will take him more than 18 months to complete the trek.
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He said: "It's my first time in Plymouth, and I love that about this journey. I get to see all these amazing places.
"I have only had 10 days off since I started but I've given myself a day off to see Plymouth because I was looking forward to coming here.
"I got here at dinner time and went to the barracks on the Barbican. They were really friendly and welcoming – I had a shower and some food; they cleaned me up a bit."
38-year-old Christian, who spent eight years in the Army, has raised more than £5,000 for Help for Heroes so far.
He ran a hotel in Blackpool which he sold before setting off on the challenge, which he estimates will take him more than 18 months to complete.
He said: "I lost my faith in humanity a bit seeing the people that would come to the hotel. But the trip has restored it completely. I have met so many kind and generous people.
"I have had people I've never met who have sent painkillers for me and arranged physiotherapy appointments.
"I have slept in sheds, caves and on park benches – I trained because I intended to sleep rough and it's such a long way.
"I am the first person to have slept rough every night and only one other person has done it without using ferries.
"I won't quit but sometimes I want to get blown off a cliff or something because I do have bad days – especially when it rains. Getting my kit dry is one of the hardest things about sleeping rough.
"A lot of ex-soldiers are homeless and turn to drink and drugs because of what they have seen and I want to raise awareness of that."