A hiker is training for a charity trek along the South West coastline by walking 10-miles to his local pub twice a week.

David Freestone, a retired consultant, is preparing for his 630-mile journey along the South West Coast Path in an effort to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).


His training routine includes a round trip to his local pub, the Alhampton Inn, from his home in Somerset, a feat he completes two to three times a week.

Mr Freestone said: "I’ve been training a lot, the pub is 5 miles away and does great ales.

"I make sure to reward myself with a pint."

The father and grandfather found a passion for walking after retirement.

Since then, he has completed multiple walks, including The Camino Frances, an 880km trek across Spain, and walks along the Jurassic coast.

This forthcoming challenge, however, is his first-ever for charity.

The path from Minehead to Poole includes the entire Cornish Celtic Way and is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete.

Somerset County Gazette: David Freestone is preparing for his 630-mile journey along the South West Coast Path to raise

As a committed walker, Mr Freestone intends to camp in his own tent along the route.

He explained: "The children’s hospice is so embedded in the south west, walking the coastal path just goes hand in hand".

Expressing gratitude for his own life, he emphasised the charity's work in enhancing the short lives of young people.

He said: "It’s such a stark contrast and that’s why I wanted to fundraise for the charity on this walk."

Mr Freestone's fundraising efforts have been met with enthusiasm by CHSW.

Kylie Gallagher, the CHSW area fundraiser, said: "We are delighted to have David taking on this incredible personal challenge on our behalf".

The fundraiser, who also opts for musical company on his hikes, said: "During the walk, I learnt to play the ukulele.

"The uke is with me on every walk, long or short and is great to play while walking or chilling out with fellow hikers."

David Freestone's journey, which is set to commence in March, has so far collected more than £700 in donations through his Just Giving page.

If you are interested in making a donation, or for more information on his story, visit his Just Giving page.

CHSW has been providing care for children with life-threatening conditions for over 30 years.

Additionally, the charity offers hospice care, emergency support, end of life care and a bereavement service to affected families across the South West.