An ex-soldier who is walking the entire length of the British coastline trekked around the Rosneath Peninsula this week – visiting a pub, a hotel , a sailing club and a Trident submarine.
Christian Nock, 38, has already raised more than £120,000 for the Help for Heroes charity on his 6,500 mile walk – the equivalent of going from Lands End to John O’Groats more than seven times.
On Friday he walked from Arrochar to Cove, calling in the Knockderry House hotel for a drink en route to Duncan and Pauline Farquhar’s home.
The former Staffordshire Regiment soldier wants to raise awareness of homelessness and has been sleeping rough since he started the walk in August 2012; Duncan had contacted the support crew last year to offer space in his shed.
Christian met locals in the Lighthouse pub in Kilcreggan and then called at Cove Sailing Club, and a total of £450 was raised for his charity throughout the day.
“He is an inspirational character and fun to be with,” said Duncan.
“He has been responsible for at least two homeless people getting back in to mainstream life purely by embarrassing local authorities to sort things.
“Thank you to Paul and Liz in the Lighthouse for allowing us to have a collection.”
Christian said he had had a great day and met lots of fab people, but felt a bit rough on Saturday morning when he set off for Faslane via Rosneath Castle caravan park.
He was given a tour of the navy base, meeting Royal Marines and Ministry of Defence Police and also going on board the submarine HMS Vanguard, paying tribute afterwards to all the people he had met.
“People always ask me what my highlight of the walk has been, and I can never answer it because there’s been so many,” he said.
“Today’s tour is up there with the best of them and I want to say thank you to everyone who made it possible.”
Christian’s walk started in Blackpool and will finish there later this year; today (Sunday) is the 530th day of his walk.