This Week’s Drug Free Kids Radio Show

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Listen to this radio show below the intro article Episode #11: Doing Something About It – Hosted by Steve Cook, who is a writer, TLB Radio talk show host and the Sr. Editor of TLB UK. Steve’s guest this week is the British martial arts champion and founder of the Drug Free Kids Campaign, Pete Dwan. In continue…

Drug Free Kids News Update

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This is the Drug Free Kids Newsletter with a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed help, kindness and their hard-earned money to the Walk the Kingdom campaign and a briefing on the effects you have helped to create. Links through to Drug Free Kids:www.drugfreekids.co.uk  

Drug Free Kids Radio Show: creativity trumps drugs!

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This week I interview the artist Gill Bustamante about the roles played by confidence, motivation, technical skill, doing what excites you and good old fashioned hard work in becoming a successful artist. Over the years, Gill has given a great deal of personal support to Pete Dwan’s Drug Free Kids Campaign, donating her own paintings so as continue…

Fighting the Tyranny of Drugs

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One of the spin-offs from the walk is that I now have a radio show syndicated across The Liberty Beacon Network in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and some European countries. My latest show “Fighting the Tyranny of Drugs” is now on line. Listen to it on the UK Liberty Beacon site here

FIGHT!

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On Saturday night Pete Dwan, founder of the Drug Free Kids campaign had a fund-raising boxing match with the great Colin Vidler, former Middlewight pro boxer turned movie actor whom I met on my walk of the kingdom when he put me up in his guest house in Sheerness. It was a great night and a continue…

This Week’s Drug Free Kids Radio Show

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This week’s exciting episode of Drug Free Kids now on line with The Liberty Beacon network in theUSA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and God knows where else. We  are looking for suggestions and ideas and people with relevant expertise to be interviewed on the show. [PS That photo of me in the meme looking continue…

INJURED!

Okay, so I didn’t mention this until it became obvious that I had a problem that I was not going to be able to walk off but I had been bothered by a pain in my right for for several weeks. By the time I reached the Forth Bridge I was barely able to walk. So continue…

Day 70 FROM EDINBURGH TO NORTH QUEENSFERRY

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Today completed 10 weeks on the road. Feels like I’ve been at it for years rather than a few weeks. I said a reluctant farewell to Edinburgh, a fine city I have come to like very much and walked about 13 miles to North Queensferry right by the Bridge on the northern bank of the continue…

Day 69 MEETING THE LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH

Me with the Lord Provost of Edinburgh this afternoon

This was a big day! My good friend Mike Phillips, who has voluntarily taken on the unenviable task of being my press officer, has pulled off two coups this week. First he got me an interview live on BBC Radio Scotland and then he worked very hard with the Lord Provost’s press officer, Kate Allison, continue…

Day 68 – 1000 miles!!

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MADE IT! Arrived at the Royal Yacht Britannia this evening having walked the last 18 or so miles to Edinburgh. About 2 miles before reaching the yacht I completed 1000 miles!

Days 65, 66 and 67 From Dunbar to Haddington

On my day off in Edinburgh

Having spent a very pleasant night in Dunbar in the company of the cousin of a very good friend of mine, I continued towards Edinburgh Day 65 (Saturday) The day started with heavy rain so I put on my waterproofs and trudged along a very long and very lonely road that runs for miles alongside continue…

Day 64 From Coldingham to Dunbar

A view of the coast at Eyemouth from the road as I came down from the hills. The photo simply doesn't do justice to what was a breathtaking view

This was a long, tough day. From Coldingham the road climbed upwards seemingly forever, high into the hills forested with evergreens. Then it descended again past Eyemouth and Pease Bay. I was quite surprised as a turn in the road revealed sweeping vistas of the sunlit coast stretched out beneath me to discover how high continue…

Day 63 Scotland!

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FROM SCREMERSTON IN NORTHUMBERLAND TO COLDINGHAM IN SCOTLAND So today completed 9 weeks on the road and 955 miles walked. It was also the day I reached Scotland. This was a very magical and emotional moment for me, which I have described in a separate post. I figured it was worthy of a post of continue…

Scotland!!

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Okay so I crossed the border into Scotland this afternoon here are the pics. They were taken by a very nice Scotsman named Ken who was sitting in his car with his wife Maureen enjoying some peace and quiet until I came hobbling up out of England like a stray infantryman from a sassenach king’s continue…

Entering Scotland Today!

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Having walked over 950 miles from his  home in Sussex as part of a 4000 mile anti-drugs walk of the British coast in support of the Drug Free Kids campaign, 63 year old grandad Steve Cook will today cross the border into Scotland at Berwick. Steve is available for interview and can be contacted in continue…

Day 62 – From Seahouses to Scremerston

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Pretty much a full 20-miler today. I walked north along the coast road through Bamburgh and on through Budle and Waren Mill to the A1 where it runs North along the coast towards Berwick and Scotland. This first stage was the fun part of the journey. I think I have fallen in love with Northumberland continue…

Day 61 – from Alnwick to Seahouses

Leaving Alnwick, I paused for a breather and turned around to find this scene behind me

The first thing I needed to sort out after I said a reluctant goodbye to Juliet at the Baliifgate B and B was my boots. The prestigious company GoOutdoors have generously donated a super pair of boots and I plan to pick these up when I reach Edinburgh. In the meantime. I was hoping my continue…

Day 60 report – from Cresswell to Annick

Sunrise at Cresswell

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Mike and Val Seal at Cresswell but as ever I had to move on the next morning and head for Alnwick. The walk turned into a 20-miler thanks to a wrong turn near Almouth that added a couple of unnecessary and intensely annoying miles. Navigational errors cost you dear continue…

Day 59 in Northumberland

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WHITELY BAY TO CRESSWELL NORTHUMBERLAND So here I am, much to my own surprise, in the far North East of England and a couple of days away from Scotland. Did I really walk all that way? I have to keep reminding myself that, yes, I really did just walk 900 miles! What I carefully DON’T continue…

Day 58 – SUNDERLAND TO WHITLEY BAY

The Wear Bridge at Sunderland.

Well for once I can’t complain about the weather, it being a generally fine day – although the humidity made walking an effort at times. I’d like to think that hot weather is something I am going to have to acclimatise to. Or am I being over-optimistic? The walk today was a routine one. Only about continue…

Day 57 – BLACKHALL COLLIERY TO SUNDERLAND

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Today, the first day of week 9 I had to do something I absolutely hate doing: I had to say goodbye to two great people I had just gotten to know – Anne Telford and her son Gary – and move on. I walked fifteen or so miles to Sunderland in occasional rain, occasional sunshine continue…

Day 56 report – Short walk of 10 miles

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SEATON CAREW TO BLACKHALL COLLIERY This was a short walk of only 10 miles. Feeling better after my rest day but decided to build the distances back up gradually. It was a pleasant, uneventful walk through Hartlepool and on up the coast of County Durham on a day that felt close and humid. Hartlepool was continue…

Day 53: A cold, wet Day in Middlesborough

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This morning I bid farewell to Sue of the Windsor Guest House in Saltburn and walked another 20 miles more or less. It would have been slightly fewer but I got lost in Middlesborough and added a few unnecessary miles. It rained almost all day which made the walk not much fun and most of continue…

Day 52: Up Hill and Down Dale to Saltburn

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A gruelling walk, 20 miles from Whitby to Saltburn. The main problem was the hills: long and arduous climbs up onto the North Yorkshire Moors, coming down again into a valley, then up again. Loaded down with a backpack this is very hard work. And all this was under a leaden sky and against a continue…

Day 51: Whitby via the Moors and the old Rail Track

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I said goodbye to Tony Hewitt at the Harmony Lodge and moved on northwards through Staintondale where I had a very pleasant chat with a gentleman named Phil and whom I promised I would say “hi” to in this post. So, HI PHIL, nice to have met you! From Staintondale I trudged the long climb continue…

Day 50: Scarborough, Burniston and Tony Hewitt MBE

Dayton Bay. I sat on the cliff top telling my son Liam about this view on my mobile

This was not quite the rest day I had hoped for as the walk from Filey to Scarborough and then Burniston, where I stayed the night, was a tougher one than I had anticipated. I walked mainly along the Cleveland coastal trail, a rough track that snakes along the cliff edges from Filey almost the continue…

Day 49: Filey, 7 weeks and 800 miles

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From Bridlington in East Yorkshire to Filey in North Yorkshire Day 49 marked the completion of 7 weeks and 800 miles on the road. I”m now about 2 weeks away from Scotland and the 1000 mile mark. Day 49 was a rest day so I did a short walk of about 12 miles from Bridlington continue…

Day 48: Bridlington and Victoria House to the Rescue!

Sunrise over the North Sea 6am, near Atwick

The walk to Bridlington was a largely pleasant and very uneventful one. There was a particularly nice final section along the beach from Barmston. The weather was reasonable for walking although a little more sunshine would not have gone amiss. Late in the day, as has so often happened of late, the weather cheered up. continue…

Day 47: Hornsea, slugs and spiders

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Today I said goodbye to Janet who looked after me so well at the Acorn Guest House in Hull and set out for Hornsea. It took me quite a while to get across the city of Hull, which in case you were a wondering is a lot bigger than East Grinstead – I’m not convinced continue…

Day 46 over the Humber Bridge and into Hull!

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I got the day wrong in the two videos I posted on day 46 (Monday) I called it day 47 by mistake. As the days mount up, I start to lose track of the numbers. Anyway, on Day 46 I left Immingham and headed across country via Barrow on Humber and Barton on Humber to continue…

Day 45 from B&B to camping

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I left the lovely Duckthorpe Grange and headed for Grimsby via Marshchapel, where I stopped by at the village hall to say goodbye and thank you to Pauline for her kindness in looking after me so well. She gave me some home-made cakes to take with me – some VERY DELICIOUS home-made cakes! I am continue…

Day 44 report

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By my calculations as of yesterday I have walked 750 miles, which is roughly the distance from London to Madrid. In about two weeks time I should hit the 1000 mile mark! Anyway, saying goodbye to the lovely Ashbourne hotel with a big THANK YOU for their support and donation of a night’s B and B. continue…

Day 43 to Grainthorpe – 12 June 2015

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Today I walked from Mablethorpe to Grainthorpe without mishap. This was a relatively short walk of 15 miles or so. The main difficulty was the usual wrestling with the traffic as I decided to follow the A1031 virtually the whole way. Around 10am, somewhere north of Mablethoroe, I did an interview with a very nice continue…

Day 42 report – Mablethorpe

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So Day 42 (Thursday) completes 6 weeks on the road and to mark the occasion I reached Mablethorpe on the Lincolnshire coast. When I was a boy I grew up in the city of Lincoln and we used to come to Mablethorpe for day trips to the seaside. I wondered if I would recognise any continue…

Day 41- 25 miles to Skegness

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Another very good day today. I left Boston at a reasonable time and hit the road for Skegness. Skegness is about 25 miles from Boston so this was destined, if I was going to meet my target, to be my longest single day’s walk yet. Could I do it? I decided to take the “A” continue…

Day 40. Holland!

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40 days and 40 nights on the road! It is getting very Biblical! And. I have arrived in Holland! There is a dike right outside my guest house and a windmill! All classic Holland. Not Holland the country of course, in case you were wondering. There is a geographical area in the south and east continue…

day 39 – Lincolnshire!

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WALK THE KINGDOM DAY 39 After a weekend’s rest and a great time spent with my wife who travelled up by train to join me in Kings Lynn, I started walking again and headed for Holbeach in Lincolnshire. I crossed the Ouse by ferry and walked through villages with really cool names such as Clenchwarton continue…

Day 37 – rest day

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Had a complete rest day today. My wife came up by train from East Grinstead to join me. In Kings Lynn. Had a great and restful day. Will be back on the road late tomorrow

Day 36 an easier day

The splendid Dukes Head Hotel, Kings Lynn

A much easier day today. I only had about 14 miles to do to reach my destination, Kings Lynn. Even so I still managed to take about 7 hours to get there. Factoring in rest stops, my speed always seems to average out at two miles an hour over the whole journey. So yesterday,s time continue…

Day 35 Norfolk

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Well, that’s five weeks on the road and over 600 miles done! Today was a gruelling day that nevertheless ended well. I had to walk 19 miles from Wells next the Sea to Heacham but decided to take the coastal path, then the beach and wound up on a route that, whilst pretty, added about continue…

Day 34 to Wells-next-the-Sea

The quay at Blakeney, Norfolk

I stayed at Jill Tibbetts’ house until lunchtime. The reason for delaying my departure was that Jill had very kindly let me use her landline for an interview with BBC Radio Sussex at 11:40 as mobile reception in the area is a bit dodgy. I caught up on some of my admin while waiting for continue…

Day 33 – from Cromer

The village of Morston on the North Norfolk coast.

Today (Tuesday) I walked form Cromer to just outside the village of Salthouse. I was then picked up by car by Jill Tibbetts my kind and generous hostess for the night and taken to her house in Morston. Jill has a lovely house and showed me great hospitality, treating me to a delicious evening meal continue…

Day 32 to Cromer

The lighthouse at Happisburgh

Today I walked from Kessingland to Cromer. I took the Norfolk coastal path as much as possible although there are places where the path disappears. Evidently there are problems with sea erosion along this stretch of coast. The cliffs appear to be made of a very soft sandstone that occasionally collapses into the sea, taking continue…

Day 31 report – seals on the beach

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Today was hard work but I reached my target, Happisburgh on the coast of Norfolk. I covered some wild and beautiful territory in the course of my 20 mile trudge up the coast in the wind and the rain. Much of that walk was on sand and walking on soft sand for any distance with continue…

day 30 report

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Day 30 already! How time flies! So I bid a fond farewell to Julie and her mum at the Old Rectory in Kessingland and headed North. My first port of call was Lloyds bank in Lowestoft to arrange for a new bank card. My current one is starting to split in half and as I continue…

day 29 report

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I was up early and on the road by six. I walked a couple of miles in the general direction of the rising sun until I arrived in the general vicinity of that other well-known source of radiation: the Sizewell Nuclear Reactor. If I ever do another walk of the UK (which seems unlikely at continue…