Round the coast walker samples Holderness hospitality

A NORFOLK man has praised the people of Holderness for their kindness and hospitality as he attempts to walk 11,000 miles for charity around the coast of Britain. 

Sean Grand, 39, of Hunstanton, left the Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire on April 18, and plans to follow the coast in an epic journey that will also take in the Orkney Islands, taking at least three years to complete. 

He is hoping to raise £15,000 for Children with Cancer UK, the leading children’s charity which undertakes vital research into the disease as every day more than 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. 

In 2020 the charity lost some 40 per cent of its income due to COVID-19. After problems in North Lincolnshire which saw him having to retrace his steps around Donna Nook he eventually arrived in Withernsea last Wednesday evening and, after an appeal on his Facebook page, was offered a night in a caravan at the Withernsea Sands Caravan Park, an opportunity he leapt at in order to get a good night’s rest in warm surroundings. 

“I am really grateful to Parkdean Resorts for their hospitality,” Sean said, “It really made a great difference to me as I normally sleep rough in my little tent.”

JOURNEY: Josh Garman and Chris Brannigan at Mappleton before Josh’s tow bar snapped


Very refreshed, he then set out up the coast, with another night camping out, before reaching Hornsea, where once again he received some excellent Holderness hospitality by spending a night at the Ashburnham Guest House in Hornsea. 

Proprietors Colin and Debbie Beacock learned of his trip on Facebook and very quickly offered him a stay at their guest house in Victoria Avenue, where he enjoyed a night in a very comfortable bed, followed by a hearty Yorkshire breakfast, before setting off towards Bridlington and Flamborough. 

“He is a very pleasant person and we were only too pleased to help him out,” said Colin. “It is a marvellous thing he is doing, and we wish him well on his journey.” 

Sean was also welcomed at the Green Owl on Newbegin, where staff donated cartons of fruit juice to help him out. 

Sean is also undertaking the walk to raise awareness of mental health, which he has suffered from in the past. 

He posts regular videos of his exploits on YouTube from his mobile phone, which he manages to charge up via a solar-powered battery pack. 

If you would like to donate to the charity visit his Just Giving page at Last week charity cyclist Josh Garman also received assistance from Holderness people after his cycle’s tow bar snapped near Mappleton.

He is expected to arrive at Clacton-onSea tomorrow after three weeks in the saddle.