Hi, I’m Dickie Mackness. Recently retired and looking for a challenge, I had a crazy thought about walking around Britain, covering thousands of miles at around 15 miles per day!

I know this is going to be challenging and will take me through all terrains, through all sorts of weather, and I know there will be difficult days – 8 years ago I had Lyme Disease, and to this day I have good days and not so good days, so at times I will be able to power forwards, and sometimes I will need to take it a bit easier!

I am so looking forward to spending at least the next year from September 2023 onwards exploring our beautiful country, and hopefully meeting many people along the way. I am also delighted to be supporting The Evie Dove Foundation, a charity which in a very short space of time has become very close to my heart

Evie Dove Foundation Big Coastal Walk – 9th September 2023

The ‘Where’s Dickie’ tour of Britain begins!

Dickie, daughter Jules, and dog ‘Bongy, join 250 other people walking 17 miles along the beautiful Kent coastline of Hythe, Sandgate and Folkestone to raise funds for the Evie Dove Foundation.

17 miles walked!

Weather – Hottest day of the year!

Week One – 10th – 13th September 2023

Hythe to Dungeness, with Evie’s mum and dad Katie & Howard, and fellow Foundation trustee Matt

“We’re walking to the Dungeness Power Station,

Then we’ll walk around the nation

We’re doing this for the Evie Dove Foundation

So please give us a donation!

Dungeness to Winchelsea – now going solo!

Winchelsea to Bexhill

Bexhill to Eastbourne

53 miles walked!

Weather – beautiful and sunny!

Week Two – 16th – 22nd September 2023

“Give us a wave, give us a toot,

Say hello, and please donate your loot!”

Eastbourne to Newhaven

Newhaven to Hove

Hove to Littlehampton

Littlehampton to Chichester

East Wittering to West Itchenor

Isle of Wight – Ryde to Yarmouth
2 x trains
1 x bus
1 x hovercraft
1 x pair of legs!
1 x ferry
2 x more trains
1 x car ride

94 miles walked!

Weather – getting wet and windy!

Week Three – 23rd – 26th September 2023

“It’s kind to put some coin in, but please put in a note

If I fall into the sea, I’m never going to float!

So before offloading coin, have a little think

Putting in your notes, will help me not sink!”

Lymington to Christchurch

Christchurch to Swanage

Around Portland to Weymouth Old Town

Weymouth to Lulworth Cove

56 miles walked!

Weather – Like Summer!

Week Four – 30th September – 6th October 2023

Lulworth Cove to Swanage

Bridport to Weymouth

Salcombe to Slapton Sands

Strete to Dartmouth

Paignton to Dartmouth

Paignton to Babbacombe

91 miles walked!

Weather – pretty good for this time of year!

An interview on Boom Radio – Thank you so much David Lloyd

Week Five – 7th – 13th October 2023

Babbacombe to Starcross

Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton

Sidmouth to Seaton

Briport to Lyme Regis

Salcombe to Noss Mayo

Warren Point to Plymouth

76 miles walked!

Weather – unseasonably mild!

The van is wrapped – thank you so much to Signworx in Ashford Kent for doing this completely free of charge, we are so grateful!

“ In the adventure ’round the UK, Dickie plays his part

With the Evie Dove Foundation at heart

“Where’s Dickie?” we holler, as people scan the van

Bongy the dog joins, in this wild and wacky plan”

Week Six – 14th – 21st October 2023

Mount Baton Plymouth to Tregantle Fort

After taking a slight tumble and missing a couple of buses, Tom and Fiona gave me a ride back to Cremyll for the ferry. They live in Torpoint the opposite direction. HUGE THANKYOU !!!……Ankle slightly twisted but its ok. All good and the Harveys giving me a 7 mile ride away from where they live is so kind.

Tregantle Fort to Looe

Looe to Polperro

“I got to Polperro today but fell flat on my face (literally!) in between Looe and Polperro. Luckily my head hit the path by two sharp rocks so could have been worse. Shocking headache and a bit of a mess. Looks like I’ve been in a bar room brawl!”

Polperro to Fowey

Fowey to St Austell

Rona recognised me on the Fowey Ferry. ‘ Aren’t you the chap walking around Britain?’ Hooray I’m infamous!!

47 miles walked!

Weather – pretty good considering it is mid October!

Week Seven – 22nd October 2023

Having a well earned break after Cornwall took its toll – a real reminder of just how big a challenge Dickie has taken on

“I just had appointment with my sports injury back chap. Both ankles sprained recommended need 2 weeks of rest. BUT he wouldn’t do any work to my back that doesn’t feel right at all after the fall.”

“I arranged to see a doctor this afternoon.
I’m not feeling great head wise. Ringy ears and head ache that isn’t really feeling any better. It’s been a week since the fall.
……”

Doc Ned is going to get back to me with x-ray result that hopefully will confirm that I haven’t fractured my neck!
He said that I was lucky to be alive. I have to agree with him on this point!! Concussion is causing excruciatingly bad headache and I’ve been ordered to rest.

“……..its a relief to have no fractures or breaks. I’m wishing concussion head ache and dizziness would go away though!

Week Eight – Back on that Path!!! – 8th – 16th November 2023

Wonderful to have you back Dickie – fit and well again!!!

A change of scenery – The Pembrokeshire Coast

A big thank you to Paul for keeping Dickie company

Tenby, Pendine, Stackpole Quay, Freshwater West, Angle, Dale, St Davids, Newgale – Pembrokeshire Coastal Path completed from Pendine Sands to St Davids!

105 miles walked!

Weather – very windy at times – check out the video!!!

Week Nine – 21st – 23rd November 2023

“Back in Pembrokeshire for a few days. Weather filthy, but quite a good forecast for the next few days!”

A big thank you to Jane for keeping Dickie company

The gods were with me today. I avoided the last headland before Cardigan as the paths were muddy steep and dangerous. So I walked inland and then had some issues with a diversion of coast path through boggy fields for the final couple of miles. I was ten minutes late for the bus and not sure where the bus actually stopped. I found the bus at a stop that was also ten minutes late. I felt as if I’d won the lottery!!

Newport, Pwllgwaelod, Cardigan, Aberporth

45 miles walked!

Weather – winter is gradually on its way!!

Week Ten – 28th November – 1st December 2023

Headed back to the South Cost Path – Somerset!!

“I’m walking at a slightly slower pace for safety as some of the paths are muddy and slippery. There’s been a number of path closures to negotiate so I never quite know how my day will pan out. I’m always looking at my sailing and meteorological apps to see where the better weather is and which direction the wind is going.

Wachet, Minehead, Porlock Quay, Hinkley Power Station, Burnham-on Sea, Weston Super Mare

46 miles walked!

Weather – first sub zero temperatures!

Week Eleven – 4th December – 12th December 2023

A big Cornish pre Christmas push!!

Padstow, Wadebridge, Polzeath, Rock, Lizard Point, St Ives, Gwithian, Portreath, Penzance, Merazion, Mousehole, Lands End, Minack Theatre, Sennen, Newquay, Watergate Bay

93 miles walked!

Weather – getting pretty cold and wet at times!

Christmas & New Year – 14th December 2023 – 3rd January 2024

While we were all relaxing, eating and celebrating, Dickie was still ‘walking down that path’! And quite a path it was too – 125 miles along the Cotswold Way!

Hazelton, Lower Swell, Chipping Camden, Stanton, Belas Knap, Cleve Hill, Seven Springs, Painswick, Kings Stanlea Middleyard, Wooton-under-Edge, Chipping Sodbury, Old Sodbury, Bath!!

Big thank you to Mike, Harry, Jules and other friends who kept Dickie company on the Cotswold Way.

125 miles walked!

Weather – wet & muddy, it’s that time of year!!

4th January 2024 – 10th January 2024

In true ‘Where’s Dickie?’ style, the Cotswold Way is complete and now he is heading back towards…………. Wales!!………….Taking in Weston Super Mare, Chepstow, Wye Valley, Monmouth and Pandy

63 miles walked!

Weather – cold, frosty and sunny!!!

21st January 2024 28th January 2024

A bout of flu can’t keep this great man down for long………….after a short break he is back and walking again!!

Amazing news………drum roll please………this week Dickie passed the 1000 mile mark!!!!! Simply incredible!!!

Big thank you to Jules (and of course Dongy) for keeping Dickie company in the Black Mountains this week, and to everyone who has donated so far – Dickie has now raised over £6k!

The miles this week have taken Dickie to Pandy, Hay on Wye, Kington, Knighton and Llantony Abbey.

65 miles walked!!

Weather – beautiful winter conditions to mark the 1000 mile landmark!

29th January 2024- 31st January 2024

Once again in true ‘Where’s Dickie?’ style, one day he was in Wales…………………and then he suddenly popped up in…………Skegness!!!!!!!!!

We love this video entitled……..”the long flat path to Grimsby”……..a reminder that this wonderful man is out there day in day out, walking for hours and hours, on his own, all in support of Evie’s Foundation…..we are so incredibly grateful Dickie!!

And he even managed to fit in visit to his favourite team Nottingham Forest…………..it turns out he was the star player!!!!

This quick east coast detour took in Skegness, Anderby Creek and Gibraltar Point

26 miles walked in two days – that’s an East Coast Marathon!!

Weather – better than Wales!!

1st February 2024 – 9th February 2024

North Wales and a visit to good friend Arthur lifts Dickies spirits!!

117 miles walked, taking in Mablethorpe, Treardurr, Holyhead Peninsula, Anglesey, Menai, Beaumaris, Penmon Point, Benllech, Red Wharf Bay, Moefre, Newborough Coastal Wildlife Peninsula

A summary from the great man himself…….”Some shocking weather but no one around and sometimes that suits me. I never forget the reason why I’m doing this so I just get on with it. I’m happy and I’ve been walking for 5 months can you believe?!”

We can’t believe it Dickie, you keep going and making us smile no matter what the conditions!!!

Weather – the wettest day experienced so far!!!!

13th February 2024 – 19th February 2024

A good start this week, 20 miles thorugh Rhosneigr and Llanryyddland Church Bay, however sore achilles unfortunately means a return home for Dickie and a visit to the chiropractors

“I’ve just seen the sports injury physio lady. She said that when I sprained my ankle back in Cornwall before my fall, that I’d stretched the tendon. She gave me exercises to do with an elasticated band and other stuff! BUT no need to stop infact don’t stop but seriously reduce the mileages and slowly build up the distances. Even starting with a couple of miles am and rest then another couple of miles pm. The idea being that I don’t reach a point where my ankles are painful. It will be frustrating but at least I can continue even though the mileage overall will be compromised. I’ll also just have to choose carefully my walking location to be as level as possible. This works as I’ve see on my maps that there are many long beaches coming up along North Wales and further North.”

Our hero is undeterred, and on Saturday started carefully building up the miles again, with some short walks back home in Gloucestershire. Take care Dickie, and please make sure you build back up steadily x.

20th February 2024 – 23rd February 2024

And just like that…….he is back in Wales…..is everyone keeping up??

Some gentle rehab walks this week, taking in Aberystwyth, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llanfairechan, Conwy Castle, Llandudno and Rhos on Sea. Picture below of “Dusty Van feeling regal”!

15 miles covered, taking Dickie through the 1200 mile mark!!

Ankles still a bit sore but happy I’ve reduced the mileages and they like the breaks and sit downs and level walks. It’s a bit tedious but no other options to get better! Sticking rigidly to rehab program and trying not to overdo the walking. See you down that path!!

26th February 2024

Our hero Dickie is unfortunately suffering from ‘Achilles Tendinopathy’.

Those 1200 miles in all weather conditions have sadly taken their toll.

“Good morning everyone! I’m having some major issues with ankles. Ive just got home to rest up and work and what I’m going to do. I can’t continue at the moment as even walking to the bathroom feels like I’m climbing Everest!

It’s very frustrating as I know from a weather and seasonal point of view, I’ve most likely done the hard part. I’m not a quitter but walking a few miles in pain doesn’t feel quite right!”

We all want you to rest up Dickie and get back to full health. Whatever is next we are looking forward to giving you a hero’s welcome at the Evie Dove Foundation Fundraising Walk on 7th September 2024.

Thank you so much for all you have done for Evie’s Foundation……we will absolutely ‘see you down that path’…x