Dorset walker Claire Allen completes 2,000km in 105 days for homeless charities

AN intrepid walker from Okeford Fitzpaine has put her best foot forward to do her bit to tackle homelessness.

In a bid to help, Claire Allen, who hails from the Vale village, quit her job, rented out her flat and set off to walk around the coast of Britain.

With each step, she is raising vital funds for homeless charities Shelter and Only a Pavement Away.

The 45-year-old started at John O’Groats on August 9, and arrived at London on November 22, having covered just over 2,000km in 105 days.

She has set herself the target of one year to complete the more than 8,000km of Britain’s coastline and, after a seven-day break for Christmas back in Dorset, will return to the route and plod on.

“Claire has had epic support already, from the dozens of people who’ve let her stay in their spare room or on their sofa, fed her, donated or simply shaken her hand along the way,” a spokesperson said.

“People’s kindness has kept her going through storms, sore feet, cold nights, tick bites, inquisitive cows and hungry foxes raiding her tent.”

To date, Claire has raised £2,000 of her £10,000 target.

If you would like to support her, you can visit her JustGiving page at

For more information, and to follow Claire’s progress, visit

Claire has given herself a year to walk the entire coast

Claire has given herself a year to walk the entire coast

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