A GOLCAR pensioner is halfway through a solo fundraising trek from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Alf Dawson, 78, is back in Huddersfield after completing the first leg of his 1,000-mile journey.
The former teacher, who suffers with Parkinson's disease, started out on his mammoth walk a month ago from Cornwall.
Mr Dawson, who is raising cash for Kirkwood Hospice, said the main cause for his walk was for something to do.
He said: "A few years ago when I retired I took up walking and really enjoyed it.
"Then I got a dog and had to look after it so I couldn't do as much long-distance walking.
"But sadly last year the dog died and I just felt a bit bored and lonely and wanted to do something."
Mr Dawson said he had been carrying a 40-pound back on his daily walk of between 12 and 20 miles.
The pack contains clothes and camping equipment.
He added: "I've been camping some nights and staying in B&Bs the others.
"One of the worst times on the walk was when it was a red hot day and I couldn't find anywhere to camp.
"I had to walk up a huge hill to get to a B&B but it was full.
"It was only on the third one I found there was room. I didn't ask how much it was but I got a shock in the morning."
Mr Dawson said he was enjoying the walk.
He added: "It's enjoyable in a different way. It's not from watching the scenery go by but it is from feeling a real sense of achievement."
The huge journey is expected to finish sometime in August at John O'Groats.
Mr Dawson said: "I'm not looking forward to it ending - just keeping focused on the next day.
"At my age it doesn't pay to think too far forward - I may not be here tomorrow."