A man from Great Rollright spent three days in the UK’s last known remaining wilderness to raise money for Helen and Douglas House.
Peter Walker stayed on the Isle of Jura, which is off the coast of Scotland and boasts a population of 200 people and more than 6,000 deer.
His only shelter throughout the duration of his stay was a lightweight tent although he did spend a couple of days in a bothy - a basic shelter usually left unlocked and available to use free of charge.
His only provisions were those he could cram in his backpack, supplemented by food he foraged including wild garlic.
He also walked a total of 46 miles on the island and had very little human contact.
The adventure was in aid of his wife Becci’s challenge to raise £5,000 for Helen and Douglas House. She will be undergoing a trek of her own in September when she attempts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa.
Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mr Walker said: “They said it was the last remaining wilderness in the UK – and they weren’t kidding.”
He camped out on the first night in the pouring rain, which over the next few days reached ‘apocalyptic levels’ and had first hand experience with the island’s midges and ticks.
He saw a wide range of wildlife including seals and golden eagles and drank from a waterfall.
But his adventure also suffered a number of setbacks including getting stuck in a bog.
He said: “At that point I realised I needed to start heading back. I thought, this is not somewhere to be on your own. There is a health and safety lesson there.”
He eventually made the decision to return to the hotel – which was 28 miles away.
“I started walking then got out my map and saw I was only 11 miles from the hotel. I thought, if I keep moving and keep my head down I might get back to the hotel in time for a proper pint of beer. It is amazing how much of a motivation beer can be.”
Three miles from the hotel, he hitched a ride from a passing van.
Despite his difficult experience, Mr Walker said he would return to Jura. “Without a doubt, it is the most beautiful place I have been to in the UK. The surroundings were magnificent and the wildlife was great. I am 100 per cent certain I will go back with my wife.”
To sponsor Mrs Walker’s challenge, visit her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rebecca-Walker1207.