Lizard mum to complete mammoth solo trek around Cornish coast
A Lizard mum and animal volunteer is in the final stages of a mammoth charity trek around Cornwall’s coastline.
Jes Hirons is due to complete her challenge in just three weeks - having climbed a total of 18,000 metres - the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice.
On Thursday she will embark on the final leg of her journey at the clock tower in Kingsand/Cawsand at 10.30am, to be accompanied by her children, Oliver and Elizabeth, on the green outside the gates of Mount Edgcumbe House at 1pm.
She is raising money and awareness for four local organisations that are working towards the conservation of one of Cornwall’s most iconic animals, the grey seal.
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She is hoping to raise more than £2,000 to be divided between Cornwall Seal Group, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Strandings Network and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Having recently completed a degree in marine science at Falmouth Marine School the mum said she wanted to do something to help protect the grey seal.
She told the West Briton that the most challenging section came at the start as she walked steep cliffs and valleys in Bude and Port Isaac.
She said: “It has been an amazing journey. I have seen so many seals and a bottle nose dolphin in St Ives. There are also so many varities of butterflies. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.”
Having prepared to camp every night of her trek, Jes said she has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have offered her a bed and hot bath along the way.
“I have only had to wild camp four times. People have been amazing, many of them are linked to the charities that I am helping and feel as passionate as I do about protecting grey seals and our environment.”
During the trek she says the hardest thing to cope with has been blistered feet and overcoming the mental as well as physical strain of covering long distances each day.
On August 8 she wrote on her Facebook page: “So far: Marston to Bude to Bostcastle to Port Issac to Padstow to Newquay to Perranporth to Portreath to St Ives to Pendeen round Lands End to Porthcurno to Marazion to Poldhu and today is Coverack. My feet are aching my bad legs are all wobbly and I am starting to find it all a bit more of a challenge.
“It has tested my motivation but it has been an incredible and amazing journey.”
To learn more about her challenge and to donate please visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Trek-Cornwall-2013/504501482929427 (or search for Trek Cornwall 2013).