Whitby is wonderful for Andreas

Andreas Gschwari walking forests around Britain and ended up in Whitby during Goth Weekend''w111311      Picture: Ceri Oakes
Andreas Gschwari walking forests around Britain and ended up in Whitby during Goth Weekend''w111311 Picture: Ceri Oakes

WHEN most people set out on a good stroll it might take them a couple of hours but one chap is spending a year walking around the British coastline - and cites Whitby as one of the highlights so far.

Austrian born Andreas Gschwari (34) stopped off in Whitby on the advice of friends and took a little breather from his gruelling schedule which sees him walking sometimes in excess of 20 miles per day with a 27 kilo rucksack and four litres of water strapped to his back.

In February he left Brighton and his job as a computer games designer to walk 5000 miles in 12 months to raise funds for Trees For Life - a conservation charity dedicated to the restoration of forests.

Along the way Andreas is camping or staying in hostels but his arrival in Whitby coincided with the first of this year’s Goth weekends so he checked into the Leeway b&b on the West Cliff so he could take in some of the sights of the town.

He enjoyed a pub meal in the Granby and a couple of drinks in the Little Angel and the George.

Andreas said: “The view when I came from Robin Hood’s Bay and around the lighthouse. It was really fun walking through the Abbey and through the town seeing people for Goth weekend. I had not planned to come here at the same time it was a lucky coincidence.

“I had seen a BBC show about it and thought I had missed it and it was a shame because I would have loved to have seen it.

“On the Sunday I got up early, went to see the stalls and wandered through the town to the Abbey - it was stunning and the weather was great. I had a look at the town and it was real Whitby.

“It is definitely a fantastic place to come and visit. There are so many lovely views and on the Saturday night I did a small pub crawl - the atmosphere was lovely.”

He was influenced to do the walk by the BBC programme Coast as well as his interest in conservation and the green way of life.

Whitby was his last stop off in Yorkshire before he headed off to Redcar via Staithes and says visiting the county was the best part of his expedition so far.

He added: “Yorkshire has been absolutely stunning. That week has been my best so far. I have seen lots of gorgeous places along the way and met some nice people - they have been so friendly and helpful.”