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Our Writer Just Completed The World’s Stupidest Walk

From Cockermouth to Lickey End via Great Cockup and Nanny’s Breast: our gear reviewer James Forrest has just completed ‘the UK’s rudest walk’, travelling over 500km on foot via the rudest-named places in the UK.

James hiked 11 marathons in 11 days from his home in Cockermouth to visit his brother in the Worcestershire hamlet of Lickey End. En-route – presumably in a bid to determine whether size really matters – he climbed hills called Great Cockup, Little Cockup and Andrew’s Knob, he visited woodland in Lancashire called Nanny’s Breast and a nature reserve in Bolton known as Nob End.

In urban areas, his pun-themed plod visited crudely-named streets including Bell End (Rowley Regis, West Midlands), Cocking Yard (Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria), Ten Butts Crescent (Stafford, Staffordshire) and Number 2 Passage (Manchester).

James’ favourite finds included Willey Lane in Cockerham, Butt’s Fold in Cockermouth and Twatling Street in the Lickey Hills – as well as the Gloryhole sculpture in Bilston and Windybottom Farm in Marple.

Towns, villages and hamlets along James’ route included Clitheroe and Ramsbottom in Lancashire, Tittensor in Staffordshire, and the Worcestershire duo of Bell End and Lickey End.

“It was a very, very long way to walk just for a childish joke”, said James, who used the hike to fundraise for Baggy Trousers, a charity tackling testicular cancer. “But it was an epic adventure – and I’m just sad I didn’t have time to visit Shitterton in Dorset or Twatt in the Orkney Islands.

“Ultimately, I like to think my journey was a celebration of the very best of British eccentricity and quirkiness.”

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