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Veteran walker begins 2000 mile + sponsored canal walks for wounded servicemen and women

Posted on 27th February, 2012 in News

In February, 68 year old Doug (Monty) Hamilton-Cox, a former sapper with the Royal Engineers begins a series of charity walks which will take him along the footpaths of all of the United Kingdom’s canal network.  He anticipates these walks will take three years in various stages.

There are over over 2000 miles (3000 km) in the network of British inland waterways, many built more than 200 years ago.  This will be Doug’s biggest challenge yet.

From Tuesday 21st February Doug will be in the Taunton- Bridgwater area meeting the Mayors of Taunton and Bridgwater, collecting in the towns and walking the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal (See Schedule below)


In 2009, Doug walked from his home in Bridford on Dartmoor, Devon to Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire for Help for Heroes. He was moved to do this following attendance at numerous repatriation events in the town and seeing at first hand the courage and dignity of the families and friends of the fallen and the support given by the many thousands attending these events.

In 2010, he followed with a walk from Devon to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, now part of the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  Selly Oak is the first port of call for the most severely wounded returning from Afghanistan. The hospital contains the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which cares for injured servicemen and women from conflict zones. 
He raised the remarkable total £25,000 for charity from both of these walks.

In 2011, he walked over 1,000 miles from John O’ Groats to Lands End, diverting to towns and villages on the way,  raising over £24,000 for Help for Heroes charity.



From Tuesday 21st February Doug will be in the Taunton- Bridgwater area meeting the Mayor of Taunton, collecting in the towns and  walking the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday 21st February: 10 am Meeting with the Mayor of Taunton at the Council Offices  followed by collecting in Taunton

Wednesday 22nd February: 10 am Bridgwater Canal Basin
Canal Walk begins, completing at about 4pm at Taunton

Thursday 23rd February
Meeting the Mayor of Bridgwater and collecting in Bridgwater


All monies raised will go to the charities supporting wounded servicemen and women.   Donations can be made  through the website


Doug will also be collecting for the charities on his journey as he passes through towns and villages. He welcomes any support and encouragement that businesses and local people are able to provide.

For more information please see Doug’s website:

or contact: Doug Hamilton-Cox on
Email:  sue.hamiltoncox@btinternet.com
Telephone (Home): 01647 252259        Mobile: 07847728111

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