Hildasay to Home
Walking saved his life. Now it will help find him a family. In the follow-up to his Sunday Times bestselling Finding Hildasay, Christian Lewis takes his next steps.
Since his time on Hildasay, Chris’ adventure has only gotten wilder. No one was more surprised than Chris when, in November 2020, he had an unlikely (seemingly destined) encounter with fellow adventurer Kate. The two turned out to be kindred spirits and – even more astonishingly – Kate made the bold decision to join Chris on the walk of a lifetime. Day in, day out, as they trekked the coastline down from Scotland together, their relationship grew, and soon the couple were thrown in at the deep end when their first child – baby Magnus – arrived.
But, away from Scotland, Chris’ struggles with mental health returned. The solitude of Hildasay seemed far away, and he unravelled once again.
Through injuries and setbacks, with Jet the dog ageing and baby Magnus growing by the day, the adventurous family of four had to find their feet and come together to complete this epic challenge. They’ve navigated the east coast of Scotland, through Yorkshire and East Anglia, and struggled on to the Jurassic Coast where Chris slowly came back into himself.
In Hildasay to Home Chris finally crosses the finish line back in Swansea with almost half a million pounds raised,. He reflect beautifully on all that he’s learned and the family he’s found for himself along the way.
The word ‘inspiration’ is often overused; Chris really is an inspiration. I urge you to read his tale
Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, on Finding Hildasay
Observer, on Finding Hildasay
The real journey here is one of self-discovery
Mail on Sunday, on Finding Hildasay