A FORMER maths teacher, who has lost the majority of his sight, is walking the length of the country for the second time.

Dave Mulligan, 67, from Smithills is walking solo from Cape Wrath in the far North West of Scotland to Dungeness in the South East of England armed with just Google Maps and his cane.

Mr Mulligan used to teach maths at St Joseph's RC High School Horwich and began losing his sight in 2000 but has continued to love the outdoors.

Following the success of his walk from John O'Groats to Lands End in 2016 he is embarking on a new challenge.

He said: "I can see that there's hill but I can't make out anything about it.

"I don't know when I last saw a bird but listening to them, it's phenomenal when you get out there, you have this orchestra playing in the trees."

Mr Mulligan is navigating his almost 800 mile journey using Google Maps and has been practicing following the direction of the arrow on his phone and finding his way to specific houses, which he says is a particular challenge for him.

Along the way he will be staying in a variety of B&Bs and he hopes to complete his journey in 45 days.

Mr Mulligan hopes his journey will be an inspiration to others who have faced challenges. He said: "These challenges aren't barriers but they might be hurdles."

Follow his progress on his Facebook page Mulliganslongwalk where you will find a link to his Virgin Money page. He is raising money for two charities, blind society Henshaws, Ainsworth Lane and Guide Dogs.