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Tea-lover's 92-county challenge
Malcolm Watt
More tea? Malcolm Watt's favourite brand is Lady Grey
A tea-lover on a mission to drink a cuppa in each of the UK's historic counties has embarked on the Welsh leg of his tour.

Teaching assistant Malcolm Watt hopes to enjoy cups of tea across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over a period of two years.

On Wednesday, the 30-year-old began his journey from his home in Bristol to Fishguard in Pembrokeshire.

He will stop for a brew in each of Wales's 13 old counties in five days.

Mr Watt said his tea marathon was not a fundraising stunt, and was not being sponsored.

MR WATT'S TEA CHALLENGE RULES
He must only use public transport
He must set foot in each county to have his cup of tea
He has to buy the tea from a teashop/tea room
Where possible, he must avoid tea-shop chains
He must wear a special drink tea T-shirt
A photo must be taken at each tea shop he visits

However, one of the reasons behind his adventure is to raise awareness of the "raw beauty" of the UK.

He said: "We live in such a beautiful part of the world, and people are jetting off to other European destinations.

'British drink'

"I think the UK has a lot to offer, and I think that sometimes people don't realise that."

He said a book inspired him to study the map of the UK.

"From there, I thought wouldn't it be great to visit the 92 (counties) and also have a cup of tea in each one.

"Well, I did start thinking about beer and alcohol, and I thought it's kind of... narrowing down who you'll be socialising with.

"I think that tea is much more sociable, and it's a British drink," he said.

Mr Watt, who began his challenge by visiting London on 31 May, travelled by train from Bristol to Fishguard.

Next he will travel from Fishguard to Aberystwyth by coach, and from there plans to take trains to north Wales.




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