THE president of a Rotary club is preparing for a two-week fundraising hike.

Dave West, the new president of Bradford Bronte Rotary Club, is gearing up for the 188-mile trek along Offa's Dyke, the eighth-century earthwork boundary roughly following the border of England and Wales.

Each year, Mr West embarks on a solo expedition, and this year's will be a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.

He is due to set off from Chepstow on Wednesday, September 3, and arrive in Prestatyn on Friday, September 19.

He said: "I walk alone because I have two speeds – slow and stop. That way I walk at my pace and eventually reach my destinations.

"In the past I’ve completed the Pennine Way, the Coast to Coast, Dalesway, Dales High Road, Cumbrian Way and two years ago I walked 400 miles by walking from Bradford to the Lake District, right round the outer edge of the Lakes and then back to Bradford.

"It’s my way of ‘switching off’, recharging the batteries and giving something back."

Mr West, the director of Little Germany Action Group, said he had chosen to raise money for Cancer Research UK as it was a disease which affected everyone in some way.