Cricket legend Ian Botham will be paying a visit to Pembrokeshire next week as part of a charity walk across Wales to help raise a quarter-of-a-million pounds for the Noah's Ark Appeal.

A seasoned charity walker, 'Beefy' Botham starts his 229-mile walk today (Friday) in Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales, and will be making his way around the country over the next week to the modern capital of Cardiff, as part of the campaign to build the new Children's Hospital of Wales.

On Monday, stage four of the nine-day hike, Botham, one of England's greatest all round cricketers, will be making his way from Wolfscastle to Tenby, a journey that sees him pass through Canaston Bridge, Templeton, Begelly, Pentlepoir and Wooden.

On arrival in the resort, Botham, who is almost as well known for his blisters sustained on his many charity walks as he is for his performances in the test match arena, will make his way along the Narberth Road and The Norton, before turning into White Lion Street and then Greenhill Road as he makes his way to the Leisure Centre, where the day's walk comes to a conclusion at approximately 3.45 pm.

After staying overnight in the area, Botham will leave the Leisure Centre at 9.30 am on Tuesday and make his way out of town via Clicketts Lane, Heywood Lane and Serpentine Road.

Heading for Carmarthen, he will pass through New Hedges, Saundersfoot and Pentlepoir, before striding out along the A477.

Botham, who called into Tenby in 1994 during another charity walk, will be accompanied by cricket colleague, Mike Gatting, who is also taking part in the whole challenge, together with other celebrities from the world of music and film.

Bucket collections will be made along the route and spectators are invited to turn out and cheer Botham, Gatting and their party on.

Also accompanying, Botham will be his daughter, Sarah, while his wife Kathy is co-ordinating the back-up team of around 30 crew who will be giving support to the party throughout the walk.