Dan Walker says he’s moved onto solid food and swelling is going down after bike crash

The TV star was hit by a car while he was out cycling

Dan Walker has updated fans following his bike crash. (Twitter)
Dan Walker has updated fans following his bike crash. (Twitter)

Dan Walker has revealed he has started eating solid food again after he was injured in a collision with a car while he was riding his bike.

The Channel 5 news presenter's face was left battered and bruised after he was hit by a vehicle while he was cycling on Monday (20 February), and he has said he feels thankful to be alive.

Walker, who credits his helmet with saving his life, had been eating soup through a straw but has told fans he is making progress.

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Sharing a snap on Instagram of him cuddling his dog, the former BBC Breakfast star said: "Winnie hasn’t left my side this week. She’s the best.

"Two things happened today…

"1. I had my first solid food since Monday.

"2. I ordered a new cycling helmet."

The father-of-three thanked his followers for all the well wishes.

Dan walker has said his helmet saved him. (Channel 5)
Dan walker has said his helmet saved him. (Channel 5)

"The swelling is going down but the body is still aching," he added.

The TV star, 45, also shared a hilarious get well soon video from Richard Curtis, in which the screenwriter joked that there were easier ways to get a Red Nose for Comic Relief.

The clip showed Curtis, one of the founders of the charity, telling Walker: "I’m so sorry about the state of your face.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Dan Walker attends the TRIC Christmas Lunch at The Londoner Hotel on December 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Dan Walker said his swelling is going down. (Getty Images)

"I just wanted to day there is an easier way to get a Red Nose.

"I really admire your dedication but if you just go on Amazon there is a beautiful red nose designed by Sir Jony Ive, makes money for Comic Relief and much less painful.

"I hope you recover soon and order a Red Nose with panache."

Walker told fans about his accident earlier this week, sharing photographs of his facial injuries as he said he was "thankful to still be here".

Read more: Dan Walker has no memory of his bike crash

"Battered and bruised but - amazingly - nothing broken," he wrote on Instagram, saying that he did not have any memory of what had happened before coming round on the tarmac surrounded by paramedics and police.

Watch: Dan Walker makes Channel 5 news debut