In September of 2014, I set off from Penzance, with the intention of walking to Lynmouth, where I used to live, around the coast path. I ended up walking to Watchet on the first visit.
I do try to get to the coast as often as I can, but I've been hampered by two ankle surgeries and finding the time to walk in my time off work.
I had recently lost two good friends, one to cancer and one in a motorcycle accident.
We all have our “one days…”. Linda’s was to walk the Appalachian trail. Nige wanted to walk around the Welsh coast.
My one day, since I was a kid and went to Cornwall for the first time was to walk the north Cornish coast. After living in Lynmouth back in the 90’s I tagged the Devon coast onto the end of that walk.
Most people, like Linda and Nige, don’t get a chance to make that one day a reality. In a way I’m lucky, I got laid off and my landlords were complete arseholes, which was an encouragement to change my surroundings.
Life is short and we never know when our time is up, take a chance and do something you have always wanted to, you may not get another opportunity.
Porthoustock to Chepstow in numbers:
Or just over 11 miles a day. An average of about 1mph during the hours of day light.…
66352 feet up, or 12.5 miles, or just over twice the height of Everest.
16 portions of fish and chips, because they taste better by the sea.
3 nights in hotels, 4 nights sofa surfing, 2 nights sleeping in the car and the rest were in the tent.
I could not have done the walk without the help of my friends, a big thank you to the lovely Kaz, without her the first trip would not have been possible, and Emma for helping me out on the second visit. Thanks, everyone else for their encouragement along the way. Also, thank you to the people behind the websites www.southwestcoastpath.com and https://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/?lang=en.
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