The longest managed coast path in the world? Here in England? Great!
Finished by 2020 but with sections already open today? So I can get a head start?
I’ve muddied boots on small sections of coastal path, usually as a reaction to life frustration, or unexpected sunshine, or perhaps the sudden tight waist on jeans.
And I have a secret … the real reason I always undertake coastal paths is not a love of the sea, nor a delight in coastal towns … it’s that I’m utterly rubbish at navigation.
So, “keep the sea within sight at all times” ensures I don’t get lost.
The coast is also perfect for my particular form of overnighting … I call it “crash camping” where one walks until dusk, finds a spot to hide, slides into a bivvy bag and collapses. Set an alarm for ten minutes before dawn, and start walking. Repeat.
So … 2800 miles … 4500 km … I’m 40 … should manage it before I croak?
Incentivise myself … start a blog … tell friends down the pub that I might be the first person to complete the whole path … join in with their laughter.
Rather impressed by the footpath planners – Natural England … like their ambition … link below appears to be regularly updated and includes developing maps –
I’ll aim to update this site as I potter on, for my own benefit as a journal and as proof of walks walked.
A couple of photos from a recent walk on the South West Coast Path, to cheer up this first post!
I firmly believe in embracing any opportunity to eat homemade cake when coastal walking.
More homemade cake, stopping at Portscatho in Cornwall. Tea is another addiction, hence the small milk for my evening crash-camp.
MY ENGLAND COAST PATH STATISTICS : 25th January 2018
Miles walked – 0
Hours walked – 0