As promised, more about our adventures over the summer, beginning with the South West Coast Path. This is the Appallachian Trail of English long distance treks, clocking in at an incredible 630miles. It is also very strenuous, with some sections involving up to 1000 metres of ascent as you switchback up and down those little coves and soaring cliffs.
It runs from Minehead in Somerset right round to Poole in Dorset, via Lands’ End, so you get the whole of the Cornish coast, plus Devon, Dorset, and a bit of Somerset!
I have walked bits of it at various times in my life and it completely hooked me. I adored the beauty and wildness – it spoke to something deep within me. I’ve always wanted to do the whole thing and maybe it’s something to do with turning 50 this year, but it seemed we’d put it off for long enough.
We can’t do it all in one go, so we’re taking it in chunks of about a week at a time. For logistical reasons we’re going the wrong way round, starting at the Poole end. The first week we got as far as Weymouth. I have a few photos from the second week, where we went from Weymouth to Sidmouth, taking us well into Devon.
Sidmouth was a great place to finish, particularly as it was party time, the last night of their Folk Week. We had several hundred people bopping to “Billie Jean” and “Blame it On The Boogie” below our hotel window, there were fireworks going off in the bay and the atmosphere was brilliant. Mostly the weather was kind, though we did get spectacularly soaked on two occasions. I got very brown and very fit, and I’m already planning next summer!
Pictures are here – click on the map function to find out where we were.