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The highs and lows of walking the Coast Path

In November 2016, Jeff Cox completed all 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, which he had started 17 months earlier, walking in stages, four or five days every month, raising money for the Rory Peck Trust. Here’s his account of the experience:

It's hard to describe adequately both the satisfaction, and the sense of loss, when last November I walked the final yards along the beach at Studland to complete the 630-mile trail. The Coast Path had been an enriching part of my life for the past year and a half. I had set out from Minehead to walk the path for charity - and for my own enjoyment. Apart from three winter months, and then four months laid up with sciatica, I had walked a stretch of 50 or 60 miles each month, generally camping and staying at a few wonderful pubs and B and Bs.

The memories of those headlands and bays, some of which I had already visited, and the anticipation of future delights when planning the next stretch, were a constant joy. Scaling perpendicular cliff paths, tumbling down hot and exhausted into fishing villages, the taste of that first pint in the evening - just wonderful.

Everyone has their high spots. I guess mine were conquering that wild, raw coastline on the severe stretch from Hartland to Bude, watching a flock of red-legged choughs at Sennen, and a sunny weekend in early October, with my two sons on that chalky rollercoaster from Weymouth, through Lulworth to Kimmeridge.  

Thank you, South West Coast Path; it was a wonderful experience, and I miss it badly.  

 

 

Published on: April 20, 2017