A tribute to Chris Barrett

We are very sad to announce that we have been informed about the passing of one of our members after contracting coronavirus.

Chris Barrett from Southampton joined the Association in 2017 and only recently celebrated completing the South West Coast Path in October of last year. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Chris’ family are urging anyone ignoring current coronavirus lock-down advice to “not take any chances”. Click here to read the full article and learn more about Chris who was an avid walker and well-known news producer and editor. 

After completing his 630-mile journey Chris made a generous donation of £630 to the charity. With the family’s permission we are sharing the letter he sent to us about completing the Path, which he described as “undoubtedly one of the most memorable experiences of my life.” 

Letter to the SWCPA from Chris Barrett, Dibden Purlieu

“I celebrated my completion of the South West Coast path with family, friends and a glass or two of champagne on October 19th. Having approached the Path from both ends, I contrived a finish in south Devon - a place dear to my heart. I spent a very enjoyable time working there in the 1960's and it was where I met my wife, Gwen.

It took me 55 days over the course of two-and-half years to walk the 630 miles - mostly by myself but occasionally accompanied by my two daughters, Emma and Linda, granddaughter Caitlin and good friend Geoff Bonner. It was undoubtedly one of the most memorable experiences of my life - the dramatic and magnificent scenery, the people I met while walking, the hospitality at places I stayed overnight, the utterly reliable services of Luggage Transfers and the information and advice from the South West Coast Path Association.

But it would be remiss of me not to make a special mention of the staff at Exeter St David's Station who went way beyond the call of duty by reuniting me with my walking stick - of no monetary value but very precious to me - after I'd mislaid it while travelling by train to Cornwall.”

Chris will be fondly remembered.

Stay safe.

Published on: April 8, 2020