About My Journey

Hi there. In 2016 – 2017 I walked the entire length of the Southwest Coast Path and found it a wonderful, uplifting experience. In all, it took 8 trips to the South West Peninsula to complete the 630 mile journey. It became a large part of my life for a short time. 

The year before, I had the terrible experience of finding a young man in the woods who had taken his life. This had a bad effect on me and I needed a challenge to focus on, to have time to understand why someone would do that. I have always been an outdoorsy person, but had never done a long distance walk before, but I had heard of others doing sections of the SWCP, and I had often seen the acorn signs when on holidays in the South West. So a plan was formulated.

I did little planning. I booked accommodation,  filled up a rucksack and set off for Minehead for the first week’s walking to Westward Ho! I learnt a lot that first week. My pack was too heavy, my feet hurt and the walking was much much harder than I had expected. Apart from that, I had the best time. It was an amazing experience. The scenery and wildlife were fantastic. I chatted to loads of people on the trail, on buses and trains, in restaurants and hostel.

Now that I have finished the journey I wanted to share some of do’s and don’ts. What to bring and what to leave out. Where to stay, what to expect.

If you are reading this and will be setting off on your own SWCP adventure soon, I wish you the best of luck and I hope you have as good a time as me.


5 Replies to “The South West Coast Path – About My Journey”

  1. Hi John
    Thanks a lot. We start the path this Friday 🙂 We will have a beer for you in Porlock after the first day!

  2. Hi John

    Thanks for this useful site. I am hiking a section or two starting this week and found it helpful to read your tips.

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