Walking the Path

If you find yourself on a beach, anywhere in the South West of the UK, look out for the acorn signposts and you will be on the South West Coast Path. You might be out for a stroll in the evening, or you might want the challenge of walking all 630 miles.

The walking can be surprisingly tough in places. Some days you can be climbing up and down endless steps from one valley to the next, the next day can be almost flat all the way. The total climb over the whole route is equivalent to climbing from sea level to the top of Mt. Everest 4 times.

The Scenery changes all along the way from magnificent towering cliffs to scenic villages. Look out to sea and you may see dolphins, seals and basking sharks. In spring the coastline can be a carpet of wild flowers.

I found that stopping and chatting to other walkers along the way was one of my favourite pastimes. Where are you going? Where are you from? How are your feet? Where is good to eat? I would be able to tell if other walkers were thru walkers or day packers by the size of their packs. 

I found I walked at approximately 2 miles per hour including stops for food and rest. This could be increased on the flat sections like Braunton to Westward Ho! but could be less on difficult sections such as the rugged North Cornish coast.