UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

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UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 03 Apr, 2016 9:42 pm

Walk around the UK coast, to open in 2020. 2800 miles all up!

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/ ... ?CMP=fb_gu
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Re: UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby durks » Sun 03 Apr, 2016 11:11 pm

I noticed that article in yesterday's paper.

Note that this path - whatever you might make of the overall concept - relates to the *English* coast only, and not the 'UK coast.' That is, specifically, as far as Great Britain is concerned, it excludes Wales and Scotland: see the map at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... nd-map.pdf
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Re: UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby MrWalker » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 7:34 am

I think Wales already has its own coastal walk, covering almost the entire coastline. Probably has more interesting rocks too.
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Re: UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby ribuck » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 8:00 am

You can currently walk the vast majority of this coast. No need to wait for the bureaucratic process to pan out, and for the route to be "designated". There are already people who have walked the whole of the UK coast (not just England). Obviously there are times when you need to leave the water's edge to bypass an inaccessible area, but that will still be the case with the designated route.
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Re: UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby GPSGuided » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 8:36 am

How long did they take?
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Re: UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby ribuck » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 7:58 am

It can be done in a little under a year, avoiding the worst of winter. However, many people do it in sections as they can't afford to take a whole year off. Here's a good list of some people who have done it, with links to blogs etc:
http://www.britishwalks.org/walks/Named ... /Links.php
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Re: UK coastal walk - Anyone have a year to spare?

Postby tomh » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 3:34 pm

Two battered old ladies appeared on the path, tramping towards me out of the gorse - Miss Brace and Miss Badcock. They were half-naked, leathery and terrifying in halters and faded shorts, and though it was cool on these cliffs they were perspiring. Old ladies in skimpy clothes could look defenceless. These two looked formidable - rather plump and plain and dauntless, with lined faces, and varicose veins standing out on their calves like thongs. They were very brown. They carried walking sticks with spiked tips. One had a bright patch on her shorts saying 'Bad Gastein'. They were ramblers, they said, then as if to prove it said they had walked here from Land's End.
'And we 'aven't tooched pooblic transport,' Miss Brace said.
- Theroux, Paul. (1983) The Kingdom By The Sea London, UK: Hamish Hamilton
A combination of hiking and small railway branch line travel in 1982 takes him around the total UK coast with vivid and candid descriptions of what he encounters and those he meets. Recommended even if you don't intend doing the walk.
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