This blog, now up to Episode 98, by way of a letter to our six Grandchildren, Rosie, Lauren, Stan, Jake, Rowan and Maisie, records my progress walking the Coastline of England and Wales since November 2013. The actual start date is slightly vague because previously, there was no formal start – it just happened.
We live alongside the English/Welsh Border formed by the River Teme, and not far from Offa’s Dyke.
I had been irregularly walking Offa’s Dyke Path, roughly following the Border, eventually finishing in the North at Prestatyn and The Old Severn Bridge at Chepstow in the South. Here, in Shropshire, we live very close to the most beautiful stretches of Offa’s Dyke trail, and access to the route was easy, using The OS Trail Guides as the Bible, aided and abetted by the Stretch Maps by Natural England.
The Welsh Coast Path is already up and walking, but The England Coast Path is due for completion by 2020, according to English Nature’s website. They regularly update and are publishing Stretch Maps covering the whole England Coastline recording the progress of their deliberations. The Maps are colour coordinated but only the stretches in green represent the full and final England Coast Path (subject to erosion of course) –
the other colours represent the intended route but as yet , for various reasons are incomplete . Consequently , as this is an ongoing process until 2020, my route was established as a best guess between established existing coast paths and/or the O/S COAST PATH
On November 11th 2017, I ceremoniously completed The Walk Round England, in my hometown of Southend-on-Sea, at the end of the world’s longest Pier, with a party following on to celebrate the completion of the English stage. I had walked every coast path in England, visited every resort and coastal town and city, and crossed every river that led to the sea. Only very little coast line escaped my attention, particularly Military occupied coast and some private islands; most islands were set foot upon with attempted walks to their extremities as a spur to the main coast path. Sometimes the existing coast path bypassed islands, but I visited if I could. It was after all a mainland coastal walk. Perhaps I should do I should do a chart indicating which islands received a visit.
All my walk routes have been highlighted on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Landranger Maps. I’ve tried all the electronic gizmos but the well over one hundred O/S Maps are by far my favourite method of planning and recording where I’ve been. Because much of the coast, by its very nature is out of range of reliable modern communication, and dependent on re-charging, I could not rely on the modern aids and kept gadgetry for emergencies.
At the time of writing I am well into circumnavigating Wales – I have reached Bangor on the northern Welsh Coast Path, and as far as St Brides on the southern Wales Coast Path.
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