The South West Coast Path – A Summary.

I tell you what is harder and more daunting than actually walking the 1000km South West Coast Path, it is the writing of the summary post on your on-line travel blog / diary…

It’s taken me all of October, November and December to pluck up the enthusiasm to grab all the map images below!

It’s only the Completer-Finisher in me that made me do it today, a snowy cold day when I was supposed to be walking a section of the Calderdale Way (local, within my Covid lockdown Tier…) but I got up late, missed my bus to Ripponden, and had a sausage sandwich before setting to, and making myself do it…

I’m back in work (an actual job!) come Monday and suspect that means a return to the normal lengthy (sometime years at a time!) hiatus between posts as a result of returning to the IT grindstone!

So – as normal this is just the day by day route from the Garmin watch, with a few photos alongside. I’m not going to write about the best bits here, suffice to say it is an amazing walk. That said – I did write a short piece for the South West Coast Path Association Completer’s Blog here though.

Also included just below – is a stat dump / day summary based on my slightly A about F route planning impacted mainly by Covid meaning I did it in 2 parts Poole to Plymouth, then Minehead to Plymouth.

The route is at times out of sequence geographically, as I moved things around to suit me as I walked. There was rarely a really good reason for this looking back, but at the time I’m sure it made sense.

Probably I cut some days short if I was finding it tough and ran other days long if I was enjoying it. Maybe a bus time was more convenient in one direction or the other, where I worked out I could do a section sans-pack with a bit of jiggling about. Couple of times I probably got up later than I wanted to having had a few pints the night before to keep me warm in my tent….

Altogether though, I’m confident I walked every inch! The SWCP is 1014km, and I walked in total (the distance on the watch doesn’t lie!) which will include the wander to / from my campsite / hotel etc about 1124km and apparently it took me c337 hours. I tend to leave the watch running, and don’t use ‘auto-stop’ when it senses you are stood still. So that 337 includes all the time at the top of a cove breathing heavily, ‘admiring the view’ or time lost rooting around in my pack for ’emergency sugar’.

Anyroad – a fantastic experience. If you get a chance walk some of it, or all of it but walk it.

(note the below are just screenshots – you can’t interact with them…)

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The last couple of KM’s to my finish!

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