South West Coast Path
About Ben's South West Coast Path Walk:
June 18th will see Ben begin an attempt to hike The South West Coast Path. Running 630 miles from Minehead to South Haven Point, this is Britain's longest National Trail. The path follows arguably the most spectacular stretch of coastline in the country, formerly home to Britain's tin miners, pirates and smugglers. Check here for updates on Ben's progress as he labours his way round the coast, weighed down by too many cornish pasties, too much clotted cream, and distracted from his quest by every bronzed, bikini-clad siren the South West has to offer.
South West Coast Path Text Message Center:
- 18:56 18th June
10 miles in and stopped for a pint at Porlock Weir. Weather is fine and walking even finer. Now I just need to find somewhere to camp....
- 21:48 18th June
Camped up safely, if probably not where I ought to be. Think I got 16 miles done since my 15.30 start. Lots of climbing and lots to see. Back held up fine too.
- 15.06 19th June
Lunch at Coombe Martin after a tough 19 miles.Big greasy fry-up may be a tactical error. Rain has finally started and I`m sleepy and sunburned. All good though!
21.19 19th June
30 Miles and stealth camped near Morte Point. Lunch sat poorly and I threw up in my mouth a little on the hills. Crazy climbing all day- much more AT than PCT. Weather has perked up at least- hope it lasts for Woolacombe beach tomorrow. Think I`m gonna be sore in the morning...
- 21.39 20th June
Worst days hiking I`ve had in a long time. 34 miles - almost all along a railroad bed. No views, miserable rain, howling wind. Easy going, but tarmac murder on knees and feet. Had to get a B&B as NO camping to be seen all day. Path flanked by ditches, roads, rivers, and military bases. Many skip this section....very wise.