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Coastal Walkers (or how they walked the coast of Britain)

Back in 2002, a few months before I started my own walk, I created a list of previous coastal walkers that I could contact for advice. Since then, people have kindly told me about others who have completed the walk, or who are attempting it.

I have tried to keep this page as up-to-date as possible, but some may be slipping through the net. Please tell me if you know of a walker who is not on the list. Peter Mears, anticlockwise, started north Scotland. Doign Ireland as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1904845906449611/about/ Chris Lewis https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45360873 Set out from Llangenith Beach, Swansea, 01/08/2018. ALso walked the coast of Northern Ireland. Currently in Argyll and Bute Natalia Spencer https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35572933 Set out from Durdle Door in Dorset, walking clockwise February 2016

Current Walkers

  • On the 20th April 2016 Aaron Casey started walking the coast from Whitstable to raise money for the charity, 'Once, we were Soldiers'. He is carrying a tent and roughing it. So far he has reached Whitstable.
  • On the 1st February 2016 Wayne Dixon and his dog set off from Knottend in Lancashire to walk the coastline, collecting litter as they go. He is walking in memory of his father and is raising money for MIND and the Norhern Inuit society. He is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wayne.dixon.7543.
  • A gentleman is walking the coastline of England in sections, using Hadrian's Wall and Offa's Dyke to cut off Wales and Scotland. He has a blog at https://rdmaccord.wordpress.com/. He has walked over 2,000 miles so far, with another 1,000 to fo.
  • Nicholas Creagh-Osborne started walking the coast in 2013, and has so far walked over 3,000 miles of the coast. He has a website at https://manwalkstheworld.com/.
  • Billy Dockery and his wife Joanna are walking the coast of Britain in sections. So far they have walked from Montrose down to Yorkshire. They are keeping a website at http://scottishvagabond.weebly.com/.
  • Chris Elliott started walking the coast from Rye in 2009, walking for a few weeks each year. As of the end of 2015 he had walked 2,500 miles,with 240,000 feet of ascent. He has two books out on his walk so far, under the title of 'Recollections of a Coastal Walker' - see Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Patricia started walking the coast from Norfolk in 2011, and has got as far as Cornwall. She plans to walk the coast of England and Wales, and will decide on whether to walk Scotland later. She has a blog at https://joiningthedotsblogdotcom.wordpress.com/.
  • Judy and Rod have been walking the coastline of England and Wales for many years, having gone form Sheerness clockwise to the Scottish border. In 2007 they published a book about their walk so far: 'South Coast Saunter: Part One - Aspirations' by Vanguard Press ISBN 9781843862864
  • Elise Downing is currently running 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain. She set off from London Bridge on November 1st and is currently in Lochgilphead. Needless to say, this will be a major achievement. She has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/elisecdowning/?fref=nf, and you can donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=runthecoast.
  • A lady named Melita is currently walking the coast in sections. She set off from London Bridge in January 2013 and has walked the south coast as far as Mousehole in Cornwall, and the east coast as far as Hedon. She has a blog at http://mgctblog.com/
  • Jimmy Hudson is currently walking the coastline of Scotland in sections; he started from Brewick-on-Tweed on the 3rd August 2011, and he is currently on the Kintyre peninsula. He has a blog at http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/jimmyhudson/1/tpod.html
  • Rosemary Fretwell and another person are walking the coast in sections. They set off from Bognor in 1998 and are currently on the west coast of England, although their walk is currently postponed due to knee surgery. Their blog is at http://leftatbognor.blogspot.co.uk/
  • On the 1st May 2015 Steve Cook set off from East Grinstead, walking down to the coast at Brighton to start his anti-clockwise walk around the coast. So far he has reached North Queensferry in Scotland. He has a blog at http://www.walkthekingdom.co.uk/the-walk-in-detail/, and is walking in aid of the Drug Free Kids program.
  • A group of men are walking Scotland's coast in sections: details of their endeavour can be seen at walkingscotlandscoast.com. They have currently reached Ayr.
  • On the 30th of May 2014 Richard Long set off from Lands End on a trip clockwise around the UK. He is raising money for Combat Stress and Help for Heroes and to raise awareness of PTSD. He will complete the journey as unsupported as possible (bar medical emergencies or replacement of equipment) and intends to sleep under canvas every night. He has reached Skye.

    He is raising money for two charities: Help for Heroes and Combat Stress.

    He has a now-obligatory Facebook page, and also a blog. He is also on Twitter at @walking11000.

  • On the 3rd August 2014 Alexander Ellis-Roswell left Minnis Bay in Kent and started walking clockwise around the coast, raising money for the RNLI. Whilst in westerb Scotland, he decided to add Ireland to his walk, being only the second continuous walker to do so. He is currently in western Ireland.

    He can be followed on Facebook, twitter, and he has a fundraising page.

    He is expecting to take around two years to walk 6,500 miles. The best of luck to him.

  • A gent going by the moniker 'Helpful Mammal' is walking clockwise around the coast in sections. He set off from Gravesend on the 3rd September 2010, and has reached western Scotland.
  • Eddie Craven has restarted his walk, having stalled his previous attempt due to a back injury. He started his attempt from Exeter on the 26th August 2013. He is raising money for Veterans Aid, and is raising awareness of PTSD.

    He has a Just Giving page, and can be followed on Facebook.

    Good luck to him.

  • In 2012 Jez Nemeth started walking the entire coast of Britain, which he estimates will take five years. Unusually (and rather spectacularly) he is filming the entire coast path and recording people's connections to the coast as he goes.

    He has a brilliant website detailing his exploits at www.coast-line.co.uk, whilst an example film can be found at www.coast-line.co.uk/2012/12/04/film-41/

    His site also includes a list of people walking the Welsh Coast Path, which includes many names not shown below.

  • Chris McCullough Young started walking the cast on the 6th April 2011 and is walking anti-clockwise. He has reached North Wales. He has sadly caught Lyme's Disease during his walk, but is continuing.

    He can be followed on his blog at walkamileinmyshoesuk.wordpress.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/walkamileinmyshoes

    He is collecting money for MIND: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/walkamileuk

  • On 26th January 2013, Craig Adams set off from Saltburn on a 6,500-7,000 miles clockwise walk around the coast. Already he's had to deal with deep snow and a minor injury. He is trying to do the trip on very little money; he is taking a ukulele for busking, and would appreciate any offers of accommodation from folk living on the coast. He is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    You can follow his progress on his Wordpress site or on Facebook. Good luck to him!

  • Jon Coombe is walking much of the English coast in sections, including some long hikes. He has a website at http://britishcoast.wordpress.com/.
  • Ruth Livingstone is walking around the coast in sections, having reached Anglesey from her start in Kings Lynn. She is writing an interesting blog (http://ruthl.wordpress.com/) about her walk. She says; "I am going to do it in stages. I will take my time. And I am going to enjoy it." Good on her!
  • Nic Maunder and family, including ten-year old twins, set off from Foulness in 2011 and are walking the coastline clockwise in sections, and have now reached Weymouth. A true family adventure! They maintain a blog called thecoastalpath, which includes some wonderful photographs of our coastline.
  • Martyn West is currently walking around the coast of Britain in stages, and is currently in Fife. He has an entertaining blog at walkaroundbritainscoast.blogspot.co.uk.
  • Les Steel is currently walking around the coastline of Scotland in sections. He has completed between Edinburgh and John O'Groats, and much of the southern and western coasts. He walks in a join-the-dots fashion, the sections not necessarily in order as he has to rely on trains and buses to get him to and from his walks. This makes his walk much more complex and admirable. His plan was to complete the task by September 2013.
  • Pat started a sectional coastal walk in 2010. Read his blog at patsukcoastwalk.co.uk. Sadly, it looks as though his website is currently down.
  • John Merrill often has other walkers mentioned on his website.

Other News

Sectional walker Ted Richards has created a blog detailing his walk around the coast, which lasted from 1984 to 2004 - see http://walesenglandcoastalwalk.blogspot.com/. Hopefully he will continue updating this blog with the data of his walk.

Alaric Dynevor set off from Brighton on January 3rd 2009. See http://www.myspace.com/brutymax. Unfortunately it looks as though he might have had to stop after 1,300 miles because of lack of funding. Details can be found at thisistotalessex.

If you know of any other coastal walkers, then please contact me.

Gilbert Campbell has created a website about the Scottish National Coastal Path - see www.nationalcoastalpath.co.uk.


This is an attempt at creating a list of everyone who has walked, or is walking, the coastline of Britain. It is far from complete currently, and is very much work in progress. I am not 100% sure of the accuracy of the data, either, but over time it is becoming more accurate as multiple source become available. If you have done the walk and wish to be added, then feel free to mail me.

Name Mileage Dates Direction Resources / Notes
John Merrill 6,824 03-01-1978 to 08-11-1978 Clockwise The man who led the way. He is apparently considering doing it again, taking in the islands and Ireland as well. An inspiration.
Vera Andrews 3,524 31-03-1984 to 08-11-1984 Antoclockwise Started from Clacton, and got an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous walk by a woman. She wrote a book about her exploits: 'I've seen Granny Vera', ISBN 0-951070-90-8
Vivienne Ibbott Unknown 01-03-1986 to ??-??-1987 Clockwise Started in Southampton
Helen Krasner 4,922 01-03-1986 to 31-01-1987 Clockwise Helen started in Brighton. She wrote a book about her exploits: 'Midges,Maps and Muesli: Account of a 5,000 Mile Walk Round the Coast of Britain', ISBN 0953380106 . There is also a Kindle version available, see below.
Ron Bullen 7,047 01-04-1986 to 07-02-1987 (313 days) Anti-clockwise Thanks to a contributor, I now know a little more about Ron's walk. He is a British and world endurance walk record holder as the first and only walker to achieve distinction on foot by visiting every lifeboat station (RNLI) in the united kingdom a total distance of 7047 miles in 313 days. Guinness book of records certificate 1987 book 1990. He also carried his tent with him and stayed in it at night and in total he averaged 23 miles a day.
Paul Dyer Unknown 14-09-1986 to ??-??-1987 Clockwise Started from John O'Groats
John Westley 9,469 (including Ireland) 05-08-1990 to 20-09-1991 Clockwise 'And the road below...', ISBN 1-869922-25-5
Bob Croucher 2,409 (England only) 20-04-1991 to 14-09-1991 Clockwise 'A walk around England'
Spud Talbot-Ponsonby 4,546.7 01-08-1993 to 01-06-1994 Anti-clockwise 'Two feet, four paws', ISBN 1-84024-150-0
Jesse Unknown early 1994 to mid 1995 Clockwise Wrote a book: 'friendship spirit and freedom-jesse' Not only did he walk the coastline, he took in offa's dyke, south-north, north-south, then carried on with his walk, then he did the coast to coast e-w w-e, again continuing his walk. he now holds the world record for continuous walk.
Richard Hunt 4,298 01-01-1995 to 29-10-1995 Clockwise 'The sea on our left', ISBN 1-84024-105-5
Shally Hunt 4,298 01-01-1995 to 29-10-1995 Clockwise 'The sea on our left', ISBN 1-84024-105-5
Geraldine Pettitt 5,000 06-03-1995 to 26-10-1995 Anti-clockwise Walked to raise money for the PDSA.
Robert Steel 4,444 06-03-1995 Clockwise Was 75 when he walked it, to celebrate the centenary of the National Trust. Started from London Bridge.
Graham F Jones 2,035 (England only) 5 months to 12-09-1997 Anti-clockwise 'Walking the Edge', ISBN 1-897913-62-1
Paul Harvey Complete 23-06-1996 to --- ??-??-1997 Anti-clockwise Started in Boston. He has had a very eventful walk. See a comment at the BBC website for more detail.
James Edmonds Complete ??-??-1997 to --- ??-??-1998 (9 months) Anti-clockwise Started in either Spalding or Boston He was 28 when he walked it. See a comment at the BBC website for more detail.
Alfie Unknown Unknown Unknown I know very little - he is from Folkestone / Hythe, did it in the late nineties and walked for a children's hospice. The 'Kent Messenger' newspaper may have more details.
Peter Griffiths 7,000 01-09-1997 to 07-02-1999 Anti-clockwise Peter set of from Aberystwyth and carried everything he needed for overnight survival including a one man tent. He camped over 170 nights during the walk - staying at friends, B&B's, hostels and bothies for the rest. After completing the walk he staged a photograph exhibition entitled "Footsteps on the Edge of Britain" that was exhibited at eight gallery venues around the coast. See the BBC website for more information. Sadly Peter died of cancer in 2008 - I can only hope that the BBC keep up these webpages as a tribute to his amazing achievement.
Douglas Charles Legg 5,000 01-08-1998 to 31-12-1999 Anti-clockwise 'No Fixed Abode: A Long Walk to the Dome', ISBN 0-9542051. Details of the bok can be found at http://www.rh6.biz/Colby_Press/A_Long_Walk_to_the_Dome.html. Douglas has also walked the coast of Ireland anti-clockwise, and is writing a book about those experiences.
Alison King 5,200 01-01-2000 to 19-11-2001 Clockwise http://www.alison-and-martyn.org.uk/
Martyn King 5,200 01-01-2000 to 19-11-2001 Clockwise http://www.alison-and-martyn.org.uk/
Tom Isaacs 4,500? 11-04-2002 to 11-04-2003 Anti-clockwise www.coastin.co.uk/. Tom has written a book about his walk, Shake Well Before Use
Graham Harbord 4,500? 25-09-2002 to 10-10-2003 Anti-clockwise www.carols-smile.org.uk/
David Cotton 6,266.5 01-10-2002 to 27-09-2003 Clockwise www.coastwalk.co.uk/
Louis Unknown 21-07-2004 to 11-07-2005 Clockwise Louis set off from near Whitby on Wednesday 21st July 2004, and headed clockwise along the coast. He camped for most of the way around, relying on B&B's only when it is most necessary. He did the walk during a gap year before going to university, and he was by far the youngest coastal walker that I am aware of. Louis has a website at http://www.louiswalkingtheuk.tk/ or see some photographs that I took.
Gary Lamb 4,500 01-04-2005 to 12-02-2006 Clockwise Gary did the walk as a 'Prayer walk', setting off from Hythe when he was 26, completing 15 miles a day. See a page on his prayer walk for more information. He has written a book about his walk, "Legs of Lamb".
Greg Whitehead ??? ??-06-2006 to ??-??-???? Anti-clockwise Greg set off from Great Yarmouth in June 2006 and walked anti-clockwise, carrying full kit. This was mentioned in the July 2007 'Country Walking' magazine, but I have failed to find any further information elsewhere. If anyone can provide me with further information, please contact me.
Jannina Tredwell 4,500 01-01-2006 to 25-11-2006 Anti-clockwise See http://www.janninatredwell.com/wtw2006/index.html, Jannina set off from Lyme Regis with her two dogs, Jago and Tressa. She raised 33,000 money for specific projects run by four charities :- The Woodland Trust, the RNLI, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Topsy Foundation. She wrote a book about her walk: A bit far for you dear. Whilst not technically within the remit of this blog, Jannina Tredwell she did a 3,500 mile walk around the coast of Ireland starting in February 2013, raising money for the Tusk charity. She has a website at her Wordpress site.
Wendy Bathard and Paul Barber 5,000+ 13-11-2006 to approx 13-11-2007 Clockwise Wendy Bathard and Paul Barber walked 5,000+ miles for charity, raising over 45,000 for both Guide Dogs and the RNLI. They set off from John O'Groats on 13-11-2006, and completed in November 2007. please see http://www.tvh3.com/coastalwalk.htm for more details, along with the Terra=Nova website
Seb Green 3,500 01-02-2008 to 14-12-2008 Anti-clockwise 18-year old Seb Green set off in January 2008 from Weymouth, camping out along with his dog, Flash. His website can be found at: www.sebsodyssey.org.uk. He raised over 27,000 pounds for charity. For more information on the completion of his walk, see this BBC News broadcast.
Ges Laker 5,715 31-01-2009 to 13-02-2010 Anti-clockwise Ges Laker walked the coast with his two dogs, Sumo and Pheobe. He set off from Warsash near Portsmouth in 2009. He raised money for St Dunstans Charity who support blind ex-servicemen and women to become self-sufficient, regain their optimism and make the most of opportunities. For more information, see his website at http://www.lakerscoastline.org/index.php
David Edwards 5,020 14-03-2010 to 31-07-2010 Clockwise David, 27, left Cardiff Basin on 14th March 2010. More details can be found on the Facebook page "Mr Duke walks the coast of Britain for Bowel Cancer Wales". He appeared to have managed 250 miles a week - to give you an idea, on my stroll I managed 126 miles a week on average! He walked the north coast of the Isle of Wight from Ryde to Yarmouth instead of the Portsmouth - Southampton area.
Nathaniel Severs Around 7,000 10/01/2010 to 10/11/2010 Clockwise Nathaniel Severs, 24, set off from Portsmouth on January 10th 2010, walking clockwise. He arrived back on Novemnber 10th, an amazing time for such a long walk. See the Live for the Outdoors and his own Wordpress websites for more information. He is camping out for much of the time.
Amy Leigh 6000+ 01/02/2010 Clockwise Amy Leigh set off from Guy's Hospital in London on February 1st 2010, walking clockwise. She was walking to raise money for Kindey Research UK. She had a website at Facebook page. She hoped to walk 6,824 miles in eight months - a great achievement. Live for the Outdoors has an article about her walk.
Joe Boy Robertson 5,000? 18/03/2012 to 22/11/2012 Clockwise Joe Robertson, 23, set off from Southend in March 2012 to raise money for Cancer Research, and completed his walk on November 22nd, walking anti-clockwise. He has a page on JustGiving, and the usual Facebook page. There is also an article on This is Kent before he set off. A very fast (and from a look at his photos) enjoyable achievement.
Dr Geebers 6,800? 2009 to the end of 2012 Clockwise A man naming himself 'Dr Geebers' walked 6,800 miles around the entire coast between 2009 and the end of 2011, creating sculptures on the way. He started in Brighton and walked clockwise. There is a Daily Mail article on his walk, and he has a website outlining his art.
Alan Dix (Wales only) 1,000? 04/2013 to 07/2013 Anti-clockwise Alan Dix walked the new Welsh Coastal Path, making it into a circuit using Offa's Dyke path. His main blog for the walk can be found at http://alandix.com/alanwalkswales/.
John Rayment 6,000? 01/08/2012 to 30/11/2013 Clockwise John Rayment set off from Tilbury on the 1st August 2012. He raised money for three Parkinson's charities, and has a Facebook page with many photos of his walk, a charity page, and a Twitter account. Rather sensibly decided to take the winter off, and restarted from Glandyfi in March 2013.
Christian Nock 7,000? 08/08/2012 to 17/03/2014 Anti-clockwise Christian walked the coast over nineteen months, sleeping out each night. He did several of the off-coast islands, including Skye, but missed out on the Knoydart area. Sleeping rough for well over 500 nights is an amazing feat. He has a website at Christian Around Britain, and is on Facebook. His Twitter account is @ChristianNock1.
David Higgins 5,630 30/03/2013 to 12/07/2014 Anti-clockwise David Higgins set off from Withernsea on March 30th 2013, walking anti-clockwise, and has sped around the coast as far as Lizard Point. He is raising money for Parkinson's UK. He kept a blog at www.coastingroundbritain.co.uk. He is collecting money for Parkinson's UK.: www.justgiving.com/coastingroundbritain/
Peter Hill 5,045 19/02/2014 to 06/12/2014 Clockwise On the 19th of February 2014, Peter Hill set off from Southampton, walking clockwise. He had a website at http://gbcoastwalk.com/, and a Flick account.
Adam Short 6,600 01/03/2014 to 26/07/2015 Anti-clockwise Adam Short set off from Southampton in 2014, and did what must be a first: not only did he wild camp whilst walking the coast, but he also used a pack raft to cross rivers. He had a website at http://uk-coastal-trek.com/aboutadam.aspx, and a Facebook page


Sectional Walkers

This tables outlines people who have done (or are doing) the walk sectionally, i.e. not in one go.
Name Mileage Dates Direction Resources / Notes
Iain Gilbert 5,500 1993 to 2001 Clockwise Started at Skegness; he lives in Nottinghamshire.
Jane and Jenna Morgan In progress 1998 to --- Anti-clockwise Started at Sandbanks, and have currently got as far as Peacehaven, and have named their walk 'A Gentle Stroll around the Coast of Britain'.
Susan Long In progress 08-1999 to --- Clockwise Started in Cley-next-the-Sea (North Norfolk, has walked as far as Lymington (800 miles).
Adam Doble 2,450 28-04-1997 to 28-07-2004 Clockwise Adam did England only in 125 days walking; he cut across Wales using Offa's Dyke, and from Gretna to Berwick. One of his next plans is to walk the Welsh coastline.
Spencer Lane Completed --- to 1996 ??? Sectional walker, he started the walk in the 1970's. He was the customer service manager at City University.
Ted Richards 3,583 02-07-1985 to 12-05-2004 Clockwise Ted has now completed his walk around England and Wales; he did not take ferries and walked around any island connected by bridges to the mainland. He has a retrospective blog at http://walesenglandcoastalwalk.blogspot.com/.
Paul Bennett In progress 02-1999 Anticlockwise Paul starts at St Dogmaels, and is walking England and Wales, although he may extend it by doing Scotland at a later date. He has completed 1,183 miles so far. For more information, see his website at http://pab.angellane.org/coastwalk.html.
Leon, Dick and Chris In progress 25-08-2005 Anticlockwise These Cobblers (Coast of Britain'ers) set off from Land's End, and are now as far as Torquay, a distance of 236 miles. They have a nice rule; each walk must start and end with a pint in the same pub! Their website is at www.cowp.co.uk/photos.
Tom Whittaker In progress ??? ??? Tom is walking in sections around England, See his website at http://t.e.whittaker.googlepages.com/home
David Oldman 5,700 ??? to 2008 ??? David started in 1996, and has now completed his walk. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidonsea/, and London Informer for details.
Mike Rice and Christine Parker In progress ??? to ??? ??? MIke and Christine are walking in sections; they started off by doing the South West Coast Path, and have extended it in either direction. So far they have completed Burnham/Highbridge to Dymchurch.
John Gale In progress 21/02/2006 to ??? Anticlockwise John is doing a sectional walk around the coast. He set off from London, and so far he has been walking for four years. See his excellent blog for details.
Andrew Goodall and wife In progress 15/07/2007 to ??? Clockwise Andrew and his wife are walking the coast in sections. They started from Dover.
Gilbert Campbell (Scotland only) Completed ??? to ??? Anticlockwise Gilbert wrote an entertaining blog about his sectional walk around the Scottish coast - see www.scottishcoastalwalk.co.uk. He has also set up a website that has google maps of his walks - see www.nationalcoastalpath.co.uk.
Eve Richards In progress ??/??/2007 to ??? Clockwise Eve set off from Dover and has reached Barnstaple. She walks 8-9 days at a time.
Sue Gisborne and Mary Diffell In progress ??/10/2007 to ??? Clockwise This duo set off from Emsworth and are doing the coast in sections; so far they have reached Sterte in Devon, Woolacombe to Morwenstow, Aust to Weston Super Mare and Cromer to Hunstanton. A great way of doing the walk.
Philip Williams Completed 20/02/2010 to 07/09/2013 Clockwise Philip Williams is currently walking around the coast, his walk being called '"Characters On The Coastline"'. He set off from Brighton on the 20th February 2010, and is walking clockwise. You can get more details from his website at www.philipwilliams.uk.com; he finished on the 7th September 2013.

A dishonourable mention has to be made of Matthew Brown, who was jailed for 16 months in 2011 for fraud whilst pretending to raise money for Help for Heroes. I suppose there has to be one bad egg amongst all the coastal walkers.


Around Britain Walkers Association

In his book, Douglas Legg states that he would like there to be a association for people who have walked the coast, called the 'Around Britain Walkers Association'. This was something that I was thinking of before I started the walk, and it is becoming increasingly appealing. I am not quite at the stage where I am ready to form such an association, but if anyone thinks that it is a good idea, then email me at discjirm@hotmail.com.


The best bits

You cannot afford time off to walk the entire coast? Why not try some of the bite-sized chunks that I liked best. I have only walked most of these once, and impressions are mostly based on weather and your mood, but these, for me, are the places that are ultra-memorable:

  • Blairmore to Durness, via Sandwood Bay and Cape Wrath, 41.4 miles. A superb and memorable walk around the northwestern tip of the mainland. Scottish coastal walking at it's best, and the most atmospheric bothy that I have ever stayed in. See walks 522, 523 and 524.
  • Abbereiddy to Strumble Head, 16.1 miles. Superb scenery and views, with an outstanding sunset behind Strumble Head lighthouse. Pembrokeshire at its best. See walk 390.
  • Worth Matravers to Lulworth Cove, 14.3 miles. A hard walk through the military firing range at Lulworth, and past the deserted village of Tyneham. See walk 315.
  • Gorleston-on-Sea to Southwold, 18.8 miles. Lovely and understaed coastal scenery, through Lowestoft and past the easternmost point on the mainland to Southwold, a superb little town with its own fine brewery. See walk 259.
  • Tudweiliog to Clynnog Fawr, 20.2 miles. Some of the best scenery that the Lleyn peninsular has to offer, plus some stiff climbs. All in an area of Wales that is relatively unvisited by tourists. See walk 403.


WWW resources

An interview with Amy Leigh on livefortheoutdoors.com. There is also a second interview with her after the walk on the same website.

An interview with Peter Griffiths on the BBC News website.

On April 11th 2002 Tom Isaacs set off on a 4,500 walk around the coast of the UK. Tom suffers from Parkinson's disease, and is raising money for the Parkinson's Disease Society. This is a massive acheivement for anyone, yet alone someone suffering from Parkinson's disease. If you can afford to, please donate to this well-worthwhile cause. He completed his walk in mid-April, and topped it off by running the London Marathon two days later!

Imagine my surprise when I was walking towards Brighton one day and I met a gentleman who was walking the coastline in the opposite direction whom I had not heard of. Graham Harbord completed his 4,500 walk around the coastline of Britain on the 10th October 2003, and I was honoured to be there on what turned out to be a sadly tragic day. Graham was raising money for a charity, Carol's Smile, that he set up in memory of his wife who died of cancer.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency also raised money for the Jubilee Sailing Trust (sailing for the physically disabled) by walking around the coastline of Britain. About 275 teams of volunteer coastguards walked in a relay around the coast during 2002 / 2003.

Becky Drew writes a brilliant blog about a walk around Islay's coastline - something I have yet to do, but is on my (admittedly very long) list.


Further reading

A series of books have been written about coastal walks, and the coast in general. Click on a link to go to the Amazon page for the book.

Title Author ISBN Details
Turn Right at Land's End John N. Merrill 0-907496-74-1 This is an excellent book by the first person to walk around the coastline of the UK. Truly a pioneer of this walk, he suffered a dtress-fracture in his foot about halfway through!
Legs of Lamb Gary Lamb 1-905991-23-1 I have yet to read this book, but Gary's walk blog, which it was based on, was entertaining. A very spiritual walk.
I've Seen Granny Vera Vera Andrews 0-951070-90-8 Granny Vera holds the longest walk in Britain by a woman world record, an amazoing achievement. As well as walking around 3,000 mile around the coast she also visited all the British Gas showrooms in Britain on the way! Unfortunately I have yet to obtain a copy of this book.
Two feet, four paws Spud Talbot-Ponsonby 1-84024-150-0 This truly excellent and well-written book is about a young woman who walked the coastline in 1994 with her dog. A truly inspirational read, and one of my favourite walking books.
The sea on our left Shally Hunt 1-84024-105-5 This is a superb book about a middle-aged couple who walked the coastline in 1995.
Midges,Maps and Muesli Helen Krasner 0-953380-10-6 A lovely book about Helen's 5,000 mile walk around the coast - the title sums up her experiences rather neatly. An admirable walk by an admirable lady. There is also a Kindle version available.
Walking the Edge Graham F Jones 1-897913-62-1 This nice book details a 2,000 mile walk around the coastline of England from Gloucester to Berwick.
Coastwalk Andrew McCloy 0-340-65740-5 Details routes around the coastline of England and Wales and is an indispensable guide to people planning the walk. And it is small enough to fit in a rucksack during the walk!
The AA Book of the seaside AA N/A A mile-by-mile guide to Britain's coastline. Although published in 1972, this book, which was given to me by a relative, has proved invaluable on the walk. It is full of little nuggets of information that make the walk much more enjoyable.
A walk around England Bob Croucher 0-902-83038-4 Unfortunately I have yet to find a copy of this book.
And the road below John Westley 1-869922-25-5 Published by Meridian Books. This exhaustive book gives the details of John's amazing stroll around Britain and Ireland - an stupendous distance of nearly 10,000 miles. A very detailed diary of the walk and the people that he met on the way.
No fixed abode Douglas Legg 0-9542051-0-3 Published by Colby Press. Douglas seems like an amazing character from this book, which he tackles in a fairly unique manner.
Britain's coastlines from the air Jane Struthers 0-0918083-3-2 Published by Ebury Press. Although not strictly a book on walking, I got given this book after my walk and the superb images of the coastline bring evocative memories back to me whenever I see them. Definitely a book to be read after the walk!
A Bit Far for You Dear Jannina Tredwell This book is an account of Jannina's walk around the coast in 2006.
TGO article, November 2000 Andrew McCloy N/A A very interesting article on walking the coast.

If you know of any other people who have done the walk or resources that may be of use to people walking around the coast, then please mail me with them. I am thankful to Gareth Barker for some of this information.


General Links

  • My main walks website can be found at www.britishwalks.org. This has details of all the previous walks that I have done since the beginning of 1999.

This page's subtitle, 'How they walked the coast of Britain', comes as a suggestion from Christian Nock on Facebook. Since it now has virtually nothing to do with my own walk, I am happy to retitle it.

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