How My 6.5 Mile Planned Walk Turned Into a 12 Mile Walk on my Ninth Day on the South West Coast Path

SWCP Woolacombe Beach Bench

Dear Readers, The last blog I wrote explained just the start of my first day on the South West Coast Path. I stopped my story just as I was taking my very first steps on my 630-mile journey. I would like to share with you that I am writing a book about my three-month journey, and thus would like to save most of my stories for the book. Therefore, here is part of my ninth day on the SWCP from June 12, 2017, from Woolacombe to Croyde Bay to Saunton Sands and back to Croyde Bay. Today’s walk on the Continue Reading →

3:00 pm on Sunday the 4th of June, 2017 – The Start of My 630-mile South West Coast Path Walk

South West Coast Path Marker

Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Such an inspirational quote. For a few moments, I thought that my journey of 630 miles might have ended with one step… It was my first day of walking. I wasn’t even on the true path yet. I was leaving my first bed-and-breakfast on my way to start walking the actual path, when I slipped. On the wet stone steps. Word of warning: stone steps are slippery after a rain. My foot suddenly slid out from under me. Fortunately I caught myself before falling flat on Continue Reading →

My Travel Guide to the South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path Scenery

They say that with all the cumulative elevation gain, walking the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path in England is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest four times! That’s approximately 115,000 feet elevation gain total! Earlier this year, my husband and I walked 100 of those miles. That’s a cumulative elevation gain of 19,000 feet! Of course without the snow, ice, glaciers, crevasses, altitude, oxygen tanks, climbing ropes, cold, or Sherpas of Mount Everest, summarizing all the blogs I have written about our 19,000 feet of elevation gain, I present “My Travel Guide to the South West Continue Reading →

Three Inspiring Books about Walking the Entire 630-Mile South West Coast Path

a brush with the coast sasha harding

“After ten days of walking I could really feel the impact of what I was doing. Apart from the daily ups and downs of emotions there was an undercurrent of deep happiness. I felt that this was a natural thing for me to be doing: walking all day, every day. In fact, it felt more natural than sitting at an easel, or driving, or shopping or anything. The walk had become my be-all-and-end-all. My fitness was still questionable, and my big toe was still numb, but my mind had never felt clearer.” – Artist and Author Sasha Harding “A Brush Continue Reading →

Kneeling Pillows from the Churches of the South West Coast Path

south west coast path kneeling pillows

One of my favorite kneeling pillows from the churches of the South West Coast Path is embroidered with the great message above. Other favorite keeling pillows reflect the small villages and their churches that you walk through and visit along the 630-mile path in the south west corner of England, like these of Zennor and St. Wynwallow. Some kneeling pillows from the churches of the South West Coast Path represent what the Path is all about… the oceans and seas and water, beaches and waves and sand, cliffs and views and nature, boats and… lighthouses. Sweet Travels! Here is a Continue Reading →