I was asked multiple times as I walked on England’s longest National Trail, “What has been your favorite part?” It was easy to answer. “Every part, because the scenery changes with every mile, and each mile has something unique to offer.” At 630 miles long, with an equivalent elevation gain and loss of climbing Mount Everest four times, with most of it running through National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South West Coast Path traverses the most amazing and brilliant landscape I have ever seen.
I fell in love with the South West Coast Path as I walked every single mile. It inspired me. It intrigued me. It challenged me. I discovered. I learned. I grew. In fact, I fell in love with walking the South West Coast Path so much that it inspired me to write a book about my walking entitled, “The Arrow Closest To The Acorn: An American Woman’s Walking Adventure on England’s 630-Mile South West Coast Path.” I have always wanted to write a book about my travels, and this is it!
As you read my book, you will walk along with me on my day-by-day, mostly solo, adventures as I discover what’s over the next hillside, and what’s around the next headland, on a path that continuously hugs an ever-changing, picturesque coastline. You will travel with me as we visit timeless and historical fishing villages, harbours, and churches. You meet the great people I met, from authors, artists, poets, and actors, to fishermen and geologists, to all the many kind and helpful people I encountered along the way, to the new and great friends I made. You will hike with me on all the ups and downs of walking, literally of the ascents and descents of the many hills, and figuratively of the thoughts and emotions that I experienced.
You will learn some interesting history of smuggling, the coastguard, lighthouses, and the South West Coast Path itself, and about the important industries of fishing, farming, and mining that I grew to appreciate. I introduce you to the varying coastal weather, from some of the hottest days in years, to gale force winds and downpours, and from days with light rain or gentle breezes, to the lovely, warm, sunny, perfect days that I just did not want to end. We sit and relax on beaches, and walk the hilltops where we observe the miles and miles of views behind and ahead – of where I had walked from, and where I was walking to.
I have a few of my “record-breaking” occurrences, and my encounters with herds of cows, mountain goats, horses and sheep, and even golf courses, that I share with you in my book. I search for my ultimate location for a beach hut, and indulge in a few cream teas, other desserts and English food. I talk about influential books, important organizations, music, paintings, and connections with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk that I did in Spain. We walk along a coastline where the blues of the waters outline the browns, reds, and whites of the cliffs, and where sandy and rocky beaches outline the greens of the hillsides, headlands, and farmland. We hear crashing ocean waves, chirping birds, and complete silence. I describe the times I participated in local life with local people. I reveal some words of wisdom I obtained from others, and some I thought of myself.
Each day/chapter of my book begins with a relevant quote, and ends with daily statistics, including mileage, hours, and even the names of local pubs. I explain my trip planning, some logistical and essential information, and I include over 180 black and white photos to accompany my stories throughout the book. Find out the significance of the title of my book, read about the life lessons I learned, and discover how I fell in love with each and every one of the 630 unique miles. Please join me (and my “purple shoes”) as we celebrate my 50th birthday on an American woman’s walking adventure on England’s 630-mile South West Coast Path.
My book is available on multiple Amazon channels in paperback and eBook formats. Just search for the title, “The Arrow Closest To the Acorn,” or click on the covers of my book below for various links depending on your country. (If you don’t see your country below, search for the title.)
Enjoy life at a walking pace!
Thank you very much!
And as I always say at the end of all my blogs, Sweet Travels!