Week 15 roundup – Lulworth to Sidmouth

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th January 2019

Lulworth to Weymouth 12.17
Weymouth to Langton Herring 12.20
Langton Herring to Burton Bradstock 11.23
Burton Bradstock to Charmouth 10.20
Charmouth to Seaton 11.26
Seaton to Sidmouth 11.29

Total miles this week 68.35

Total miles to date 641.27

Lulworth Cove




Weymouth, looking towards Portland


Stepping stone stile. Langton Herring to Burton Bradstock


Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of Britain


Early morning at Charmouth


Lyme Regis



Week 14 roundup – Wareham to Lulworth

Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 8th January 2019

Wareham to Studland  12.04 miles
Studland to Swanage  6.02 miles
Swanage to Worth Matravers 9.53
Worth Matravers to Kimmeridge 5.68
Kimmeridge to Lulworth 8.42

Total miles 40.69

Following the Purbeck Way along the River Frome


River Frome near Wareham


Old Harry Rock, Studland




Swanage to Worth Matravers


Kimmeridge to Lulworth


Weeks 11 and 12 – Christmas break 2018

Week 11 – Wednesday 12th to Tuesday 18th December 2018

Week 12 – Wednesday 19th to Tuesday 25th December 2018

Although I was hoping to keep walking until I reached Weymouth on Christmas Eve, I suddenly felt drained and low after 10 weeks of non-stop travelling, so I went to family to rest until after the New Year. I was feeling too mentally worn out to plough on and needed to recharge my batteries; my rest days had been physical rest days (although I’ve found it’s easy to clock up a few miles just running errands!) but I had not switched off properly for even 1 day since I started. This journey takes a lot of organising, with route planning and finding accommodation, and I’m finding it’s often more of a strain mentally than physically.

Week 10 round up – East Cowes, Isle of Wight to Poole, Dorset

Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th December

East Cowes to Shalfleet 10.25 miles
Shalfleet to Lymington 8.18 miles
Lymington to Barton on Sea 13.65
Barton on Sea to Hengistbury Head 6.34
Hengistbury Head to Poole 13.85

Total miles  52.27

Coastal path at Newtown Harbour


Flooded Coastal path at Newtown Harbour


Bouldnor. Approaching Yarmouth.




Barton on Sea to Mudeford
Poole Harbour Trail
Poole Harbour Trail

Week 9 roundup – Compton Chine to East Cowes

Wednesday 28th November to Tuesday 4th December 2018

Compton Bay to Blackgang  11.58 miles
Blackgang to Shanklin  11.09 miles
Shanklin to St Helens 10.5 miles
St Helens to East Cowes 13.86 miles

Total mileage 47.03


Bike rack at Whale Chine


Ammonite bench at Chale


Shanklin to Sandown


Many Sandown beach huts have punny hut-based names


Sandown pier




The Tamar lifeboat at Bembridge RNLI




Appley Tower, a coastal folly, Ryde





Week 8 round up – Hamble to Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Wednesday 21st to Tuesday 27th November 2018

Hamble to Town Quay, Southampton 7.59 miles (plus 1.5 miles to my accommodation)
Town Quay, Southampton to Calshot RNLI station (via So’ton to Hythe ferry) 9.36 miles (plus 1.5 miles from my accommodation)
Calshot RNLI to Beaulieu 11.11 miles
Beaulieu to Lymington 11.00 miles
Yarmouth ferry to Compton Chine 12.04 miles

Total miles 54.1


Hamble Common


Weston shore


Calshot spit


The Watch House, Lepe. Once used as a look out post to combat smuggling, now a private residence




Solent Way, Beaulieu


The boardwalk, running alongside the Beaulieu River


Coastal path, Norton, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight


Coastal erosion between Yarmouth and Compton Chine IOW


Yarmouth to Compton Chine


Yarmouth to Compton Chine

Week 7 roundup – Prinsted, Chichester to Hamble

Wednesday 14th to Tuesday 20th November 2018

Prinsted to Langstone (around Thorney Island) 11.01 miles
Langstone to Hayling Island RNLI station 10.01 miles
Hayling Island ferry to Portsmouth docks 5.07
Gosport ferry to Hamble 16.00 miles

A short week due to a sight-seeing stop over in Portsmouth

Total miles 42.09

Thorney Island footpath gate


Much of Thorney Island is MOD land so off limits to walkers. Straying from the footpath is prohibited.


Langstone Mill, built in sections between 1720 and 1832, was a working mill until WWI


Hayling Island beach hut


Hayling Island beach huts


Gosport benches


Esplanade de Royan mosaic, Gosport


Esplanade de Royan mosaic, Gosport


Esplanade de Royan mosaic, Gosport


Lee on Solent


Looking back where I’ve walked. Lee on Solent


Warsash to Hamble ferry

Week 6 roundup – Littlehampton to Prinsted, Chichester

Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th November

Littlehampton to Pagham 13.84 miles
Pagham to Bracklesham, East Wittering 15.82 miles
Bracklesham to Chichester canal basin 14.04 miles
Chichester marina to Chidham 10.67 miles
Chidham to Prinsted 6.32 miles

Total miles 60.69


Littlehampton’s The Long Bench by Studio Weave


RSPB Pagham Harbour


West Wittering


West Wittering


West Wittering to Itchenor


West Wittering to Itchenor


Chidham to Prinsted


Chidham to Prinsted

Week 5 roundup – Pevensey Bay to Worthing

Wednesday 31st October to Tuesday 6th November

Pevensey Bay to Birling Gap 12.59 miles
Birling Gap to Newhaven 13.25 miles
Newhaven to Hove 13.39 miles
Hove to Worthing 10.02 miles
Worthing to Littlehampton 8.71 miles

Total miles 57.96


  • Watching the waves from the viewing platform splash Birling Gap’s beautiful white cliffs.
  • Beachy head and the Seven Sisters. Although I inwardly groan when I see a steep uphill section, I actually rather enjoy the effort of trying to maintain a steady rhythm and getting to the top. The views are usually worth it too.
  • Having to company of Jon (ex Sussex Search and Rescue, now RNLI) on the Birling Gap to Newhaven leg. Always lovely to have the company of someone who knows the area.

Seven sisters


It’s always a good idea to look behind from time to time. This lighthouse was hidden from the other direction.


Birling Gap


Viewing platform at Birling Gap


Newhaven bench


Approaching Brighton


Approaching Brighton


Shoreham local heroes sculpture with the Adur Ferry bridge in the background


Winching the Shoreham lifeboat back into its boathouse after a training exercise