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.
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
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
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.