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

 

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

 

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.

 

Bouldnor

 

Bouldnor
Barton on Sea to Mudeford
Christchurch
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

 

Sandown

 

The Tamar lifeboat at Bembridge RNLI

 

Bembridge

 

Appley Tower, a coastal folly, Ryde

 

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

 

Lepe

 

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

Highs

  • 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