I've come across a south west coastal walking guide that you may find pretty useful. I've not tried it myself but do take a look and see what you think - it looks comprehensive for your needs and it's only about £20 quid. Any other forum members used this or a similar walking guide before? www.virtualbookcompany.co.uk
Can't figure out why anyone would drag a 6-year old thread from the dead... but hey!
Shameless plug... I know... but my Cicerone guide is only £12.95 and it contains all the OS Landranger mapping for the entire 630 miles of the SWCP!
lol, there you go, Paddy found it useful
"Can't figure out why anyone would drag a 6-year old thread from the dead... but hey!"
I wondered too but I suspect Robert stumbled upon it and just didn't think to check the date
Robert... Don't worry about the date, the search function is there for a reason! Even if the original poster is not about, it's interesting to some of the others of us.
I regularly enjoy the Coast Path around North Cornwall, which I find to be simply stunning. I've not read the book or the DVD on the area, but maybe I'll look those up.
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Here's a press release that was sent to me the other day by the SWCP Team. It's quite clear that the coast path enjoys perennial interest, and I don't think anyone who's ever tried a good stretch of it has ever gone away disappointed. Due to its length, most walkers can't cover it all at once, so come back time and time again to walk stretches of it.
Anyway... the press release... though I'm not sure how much of the original text format will carry through onto the OM system...
The South West Coast Path National Trail – simply unforgettable!
The South West Coast Path is one of three British walking trails to be featured in the newly-published book, Unforgettable Walks to take before you die.
People living in South West England have always known the South West Coast Path National Trail is world-class. Now the secret is out - Britain’s longest and best footpath has been included in a new selection of the top walks in the world.
Travel writers and photographers Clare Jones and Steve Watkins have picked just 30 classic walking routes for their new book, Unforgettable Walks to take before you die. They spent nine months travelling to 24 countries on 5 continents to find the world’s most inspiring, spectacular and beautiful trails. Their book ranks the Coast Path alongside experiences such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a walk in Yellowstone National Park and hiking the Inca Trail in Peru.
When asked why they had included the Coast Path, Steve enthused: “Throughout a whole year of walking around the world, I was hard pressed to find anywhere that matched the natural drama and stunningly beautiful light along the South West Coast Path. You can’t beat it for the sheer diversity of landscapes and the chance to experience some truly wild and beautiful coastal scenery. And you can do anything from a half-day walk to all 630 miles.”Janette Ward, Regional Director of Natural England - the government body responsible for National Trails - isn’t at all surprised: “The South West Coast Path is a fabulous asset for those of us lucky enough to live in the South West as well as for visitors. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational.!”
The high quality of all these aspects of the South West Coast Path corridor is reflected in the array of official designations it has collected over the years. As it threads its way around the coastline, the Coast Path passes through five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, seventeen Heritage Coasts, a National Park, two World Heritage Sites, a UNESCO Geopark and Britain’s first UNESCO Biosphere reserve.
This latest accolade will encourage many more to join the thousands of people who enjoy a walk on the Coast Path. Whether they potter on the prom, stroll out on to the cliffs from a seaside village or take on the ultimate challenge of the entire Coast Path, they’ll all have memories that are unforgettable.
Catch the season right & you can pick wild raspberries along your route. Once out of the woods, you're on the highest sea cliffs in the UK, and below you is a route not often trod, the traverse twixt sea & grass, across the north Devon cliffs - clicky
The smallest church in Britain . Once I'd got beyond that I did not see nor hear any sign of human activity for about 30 hours ( I camped out just off the path) till I got reasonably close to that fine pub the name of which I forget. What a fine walk it is. Must do some more (I got as far as Ilfracombe). It was the thought of that path, Paddy's book and a terrific bloggy diary thing I stumbled across that got me (back) into walking a few years ago. Go for it Michael!
Robert - don't ever feel silly about being helpful!
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