Hiking on the South West Coast Path - West Bay to West Bexington

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  1. Really enjoyed this blog. I have recently determined to walk the SW coast path over the next year (to mark the occasion of my 75th). I wanted a positive project to get my teeth into in the current COVID climate and don’t see us going away anywhere much in the foreseeable! I have done some local-ish walks (I live in Torbay) and getting my legs used to some of the demands of cliff walking. Walked between Beesands and Blackpool Sands last week – some steep ascents/descents and steps built by giants!

    1. What a fantastic project Penny! Well done – such a beautiful coast path. I’ve really loved it so far. Haven’t been able to get out on the coast path much this year due to obvious reasons but looking forward to heading back out as soon as possible. All the best with your project. I’d love to hear how you get on!

  2. We walked the Polruan to Polperro section in October. We are both in our late 60s and reasonably fit but found this walk very demanding and some parts frankly treacherous. Although the weather was lovely on the day, the amount of rain in the days leading up to the hike had made the path very muddy and slippery – including in parts right on the edge of some precipitous drops.
    I had a chat with a National Trust Ranger later on the phone who amazed me when he advised the path is only inspected once a year but said based on my feedback he would arrange an earlier inspection.

    1. That’s very interesting to hear! Glad you made it back safely. It’s definitely a tough one, hiking in autumn/winter. Like you say, the abundance of rain can make the path treacherous!

  3. I hiked a small portion of the Southwest Coast Path in September of this year (2019) I am from a small farming town southwest of Chicago where we are all Norwegians. I thought! On a recent extensive DNA test on FTDNA called the Big Y700 I found out that I am in a rare group of 4 Norwegians and 2 Englishmen. Turns out that I am 27% Norwegian and 23% English. Mostly Cornish. I decided to go to the U.K. since I just retired from being a locomotive engineer here in the Chicago area and I spent a month in the U.K. First i hiked with a group of 6 with Wilderness Scotland and we hiked the West Highland Way. 96 miles in about 6 days. I then took the train from Fort William down to Penzance since I wanted to check out this Cornish part of my heritage. It was incredible! I camped at the Mousehole Campground in Paul and basically explored from there for about a week. I hiked the Southwest Coast Path from Mousehole to LaMorna and now I am hooked. I am 65 years old but now I need to go back over there and hike more of that path. Maybe even the whole thing! Your blog is wonderful!

    1. Wow! What a story! Thanks for sharing that and I’m glad you enjoyed hiking on the South West Coast Path. The sections I’ve done so far I have enjoyed immensely! Hope you manage to hike the whole thing at some point!

    2. Started doing the North Devon coast myself.Did Northam to Barnstaple recently,doing Barnstaple to Croyde next week and already done Croyde to Woolacombe and Northam to Westward Ho! Via Appledore.Live in Northam so can appreciate being so close to a walk that you feel you need to walk it.Hoping to cover Bude to Minehead in two years. I’ve holidayed in Torbay so appreciate those lovely walks and also did Polperro to Looe ,which was fab, in August.Happy walking πŸ™‚

      1. Sounds like you’re having a great time enjoying our beautiful coast Gary! Maybe I’ll pass you on the coast path some day πŸ™‚

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