***NEW*** – to see David’s woodturning website click here.
As you can see, 2016 was a rightoff as far as walking the SWCP was concerned, what with my 70th and holidays etc, but we are determined to get back in harness for 2017, so watch this space. BUT – the best laid plans eh! – Fiona had to have a major operation in March 2017 which put her out of action for at least 3 months as far as the SWCP is concerned so it may well be 2018 before we get going again. For 2018 read 2019 as David was diagnosed with prostate cancer early in the year but had what we hope is a successful prostatectomy at the end of October so, together with diagnostic progress on the hip, knee and feet problems that Fiona has had over the last few years, we are determined to get back on the path in 2019!
“You can if you think you can”
When we both finally ‘retired’ at the end of March 2014 we wanted to set ourselves a challenge. Shortly after that, at a lunch party, we met an ex-IBMer who on retirement 20 years previously had spent the first 6 weeks walking the whole of the South West Coast Path from Poole to Minehead and, after the red wine kicked in, Fiona decided that this was the challenge, although we were now more than 20 years older than he was when he achieved the feat.
In the cold light of day we were still keen and so joined the South West Coast Path Association and started planning how this could be achieved, not in 6 weeks, but in sections a bit at a time over maybe 5 or 6 years and definitely before I am 75.
This website is a record of each walk, what we saw, who we met, where we stayed, and how we got there and back. The record is meant for our own personal enjoyment – it may help others planning their own adventure, but anybody who is interested in our efforts is welcome to follow us.