Should I, or shouldn’t I? Walking the UK coast.

Awol

LE
I’ve been thinking about this for sometime now. My life appears to have fallen off a cliff, I have slight health issues, my kids apparently hate me and I’m living in a ******* van. I really have nothing to lose.

My original plan was to take the van and bugger off to Europe, but the cost, and Covid have put paid to that, so I’m thinking of the UK coast, all the way around, instead.

According to (I think) The Mirror last week it is about 2700 miles (a report following a rescue after a dozy bint got stranded by the rising tide after about a whole three miles).

The only mitigating factor is the fact that I have a dodgy right leg. I went to a ‘Super Specialist Leg Doctor’ who examined it and said everything was ‘excellent’ and the problem was probably soft tissue being squeezed somehow, was nothing serious, but she was going to send me off for weekly physio sessions (squeezing a football between my knees sort of thing).

The pain is weird. It only appears after 15 minutes of walking, then disappears after 30 seconds of rest, then reappears every 10-15 minutes or so.

Nevertheless I think I can do the walk. At roughly 10 miles per day it’s about 9 months which obviously takes me through the winter, but I can cope with that.

So should I?
 
Ask yourself this - If you were to be told you were about to die soon and had to reflect on your life, would you be thinking "I wish I'd done that"? If the answer is yes go for it, otherwise you can just sit about in your van all day feeling sorry for yourself. Or try and get a decent job, house and a person you can enjoy the rest of your life with.
 

goodoldboy

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I’ve been thinking about this for sometime now. My life appears to have fallen off a cliff, I have slight health issues, my kids apparently hate me and I’m living in a ******* van. I really have nothing to lose.

My original plan was to take the van and bugger off to Europe, but the cost, and Covid have put paid to that, so I’m thinking of the UK coast, all the way around, instead.

According to (I think) The Mirror last week it is about 2700 miles (a report following a rescue after a dozy bint got stranded by the rising tide after about a whole three miles).

The only mitigating factor is the fact that I have a dodgy right leg. I went to a ‘Super Specialist Leg Doctor’ who examined it and said everything was ‘excellent’ and the problem was probably soft tissue being squeezed somehow, was nothing serious, but she was going to send me off for weekly physio sessions (squeezing a football between my knees sort of thing).

The pain is weird. It only appears after 15 minutes of walking, then disappears after 30 seconds of rest, then reappears every 10-15 minutes or so.

Nevertheless I think I can do the walk. At roughly 10 miles per day it’s about 9 months which obviously takes me through the winter, but I can cope with that.

So should I?
Just do it.

Good luck...
 
We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK. West coast of Scotland, NE England, SW Wales and the Antrim coast (just to cover all the home nations). Go for it.
Might I suggest you plan it so you don't do the NW of Scotland in the winter months. Apart from anything else you won't have more than a handfull of hours daylight.
Give me a PM when you get to the NE of Scotland and I might supply some bacon butties and a dram to help you on your way.
 

Awol

LE
It must depend on how you measure it, but the total length of the UK mainland coastline is more than 10,000 miles.

You could be right. There’s a mathematical theory that means that things like coastlines get exponentially longer the closer you get. I’d imagine that following the actual shoreline would be variable and a lot longer than the actual path, which is fixed.
 
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Awol

LE
We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK. West coast of Scotland, NE England, SW Wales and the Antrim coast (just to cover all the home nations). Go for it.
Might I suggest you plan it so you don't do the NW of Scotland in the winter months. Apart from anything else you won't have more than a handfull of hours daylight.
Give me a PM when you get to the NE of Scotland and I might supply some bacon butties and a dram to help you on your way.
I was kind of relying upon Arrser resupplies along the way... :)
 
I was kind of relying on Arrser resupplies along the way... :)

Get to west of Cardiff and you're on. Actually, you could always ask local Arssers to join you for their local bit.
 

You could be right. There’s a mathematical theory that means that things like coastlines get exponentially longer the closer you get. I’d imagine that following the actual shoreline would be variable and a lot longer that the actual path, which is fixed.

Fractals.

Depends on how you set the scale by which you measure the distance.

Set it small enough and the coastline is effectively infinite.

The mainland coastline is commonly given as about 11,000 miles but the British Coastal path is about 2,800 miles.
 
**** all that shite, get yourself over to Phuket when covid allows, it's cheap as chips during the 8 month long non tourist season. Loads of women, men and inbetweens will show you love and affection for the right price.

Bollocks to pissing around the coast of the UK. The UK doesn't have the same sort of ping pong ball shows. Get on a plane to a warm and cheap country.


You'll soon stop being a miserable bastard.
 

Awol

LE
Fractals.

Depends on how you set the scale by which you measure the distance.

Set it small enough and the coastline is effectively infinite.

The mainland coastline is commonly given as about 11,000 miles but the British Coastal path is about 2,800 miles.
Fractuals. That’s the thing. Watched a programme about it once and was thoroughly lost within minutes.

And I’ve got A level Maths dontcha know.
 

Awol

LE
**** all that shite, get yourself over to Phuket when covid allows, it's cheap as chips during the 8 month long non tourist season. Loads of women, men and inbetweens will show you love and affection for the right price.

Bollocks to pissing around the coast of the UK. The UK doesn't have the same sort of ping pong ball shows. Get on a plane to a warm and cheap country.


You'll soon stop being a miserable bastard.
It’s going to take a lot more than a ladyboy to do that.

What’s your secret Stacks? How did you suddenly become so cheerful?
 
It’s going to take a lot more than a ladyboy to do that.

What’s your secret Stacks? How did you suddenly become so cheerful?

I revel in other people's misery.
 
I’ve been thinking about this for sometime now. My life appears to have fallen off a cliff, I have slight health issues, my kids apparently hate me and I’m living in a ******* van. I really have nothing to lose.

My original plan was to take the van and bugger off to Europe, but the cost, and Covid have put paid to that, so I’m thinking of the UK coast, all the way around, instead.

According to (I think) The Mirror last week it is about 2700 miles (a report following a rescue after a dozy bint got stranded by the rising tide after about a whole three miles).

The only mitigating factor is the fact that I have a dodgy right leg. I went to a ‘Super Specialist Leg Doctor’ who examined it and said everything was ‘excellent’ and the problem was probably soft tissue being squeezed somehow, was nothing serious, but she was going to send me off for weekly physio sessions (squeezing a football between my knees sort of thing).

The pain is weird. It only appears after 15 minutes of walking, then disappears after 30 seconds of rest, then reappears every 10-15 minutes or so.

Nevertheless I think I can do the walk. At roughly 10 miles per day it’s about 9 months which obviously takes me through the winter, but I can cope with that.

So should I?

Sounds great.

Three weeks after setting off, your body will be in a shallow grave in a hedgerow and your vital organs will reside inside several rich Chinese businessmen.

Don't forget your brolly.
 
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I’ve been thinking about this for sometime now. My life appears to have fallen off a cliff, I have slight health issues, my kids apparently hate me and I’m living in a ******* van. I really have nothing to lose.

My original plan was to take the van and bugger off to Europe, but the cost, and Covid have put paid to that, so I’m thinking of the UK coast, all the way around, instead.

According to (I think) The Mirror last week it is about 2700 miles (a report following a rescue after a dozy bint got stranded by the rising tide after about a whole three miles).

The only mitigating factor is the fact that I have a dodgy right leg. I went to a ‘Super Specialist Leg Doctor’ who examined it and said everything was ‘excellent’ and the problem was probably soft tissue being squeezed somehow, was nothing serious, but she was going to send me off for weekly physio sessions (squeezing a football between my knees sort of thing).

The pain is weird. It only appears after 15 minutes of walking, then disappears after 30 seconds of rest, then reappears every 10-15 minutes or so.

Nevertheless I think I can do the walk. At roughly 10 miles per day it’s about 9 months which obviously takes me through the winter, but I can cope with that.

So should I?

If you are serious, this is well worth a read first - young lass who did it in 1994. Sadly passed away at a very young age in 2010....

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