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

Most people go back to the same favourite places for outings and holidays. The good thing about a long distance walk is you'll see so much variety. Even "dull" bits can have their attractions, if it's only the contrast.
 
One week later..
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Robsa68

Clanker
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?
I have the similar symptoms, leg goes numb, weird sensation like hot water running down the front of thigh? Had electric shock tests last week at Hallamshire. Compressed nerve in my thigh.
 
He did the "Go to jail for being a weirdo walking naked outside schools" walk.

I was just reading about him - Stephen Gough. It seems ridiculous that he's done something like 7 years' clink for refusing to wear clothes. Weird, yes, but any kind of real threat to anyone? I don't believe so.

Most of the time he was arrested immediately on being released from prison, because he walked out of the prison naked. He's been examined for mental issues, and apparently is sane. Just doesn't like clothes.

He's cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep in solitary confinement, yet hasn't hurt anyone, stolen anything, damaged anything. He's been kept in the Bar-L, FFS.

Something wrong with society when people like him do years inside, and yet some people are convicted of quite serious crimes and avoid immediate custody.

An eccentric weirdo for sure, but not a master criminal or thug.
 
I was just reading about him - Stephen Gough. It seems ridiculous that he's done something like 7 years' clink for refusing to wear clothes. Weird, yes, but any kind of real threat to anyone? I don't believe so.

Most of the time he was arrested immediately on being released from prison, because he walked out of the prison naked. He's been examined for mental issues, and apparently is sane. Just doesn't like clothes.

He's cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep in solitary confinement, yet hasn't hurt anyone, stolen anything, damaged anything. He's been kept in the Bar-L, FFS.

Something wrong with society when people like him do years inside, and yet some people are convicted of quite serious crimes and avoid immediate custody.

An eccentric weirdo for sure, but not a master criminal or thug.


If he had bummed some kids, there would be a outcry that the authorities did nothing.

He could go to a nudist beach/holiday/his own house and be as naked as he liked.
 
If he had bummed some kids, there would be a outcry that the authorities did nothing.

He could go to a nudist beach/holiday/his own house and be as naked as he liked.

I don't disagree. But he didn't and spent years in a closed prison for what is effectively a thought crime.
 
I don't disagree. But he didn't and spent years in a closed prison for what is effectively a thought crime.


He spent years in prison for breaking the law. If the authorities let him get away with it, others would copy him.
 
I was just reading about him - Stephen Gough. It seems ridiculous that he's done something like 7 years' clink for refusing to wear clothes. Weird, yes, but any kind of real threat to anyone? I don't believe so.

Most of the time he was arrested immediately on being released from prison, because he walked out of the prison naked. He's been examined for mental issues, and apparently is sane. Just doesn't like clothes.

He's cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep in solitary confinement, yet hasn't hurt anyone, stolen anything, damaged anything. He's been kept in the Bar-L, FFS.

Something wrong with society when people like him do years inside, and yet some people are convicted of quite serious crimes and avoid immediate custody.

An eccentric weirdo for sure, but not a master criminal or thug.
Oh I totally agree.
Weird bugger, but no threat to anybody.
 
Again, I don't disagree. His punishment however seems inequitable.

His punishment was probably quite light at the start, when you keep being a bellend, expect the punishments to get harsher.
 
If you do go ahead, build up training helps. sorts out what to wear what not, chaffing is a very delicate subject that needs good admin and really good underwear. Sox is a brand that may help, socks on the other hand need to be trail n error. Camelbak works for so long water replenishment is your life saver. Others can explain which gels or sachets help maintain your body healthily.
I hate bananas so rely on porridge, mixed with honey or fruit it works.

Good luck there loads of folk on here who know that tip or hint that will help you
 
You must take a dog. I did the SW Coast path with my dog. He walked and ran at least 5 times further than me and had the best days of his life.
 
Look for a pair of walking poles. The extra support will help and you can use them to keep a camera steady or support a basha.

At 1500m the poles came in handy unlike the hatchetfacedwitch who didn't enjoy the experience
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E2a: Just noticed, it was at 2500m. Fat fingers.
 
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Daz

LE
The van’s staying at home mate. If I do it (and I’m warming to idea by the minute, although there are some things I need to consider first, which are out of my hands) I’ll be getting a lift to the English side of the Severn Bridge and starting on foot from there. I envisage the rest of the trip will be bivvy bag and sleeping bag.
gissus a shout if you want a hooped bivvy (Lightwave zero). FoC , where the F=Free.
 

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