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

You only live once.

 
Why not start off with a lap round Anglesey as a trial run?

124miles, nice scenery, better weather & maybe some fishing too.

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If you enjoy that you just carry-on with the big lap; if not you've still done a full lap of an island and you're not too far from Manchester airport & on to BangCock

Just walk with a stick,the noise from which should help warn off adders that are common on the island
 
These might be worth a read:

England coastal paths by region:


Jockistan does not seem as quick off the mark but these might help:



You could of course just do the coast of England and Wales and cut across Hadrians Wall, thus avoiding the midges..

I recommend avoiding midges.
 
You’re a star, that’s exactly what I need. However I think it’d be wrong to accept it until I’ve definitely decided to do the walk, so if you could just put it to one side for the moment, I’d be eternally grateful.

Thanks mate, greatly appreciated.
No worries
I think I'm past my bivvying days, so it's not going anywhere!
 
Plimsolls????

Until I was ten I lived in Reading and they were ‘Pumps, (Christ knows why), then our family moved to Wiltshire and they were ‘Daps’ (Christ knows why).
Here you go, plimsolls

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I used to use electrical substations to camp in if I was passing through a town, a clean gravel area fenced off and hidden from view with just a transformer in it usually.
 

Gout Man

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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?
What are you going to do with the van?

I have an idea, ten miles up the coast park it. Walk back ten miles turn around and walk back to the van so you can collapse on the mattress in said van, repeat till finished.
You might get into the Guinness World Record Book, as the only man daft enough to walk twice around Britain in one go.:scratch:
Good Luck.
 
What are you going to do with the van?

I have an idea, ten miles up the coast park it. Walk back ten miles turn around and walk back to the van so you can collapse on the mattress in said van, repeat till finished.
You might get into the Guinness World Record Book, as the only man daft enough to walk twice around Britain in one go.:scratch:
Good Luck.

Alternatively he could take a bike with him in the van.

Drop the bike off at the "start" of the planned walk.

Drive the van to the "end" of that day's planned walk.

Walk back to where the bike is and cycle to the van on completion of that days journey.

He will go down in the Guinness Book of Records as the only person to walk clockwise and cycle anti-clockwise around Britain at the same time. (Or vv, depending on which way he goes).
 

Gout Man

LE
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Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
Alternatively he could take a bike with him in the van.

Drop the bike off at the "start" of the planned walk.

Drive the van to the "end" of that day's planned walk.

Walk back to where the bike is and cycle to the van on completion of that days journey.

He will go down in the Guinness Book of Records as the only person to walk clockwise and cycle anti-clockwise around Britain at the same time. (Or vv, depending on which way he goes).
We could be onto something here:grin:
@Awol , thoughts:???:
 
We could be onto something here:grin:
@Awol , thoughts:???:

He wouldn't need to cycle back on every walk. Depending on where it is he could get public transport back to the van.

I used to do that on walks in London. Park the car up somewhere, walk the Thames Path from west to east (say Waterloo to Woolwich) and get a bus or train back. For that particular walk I got the Thames Clipper back - lovely boat ride.

There could be lots of variations on this - like walking both sides of an estuary and getting a ferry back at the wide end.
 
What if we could organise a relay team if Arrse drivers.
Drop Awol off at a start point, then park his van at a pre arranged place, wait for him to rock up, make sure he's OK... Rinse and repeat around the UK.
 
What if we could organise a relay team if Arrse drivers.
Drop Awol off at a start point, then park his van at a pre arranged place, wait for him to rock up, make sure he's OK... Rinse and repeat around the UK.

Excellent idea.

Given that few UK-based ARRSE members live more than a reasonably short drive from the sea that could work.

Plus there is the seven degrees of separation thing whereby if we can't do it we might know someone nearby who can.

Might need a bit of forethought in somewhere like NW Scotland so maybe a mix'n'match approach would work.
 
Excellent idea.

Given that few UK-based ARRSE members live more than a reasonably short drive from the sea that could work.

Plus there is the seven degrees of separation thing whereby if we can't do it we might know someone nearby who can.

Might need a bit of forethought in somewhere like NW Scotland so maybe a mix'n'match approach would work.
Park it at Lands end car park. Then when he sets off move it to the other end of the car park.

He can then reach it around the coast of the UK.
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
I wouldn't set off right now, it's raining
 
What if we could organise a relay team if Arrse drivers.
Drop Awol off at a start point, then park his van at a pre arranged place, wait for him to rock up, make sure he's OK... Rinse and repeat around the UK.

Hang on.

Shirley it would be easier to do it in reverse.

AWOL drives the van to the end and gets a lift to the start, i.e wherever he was in the first place.

That would be easier logistically as it would only need one driver.
 
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