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OVER THE HILL – ON THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

RANDOM RUMINATIONS OF A RAMBLING RETIREE

In the Spring of 2011 I walked the South West Coast Path (SWCP) – all 633 miles of it – in one go. I have tried to avoid a straightforward account limited to the walking – something along the lines of “Got up, had breakfast, went to the toilet, (hopefully in that order), walked 15 miles, had a pint or two, then went to bed”. Instead, in trying to capture the flavour of this rich experience, as well as describing the walk and the landscape it passes through, I have attempted to do justice to the people, places, pubs and B&Bs that I came across along the way. A walk like this also allows ample opportunity for reflection, so I have thrown in some “rambling ruminations” on events occurring outside my coast path “bubble.”

“Pens in hand

People are furiously writing up their diaries

At the day’s end –

How on earth can they know so soon

What has happened?”

“Blindness”

Brian Patten

“I hope you won’t take this the wrong way, but why are you doing it? I mean, I just can’t understand why any sane person would want to walk all the way round the south west coast path.”

Silly old sod

Falmouth B&B

A companion site, Over The Hill – On Dartmoor And In Lakeland, can be found here.