The Walk 2013

Back in 2005, with his 50th birthday approaching, Paul Searle decided it'd be a good idea to walk the 630 miles of the South-West Coast Path and so this enduring adventure began. The inaugural two week leg took Paul, wife Judy, Ray Hall plus an ever-changing plethora of friends, from Studland to Looe. Each year after that, another 100 miles or so was knocked off until the intrepid yompers finally reached Minehead in 2010.

You'd think that'd be enough for most sane people, but no . . . . . . "why don't we do some of it back the other way?" . . . . . . and so it was that, in May 2012, Paul, Biddy, Al, Paul Nott & Derrick Hobbs trekked from Sennen Cove to Portloe. All of which brings us to last week and the trip laid out below, which brought about lots of laughs, plenty of good beer, food & hospitality, great scenery, aching limbs, blistered feet and a load of cursing, especially from me! Having optimistically hoped my decrepit body would carry me the whole way, a dodgy knee reduced me to Ladies Co-driver for the last two days, the others however proved far more resilient and completed the course. Worswell Barton Farmhouse B&B, near Noss Mayo, deserves a special mention as an outstanding place to stay, while The Inn On The Shore in Downderry underwhelmed everyone. Click on the image below to see the photos, they give only part of the story of how tough that was.