Yes, I am going to walk around the coast of the UK mainland. I am going to do it in stages. I am going to do it, despite never having walked long distances before. I am going to do it in stages. I will take my time. And I am going to enjoy it.

I have bought some basic equipment (see my Preparations page for details if this is the sort of thing that interests you!). I have done some research on the internet and discovered a few other people – some crazy and some sane – who have done this before me.

I have my first day planned. Yes, it is only one day and I will be coming home to recover.

And I start tomorrow.

If I survive, I will update this blog on my return.

About Ruth Livingstone

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7 Responses to Preparations

  1. Sergio says:

    Dear Ruth,

    Thank you for your comment.
    What counts is walking not the goal.
    I wish you plenty of nice and safe walks.

    I am reading your blog: it is interesting to see through other’s eyes what one has already lived.

    Kind regards


  2. Andy says:


    Good luck with your walk, I am considering starting the Bitish coastal walk in July, beginning at Weymouth, going clockwise, as you, in stages over the next nn years.



  3. paul sennett says:

    I attach an updated list of all the great places we have visited to eat or sleep..on our coastal walk around the UK
    The range from basic cafes all the way up to high end spots
    They are sorted by county/ hotel/ and eating spots
    We passed 1500 miles at the weekend in hail and lightning in Lincolnshire


    Lincolnshire Vine Hotel, Skegness great value and just done up!

    Norfolk/ Suffolk

    The Blakeney Point Hotel, Blakeney
    The Imperial Hotel, Great Yarmouth
    The Wentworth Aldeburgh

    The Royal Native Oyster House. Whitstable
    Fayreness Hotel, Fayreness
    The Royal Albion, Broadstairs
    Mermaid Inn, Rye
    The Cooden Beach Hotel, Norman’s Bay Nr Hastings


    The Grand, Eastbourne
    The Jury’s Inn Brighton
    Baillifscourt Hotel Climping
    The Langstone Inn, Hayling Island

    The Harbour Hotel, Christchurch
    Bournemouth Marriott
    The Harbour Heights, Canford cliffs
    The Sandbanks Hotel, Sandbanks
    The Haven Hotel, Sandbanks
    The Smugglers Inn , Osmington Mills
    The Heights Hotel, Portland Bill

    Alexander Hotel, Lyme Regis
    Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth
    Saunton Sands Hotel, Saunton
    Lynton Cottage Hotel, Lynton
    The Tresanton, St Mawes
    Headland Hotel, Newquay
    Watergate Hotel, Watergate Bay
    St Moritz Hotel, Polzeath

    Eating/ drinking places I remember


    Crown and Anchor Kilnsea… great views west up the Humber Estuary and food was lovely


    THE Dunes Café , Mablethorpe.. best service ever
    Popas Bar, Anderby Creek.. campsite bar in a lightning storm!
    The Vine Hotel Restaurant, Skegness.. great dinner


    The Seafood Café Wells next the sea
    The Victoria, Holkham
    Wells next the Sea Crab Cafe
    Blakeney Point Hotel afternoon tea.. and crab sandwiches
    Winterton on Sea beach cafe
    The Fish Grill, Great Yarmouth

    The Warner resort, Caister on sea
    Notleys, Lowestoft Quay.. remember the white sofa and gas fire
    Southwold Pier Restaurant, Southwold
    The Anchor Inn , Walberswick… 36th best gastro PUB IN UK
    Waterfront café, Butley
    The Ferry Boat Inn , Old Felixstowe

    The Café on the Pier Harwich
    The Cherry Tree , Little Oakley
    Clacton Pier, Wine Bar
    Victory Arms, West Mersea
    The Smugglers, Goldhanger.. great pub
    Salty Dogs tea room, Goldhanger… need I say more.. THE BEST TEA ROOM we have found so far!
    Ye olde White Harte , Burnham on Crouch
    South Beach Southend
    The Boat Yard, Leigh on Sea
    The Lobster Smack, Canvey Island

    The Pier at Gravesend
    The Britsish Pilot Pub, Allhallows.
    The Sportsman, Seasalter
    Royal Native Oyster House, Whitstable
    Crab and Winkle, Whitstable
    Le Petit Poisson Herne Bay
    The Minnis, Minnis Bay
    Turner Gallery Restaurant, Margate
    Captain Digby Restaurant, North Foreland
    Morelli’s Broadstairs
    Posillipo’s Broadstairs
    The Lighthouse Inn, above Dover
    Beach 48, Dymchurch
    Dungeness Fish hut,
    The Pilot INN Dungeness
    Britannia Inn, Dungeness
    Webbes at the fish Café Rye


    Smugglers Inn, Pett Level
    Pier Nine Restaurant, Hastings
    Tea beside the sea, Bexhill on Sea
    The Beachy Head Hotel restaurant (on top of Beachy Head)
    Birling Gap Beach Cafe
    West Quay Restaurant, Brighton Marina
    Alfresco Restaurant , On Brighton beach in a conservatory
    Lawns Café , Hove.. for coffee
    Sea Lane Café, Worthing Beach
    East Beach Café, Littlehampton
    Tapas Spanish restaurant Bognor Regis
    Crab And Lobster Inn, Pagham Harbour
    The Lifeboat Inn, Selsey Bill
    The Shore Inn East Wittering

    Inn on the Beach Hayling Island
    The Ship Inn Langstone
    The Old Fort, Seaview Isle of Wight
    The Pilot BoaT Inn, Seaview, Isle of Wight
    The Beach Shack Sandown Isle of Wight
    The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor
    Tea room Needles Lighthouse
    The George Hotel dining room Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

    Mudeford Beach café
    Harbour lights Restaurant Christchurch
    Bournemouth beach café.. can’t remember the name
    Square and Compass , Worth Mctravers
    Smugglers Inn , Osmington Mills
    The Cove Inn, Portland
    The Lobster Pot, Portland Bill
    The Ferryboat Inn, Weymouth
    The Hive, Burton Bradstock Inn
    The Cobb Arms Lyme Regis
    The Seafront café , Lyme Regis


    The Anchor Inn, Seatown
    The Sea Shanty Inn at Branscombe
    Duke’s Restaurant, Sidmouth
    Saunton Sands Hotel Restaurant
    Surf Shack Woolacombe Bay
    Smugglers cottage , Lee
    The Hunters Inn Hele Bay
    Ilfracombe Smugglers Rest Fish and Chips!


    The New Inn Veryan
    The Tresanton Hotel, St Mawes
    Hubs Restaurant St Ives
    Headland Hotel, Newquay
    Watergate Bay Hotel, Watergate Bay
    Albergo Italian restaurant, Padstow
    Tea Room, Bedruthan Steps Car Park

    • That’s a great list, Paul. Thank you for sharing.
      And well done for getting past the 1,500 mile waypoint! That’s a heck of a lot of miles.
      It sounds like Lincolnshire gave you a stormy welcome 🙂

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