My name is Ruth Livingstone. In 2010 I decided to start walking around the coastline of the British mainland. I’d never done any long-distance hiking before! But once I started, I was hooked.
This blog documents my walks around the coast, starting in North Norfolk, and heading clockwise around the shore. I follow paths and tracks, take plenty of breaks for photographs and snacks, and in general I make very slow progress.
But why hurry? I’ll never walk this way again, and I intend to enjoy every minute of my walk. (Well, OK, nearly every minute.)
In the six years since I began my trek, I’ve covered over 2,500 miles of coastline and met many other walkers (some in real life and some via the magic of the Internet). I’ve become fitter and tougher, and I’ve also suffered multiple blisters, knee swelling, hip pains, and developed a strong aversion to cows. It’s been a wonderful, exhilarating, and – sometimes – terrifying experience.
Why am I doing this?
Hmmm, good question. I’m not entirely sure and, no, I’m not raising money for charity. Actually, this expedition is entirely selfish. After researching coastal walking on the internet, I discovered only a handful of people have completed a walk around the whole of Britain. I both love the sea and love the idea of undertaking an epic trek – while not straying too far from home. And, importantly, I know I can do it.