I started in Kings Lynn, on the Lincolnshire/Norfolk border, on April 18th 2010. I have been walking clockwise round the coast of mainland Britain, in stages, since then.
My Rules for Walking the Coast
1. Enjoy each and every walk.
2. Keep as close to the coast as is safe, legal and reasonable.
3. Start each walk at the point where I stopped the coastal section of my previous walk.
4. I don’t have to walk around islands (but I can if I want to).
5. I don’t have to walk around peninsulas where the only link to the mainland is a narrow isthmus or causeway (unless I want to).
6. When encountering a river or estuary, cross at the nearest public crossing point; stepping stones, bridge or ferry.
And now not a rule, but a philosophical statement. I concentrate on being present in the place I am walking through.
- I don’t listen to music or the radio while I walk,
- I don’t read up on history or check which sights I should view in advance of my walk,
- and I avoid looking beyond my current OS map, except for planning my start and end points.
People sometimes ask me how I am going to cope with Scotland, where the weather is inclement, the countryside is wild and the footpaths are few. I refuse to think about this until I get there.