As we were walking along the clifftop path from Milford on Sea to Barton on Sea, this sign suddenly stepped out in front of us:
It was about as welcome as a policeman in a brothel, and just like a policeman in a brothel it caused an immediate cessation of all exercise as we ground to a halt and stood motionless, staring at it. Curse that coastal erosion! Especially because the recommended inland detour consisted of three miles of this:
We stood in silence, contemplating the traffic and the fact that we would much prefer to be walking on the clifftop. I looked back at the closed footpath, yearning. All of a sudden, to my hopeful consternation, I spotted a cyclist blatantly cycle through the space by the sign and straight on!
As I watched this naughty and illegal peddler of illegal cycle routes make his way along the supposedly closed and supposedly eroded path, I saw him pass some walkers coming from the other direction. What?!? Well that was it. If they could do it, we could do it!
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Footpath Closed Sign: N 50° 43.592 W 001° 36.832
- Approximate Position of Collapsed Cliffs: N 50° 43.748 W 001° 37.632
- End of Walk: N 50° 44.100 W 001° 39.235
Walk #70 Statistics (of which this post forms the final part):
- Date of Walk: 19 April 2014
- Walk #70 total distance covered (excluding ferry): 13.35 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 606.70 miles
- CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INTERACTIVE MAP!!!