We were back! After an absence of two and a half years we finally managed to coax our teenagers out of their bedrooms (I am sorry to say that they didn’t really emerge from their cocoons as the beautiful butterflies my wife had promised – I think they need to hibernate for a couple more years before that happens).
Given the gravitas of the occasion, various members of my family turned out in support.
And was the sun beaming to match our moods? Erm…well…no, not really. It was a little on the damp side.
This wasn’t the true Coastal Path. We were still walking alongside Chesil Beach, having opted to take the inland route through fields rather than walk along Chesil Beach itself. This is because parts of Chesil Beach are inaccessible at various times of the year due to firing ranges, nesting birds, etc. As we could not guarantee when we would come back to continue our walk we saw the best option as following the official South West Coast Path.
Still, despite the rain and the mud nothing could dampen our high spirits. Indeed, when I put my first full foot into a an unexpectedly deep and muddy puddle, and when the water spilled over the rim of my boots and soaked my socks, all I could do was smile at the sheer pleasure of being back on out Coastal Path – oh, how I had missed boots full of water (it really doesn’t take much to keep me happy).
Even better, as we got back to the cars there was a man with a pressure hose cleaning his caravan – this very kind gent agreed to give B of the ABC’s a free hose down!
Points on this walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth)
- Australia Road, Charlestown (start of walk): N 50° 36.853 W 002° 29.915
- Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury (end of walk): N 50° 39.561 W 002° 37.425
- Date of Walk: 4 April 2018
- Walk #86 total distance covered: 10.59 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 725.96 miles
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