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Mike's SW Coast Path Venture - Progress Report 1

I spoke with Mike this morning (Monday 27 May) and he was in great spirits, planning to arrive at Mevagissey in Cornwall this evening having walked in excess of 240 miles since early May (get your maps out and look at the distance covered and places passed on route)!

He reckons it now feels rather odd to walk around in the evening without the weight of a rucksack – so I think he’s probably fairly well conditioned.

A quick summary then – it all started from the top of Studland Beach at the entrance to Poole Harbour on Sunday 5 May. Linda and I had driven down to the south coast with Mike the previous day, making the short ferry crossing in the morning, boots on, and off we went! We accompanied Mike to Weymouth and around the Isle of Portland – a distance of 60 miles in 4 days – with Linda doing bits plus being backup driver and me the lot. If you ever get the opportunity I can thoroughly recommend the Dorset coast line – it’s spectacular!

We left Mike to a solitary walk along Chesil Beach on the 5th day. However, his time alone didn’t last long with a succession of family and friends coming and going between then and now (day 24). Accommodation for Mike is mostly B&Bs, however Bully was keen on camping, so for 6 nights they had the added burden of camping equipment to help buckle the knees a bit more!

Mike doesn’t really do IT but with Bully’s help I received a picture of one of Mike’s special handwritten reports. Just click the thumbnail picture on the left to read. I’ve also added this link to a selection of photos I’ve managed to gather up.

I’ve do a further update in another couple of hundred miles!!

TJ – 27 May 2019