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Coastal Walkers

More people have climbed Mt Everest than have walked around Britain...

It’s a long way.

These pioneers have personally trekked the coast of England 

Ruth Livingstone ‘Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide’ (2016)

Ruth Livingstone


Ruth LivingstoneWalking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide’ (2016). I relied heavily on this excellent book and her blog in preparing for my walk.

John Merill

In 1978 John Merrill was the first to walk around Britain’s entire mainland coast. See his book ‘Turn Right at Land’s End’ 


Vera Andrews

In 1984 Vera Andrews was the first woman to walk around the British coast. She wrote it up as “I've Seen Granny Vera: Story of the Record-breaking Longest Walk by a Woman


Helen Krasner

5,000 Midges, Maps walk in 1987 was recorded in: Helen Krasner’s 'Midges, Maps and Muesli: Account of a 5, 000 Mile Walk Round the Coast of Britain (1998).


Spud Talbot-Ponsonby

In the early 1990s Spud walked round Britain with her dog Tess, to raise money for the charity Shelter. Her book, ‘Two Feet, Four Paws: Walking the Coastline of Britain’ (2009) has five stars on Amazon.


John Westley

John Westley's book: ‘And the Road Below: The Blister-by-blister Account of His Record-Breaking Walk Around the Coastline of the British Isles’ (1995)


Richard and Shally Hunt

Richard and Shally Hunt documented their 10 month, 4,300 mile walk round Britain in ‘The Sea on Our Left’ (1999).


Peter Hill

In 2014 Peter Hill walked 5,000 miles round Britain’s coast in 42 weeks. His book: ‘I May be Gone for Some Time: One Man’s Story of this 5,000 mile trek round the British Coast’ (2016) records the adventures along the way.


Richard Whitting

Richard Whiting has a series of books reflecting his route. The first is ‘Recollections Of A Coastal Walker: Volume 1 - Rye To Land's End’(2015).

Walking and writing seem to go together (and taking photos). When people aren’t writing books, they’re blogging.


Selection of blogs/websites:



General walking resources:


  • When it's finished, the England coastal path will be the longest in the world: about 2,800 miles (4,500 km). 
  • Wales is the first country in the world to have a dedicated coastal path all around its coast: 870 miles (1,400 km).
  • There is no dedicated coastal path in Scotland yet. The coast there is estimated at around 2,800 miles (4,500 km).
Maps: There’s nothing better than Ordnance Survey (the 1:25,000 Explorer series)
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