Follow A 5000 Mile Walk

24. Ravenglass to Seascale

In which I invite someone along for a short stroll, and things don’t quite turn out like I’d planned.

22. Millom to Bootle

In which I encounter two lighthouses, battle my way across boulder fields, contemplate cliff climbing, and nearly fall in a river.

21. Kirkby-in-Furness to Millom

In which I suffer greatly from yesterday’s 15 miles, cross the railway line God knows how many times, and pick a fight with a sheep.

20. Barrow-in-Furness to Kirkby-in-Furness

In which I get to like the town of Barrow, consider risking drowning, get stopped by the fuzz, take a big tumble and hurt myself, then get sunburnt crossing a desert.

19. Ulverston to Barrow-in-Furness

My longest walk so far on this adventure, in which I discover a contender for Britain’s Shittiest Island, and encounter a strange cloaked figure 😳.

18. Cark to Ulverston

A walk I’ve put off for three weeks due to my dislike of cycling! It takes me up and down a mountain, around the Leven estuary, dodging cars and lorries on the A590, and all the time I think I could have waded across the river.

17. Grange Over Sands to Cark

I consider risking the marshes around the hilariously named Humphrey Head, trudge a few more lanes (more happily this time), completely fail to spot a peregrine, then skirt the Low Marsh as the fading shafts of sunlight glimmer off the water.

16. Sandside to Grange-Over-Sands

OK, this walk doesn’t strictly start from Sandside. Sandside is south of the River Kent, and this walk starts from the opposite bank of the river, on the north side. That’s because on the last stage I waded across the river to the start point of this walk, and so I can start from there.

15. Silverdale to Sandside

On the hottest day of the year, I set off in jeans and a women’s hat – seemed like a good idea in the morning! I meet a friend, and decide to wade across the river, because it’s just such a long boring walk otherwise!

14. Hest Bank to Silverdale

I swap direction for one section, and battle a headwind southwards, passing through scenic clifftops, old copper mines, and salt marshes, and then trespass the territory of the local ovine biker gang.

13. Heysham to Hest Bank

It’s been 71 days since I last walked a section of my coastal adventure. In that time the world has become a very different place. Back then people went to pubs and chatted to each other. We went dancing, ate in restaurants. We kissed and hugged each other. When we needed groceries we just walked into a shop and bought them. In the mornings we went to work, and came home again in the evening. Then we stopped.

12½. Coronavirus interruption!

I was checking the weather forecast all week – this weekend was going to be the best weather since last summer. Come Thursday I was about to book a day off on Friday so I could do three walks this weekend. Fantastic! At 1:30am on Friday morning I was awoken by the sound of coughing.

12. Overton to Heysham

A really varied and enjoyable section this one – tidal roads, marshes, villages, shingle beaches, caravan parks, nuclear power stations, ports, clifftops, ancient monuments, and promenades. Really enjoyed this one, apart from going down a loooong dead end!

11. Glasson Dock to Overton

I catch three buses and take an hour and a half to travel 1.25 miles, encounter a pair of other long distance walkers, and get dispirited.

10. Fleetwood to Glasson Dock

I manage to squeeze a walk in between Storm Jorge’s anger fits, get accosted by a farmer, bullshit my way out of it, consider swimming across a flood, and see an animal I’ve never seen before.

9. Blackpool to Fleetwood

I traverse the longest promenade in Britain, surely it must be? This section of the walk should have chalked off three piers and a ferry, but I was to be disappointed!

8. Warton to Blackpool

This was my first proper day-night walk. The first half on banks and paths, the second half along the beach. I planned to come into Blackpool after sunset – after all, Blackpool is so much nicer in the dark!

7. Preston to Warton

This walk starts off lovely, quickly turns depressing, then briefly becomes lovely again before sinking in the mud and becoming totally disheartening! Oh well, I didn’t expect too much different, to be honest.

6. Tarleton to Preston

This was a really pleasant walk – first up the eastern bank of the River Douglas, then the south bank of the Ribble, and all the way into Preston.

5. Banks to Tarleton

This day started badly, picked up nicely, then deteriorated at the end!

4. Southport to Banks

On a cold, very windy day, at the beginning of February, I make the relatively short journey from Southport Pier to the strangely named village of Banks, and learn a little more about birds.

3. Formby to Southport

A long walk along an even longer beach. I get bored even though I’m in the most spectacular landscape, then end up feeling guilty about it!

2. Crosby to Formby

My second ever coastal walk is lovely, mixing dunes, countryside, and beaches. It can’t get much better than this!

1. Liverpool to Crosby

On the very first stage of my round-Britain coastal walk, I get a bit emotional at the start, bored in the middle, and exhilarated at the end. Here we go, woohoo!