Many other people have done this walk, and several have written blogs about it. These have helped me plan my route so I am indebted to them. Let me introduce several of them and their blogs:

Ruth Livingstone (clockwise) decided that after many years as a GP dispensing advice to her patients about keeping fit, she had turned into a couch potato herself.

In 2002, David Cotton (clockwise) started his walk from Edinburgh, raising money for the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Tony Frost (clockwise) had long thought about walking the coast but like most of us, jobs, marriage, mortgages, and kids came along and the idea faded.

In 2014, Pete Hill (clockwise) was a 50 year old, overweight, desk jockey who had the idea to tick an item off his bucket list and take on a challenge and a half, and attempt a 5000 mile, 10 month walk around the coastline of mainland Great Britain.

Alan Palin (clockwise) originally walked the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, South West Coastal Path, and the Norfolk Coastal Path, before thinking “Why not walk the lot?”

Helpful Mammal (clockwise) started walking the route in sections in 2009.

Melita (clockwise), a long distance walker specialist, started in London in January 2013, and has reached the Bristol area at the end of 2017.

Martin West (clockwise) started in 2009 at Dawlish, and by the end of 2016 had reached Scarborough.

Babs and Nancy (clockwise) both have full time jobs, partners, children and various other interests that take up the majority of their time, but still decided in 2014 to embark on the mission to walk the British mainland coastline, starting at the classic cliff of death at Beachy Head.

In February 2017 Ken Scott (clockwise) set off from his home in West Sussex to walk around the British coast, a journey planned at 5600 miles.

Eight years after having a heart transplant, Kieron Sandwell (anticlockwise), an adult survivor of congenital heart disease,  set himself the challenge to raise £20,000 for the British Heart Foundation by walking 5000 miles around the coastline of Britain.

After turning 60, and largely inspired by the TV series ‘Coast’ Dave Higgins   (anticlockwise) started the walk that had been on the cards for a few years.

For James Wearmouth (anticlockwise), the idea of doing a walk around the coastline of Britain wasn’t an instant one. It was an idea developed over a number of years, possibly from every time he visited the coast and took a little walk along the beach.

Over Sunday lunch, Jane Morgan (anticlockwise) tentatively revealed to her family her intention to walk around the coast of Britain, beginning that summer. Jane’s daughter Jen asked if she could come too, and so they set off on what became the most wonderful adventure.

Not for any particular reason other than sheer enjoyment, Jon Combe (anticlockwise) planned to walk the whole coast of mainland Britain (and perhaps some of the islands too), doing it in stages over a number of years.

In 2010, Nat Severs (clockwise) then aged 24, decided to walk 7000 miles around the entire coastline of mainland Britain for three great charities, The Stroke Association,
The Mammal Society, and Southampton Hospital Paediatric Physiotherapy Department.

One morning in 2011, the idea of walking the coast of Britain came to Patricia Richards-Skensved (clockwise), who loves the sea, enjoys walking and really needed an activity to calm her down!

Philip Williams (clockwise) walked the coast in stages as a tribute to his mum, who has Alzheimer’s, raising more than £62,000.

In 2011, a Nic and his whole family, including two 8-year old twins, bravely decided to stop pondering and just get on with walking (clockwise) around the coast of Britain.

In April 2015, Quintin Lake (clockwise) started his photography project, “The Perimeter”, based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain in sections. He expects the journey to take around 5 years.

In 1998, Colin and Rose (anticlockwise) decided to “turn left at Bognor Pier”, and just kept going!

Bob McIntyre is doing the walk slightly differently – in three major sections – around the coast of Wales, around England, and around Scotland.

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