Saturday 24 January 2015

Coasting 2015: Our rough schedule

We're now in week 4 of our walk around the coast of GB, having a rest day in St Ives. We've walked just over 300 miles and enjoyed some spectacular scenery. We've been very lucky with the weather so far, and are just starting to settle into a rhythm. We've rough camped 9 times and have spent the rest of our nights in a range of pubs, B & Bs, hotels & guest houses (we have yet to work out the difference between them!). 

We have a rough ETA for arriving at a few major points along the way. So far we're on target, but it's very early days and we expect to have to make adjustments later. 

Our rough schedule is as follows;

16/2/15.   Cross into Wales
31/3/15.   Cross back into England
19/4/15.   Cross into Scotland
10/9/15.   Cross back into England
8/11/15.   Cross the River Thames
25/12/15. Arrive home. 

Today I spent an hour on The Island doing my bit for the RSPB Garden Birdwatch, notching up 11species (Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Meadow Pipit, Crow, Starling, Stonechat & Herring Gull). I also added Common Gull, Purple Sandpiper, Razorbill & Guillemot to our Trip List, which is now on 82. The list also includes Chough, Great Northern Diver & Med Gull. 

Some more photos:
(The header photo was a view of Cape Cornwall taken from our rough camping site)

Simon striding off towards Land's End in our first sprinkle of snow

Our only 2 Cornish Chough so far, near Kynance Cove

St Michael's Mount, Penzance

Spectacular scenery & craggy paths

Fulmars gave us great views playing on an updraft

Our first sea mammal, a Grey Seal. We also saw about 10 Bottlenose Dolphins today in St Ives bay. 

A welcome visit by Delia & Libby who  joined us for a walk at Land's End. They bought cake & took away some unused kit. 

We're in Cornish tin mine country

We'll set off first thing in the morning, now heading East along the North coast. We're looking forward to more stunning scenery, and hopefully some milder weather. Roll on Spring!

The link to Mary's map, showing our progress:

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