Saturday, 4 May 2013

More coastal walkers

This year is proving to be a bumper year for coastal walkers, with two more all-coasters currently out and about, two partial walkers doing the coasts of England and Wales, and one historical all-coastal walker.

Sadly Tommy Brabham, the young gent behind 'Shoelace Express' has had to drop out of his walk in South Devon due to injury.

That still leaves four or five people currently doing the entire coast in more-or-less one go. Thanks to everyone who has provided me with information on them.

My list of coastal walkers has been updated.

Chris McCullough Young

Chris McCullough Young started walking the coast on the 6th April 2011 and is walking anti-clockwise. He has reached Workington in Cumbria. He has sadly caught Lyme's Disease during his walk, but is continuing.

You can follow him at:

David Higgins

David Higgins set off from Withernsea on March 30th, walking anti-clockwise, and has sped up the coast as far as Montrose. He is raising money for Parkinson's UK.

You can follow him at:

Alan Dix

Alan Dix is currently walking the new Welsh Coastal Path, making a circuit using Offa's Dyke path.
You can follow him at:

Jon Coombe

Jon Coombe is walking much of the English coast in sections, and is currently in Somerset.

Dr Geebers

And one historic walker has been unearthed: a man naming himself 'Dr Geebers' walked 6,800 miles around the entire coast between 2009 and the end of 2011, creating sculptures on the way. He started in Brighton and walked clockwise.

He has a website outlining his art at

Coastal access improvements

Also: thanks to Jon Coombe for letting me know that Somerset County Council have produced the route of a 'coastal' walk from the end of the South West Coast Path at Minehead and Steart Point, at the mouth of the River Parrett. Maps and details can be found on their website. It is slightly disappointing - whilst the route avoids walking along the A39 between Williton and East Quantoxhead as I did on my walk, the alternative actually goes further inland, rather than going nearer the sea.