A cape to cape WALK
A 1250 mile backpacking adventure through Britain ...
On a chilly late April morning in 2014, I set off to walk from Cape Cornwall in South West England to Cape Wrath on the north-west tip of Scotland. The 1250 mile-long backpacking trek was planned as a pre-retirement celebration of my fast-approaching seventieth birthday. It was to be an amazing journey, taking me through some of Britain’s finest hill and wilderness country, sharing the woods and high moors with skylarks, curlews and shuffling creatures of the night.
Starting out at Cape Cornwall near to Land's End, I follow the South West Coast Path along the stunning sea cliffs through Cornwall’s historic tin and copper mining district. At Newquay I turn inland to head across Bodmin Moor, sleep among the dead at Brisland and almost get invited to a wedding in Launceston.
After crossing the historic River Tamar into Devon, I head across Dartmoor and Exmoor, and then turn east towards Glastonbury and Bath, where I get a free pair of boots. On Day 30 of the walk I cross into Wales on the ‘old’ Severn Bridge, letting out a defiant ‘Yeah’ as I clock up my first 300 miles.
Granite gateway to Cape Cornwall, at the start of the walk
19th century Twin Crowns tin mine
Trevean Cliffs, Cornwall
Godrevy Point – a popular suicide spot
John's Engine House at Tywarnhale Mine
Wheal Charlotte Mine Workings
Old iron mine workings, Perran
Boscarne Station, Bodmin, Cornwall
Sleeping with the dead, Blisland Cemetary
Boot drying time in the Hidden Valley, Trevallett
Ania & Darrens Wedding, Launceston, Rob Frost Photography
A bridge near Launceston, the last in Cornwall
... and if we were you, we would wash that stinky pullover!
A Dartmoor Mire with boot-rotting purple bog grass, Devon
A handy seat over the River Teign near Chagford, Devon
Kings Sedgemoor Drain, Somerset
Glastonbury Tor, where Abbot Whiting was hanged, drawn & quartered in 1539
What splendour! Wells Cathedral, Somerset
Full of cider, dare I? On the Severn Bridge with my new rucksack and boots
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Stage 1 - South West England
Stage 2 - Welsh Borders to Derbyshire Dales
Stage 3 - The Pennine Way
Stage 4 - Southern Uplands to Scottish Highlands
Stage 5 - Cape Wrath Trail
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