With reference to another coast walker – David Cotton – and his superb website, this page has been put together as a tribute and record for others considering having a go or anyone with interest. These are the non-stop walkers I know of who have completed the walk without taking an extended break. I will look to compile a list of sectional walkers too so as to make the picture complete as not everyone can take a year or more away from real life to do the lot in one go. If you know of others or if you are intending to have go, please let me know. I have included anyone who claims to have completed 3,500 miles or more.
A few pig-headed hardcore purists and glory boys might not agree with me, but the mileage total isn’t the issue. There is no official route or way of doing such a walk. It doesn’t need to be a full kit carrying, high tide line scramble around every cliff to count as a huge achievement. Each person has set their own rules or objectives and some have honoured previous walkers by trying to follow in their footsteps. Unlike one self proclaimed champion walker who dismissed my effort and mileage using the words “I am a little concerned at your low mileage”, I wouldn’t deign to belittle the effort of anyone. OK, so maybe more than one person has exaggerated their achievement a little, but they only delude themselves. A truly well deserved congratulations to all.
And don’t forget the people who tried but for one reason or another, had to give up. Injury, exhaustion, illness, lack of resources / planning or personal needs can strike all too easily over an extended period. My research has revealed an approximate 50% success rate for those daft enough in the first place to make an attempt.
For the record I have worked out that non-stop GB Coast Walkers have raised well over £0.5 Million for charity to date. That’s got to be something!
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