South West Coast Path – Route and Gear List

South West Coast Path Gear

Hi folks, just a quick one with details of my daily route and gear list for the South West Coast Path. This is 1013km (630 miles) of wonderful hiking along the UK's longest national trail.

The gear list is a little different to my gear for Te Araroa trail New Zealand. Main differences as follows:

Pack: Osprey Eja 45 litre replaced my Lowe Alpine 45-55 litre pack. The Osprey was lighter and much more comfortable, and had heaps of room for all my gear. I would have been more than OK with...

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South West Coast Path Itinerary

South West Coast Path Map

I thru hiked the UK South West Coast Path during June and July 2018. As it turns out I timed my hike to coincide perfectly with the UK's hottest summer on record.  The trail took 43 days in total, with a few short days and only 2 full rest days. In all this time I only had a couple of days of rain.

The South West Coast Path is obviously a completely different beast to New Zealand's Te Araroa trail. It is roughly 1000Kms - a third of the distance of Te Araroa trail but with half of the...

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SWCP Day 43. Langton Matravers to South Haven Point

Today's distance walked - approx 25 kms (15.5 miles).
Ascent - approx 350m (1086 ft).

I was up early, even for me today, and enjoyed my breakfast at 5am with a gorgeous sunrise. I said goodbye to Steve and left camp at 6.40. As I walked the couple of Kms back to the coast path, the sun was catching the Eastern end of the Isle of Wight beautifully. It was another fab morning on trail! As I walked back down to Dancing Ledge a couple were sleeping in each others arms on a mattress on the cliff...

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SWCP Day 42. Lulworth to Langton Matravers

Today's distance walked - approx 26kms (16 miles).
Ascent - approx 1150m (3772 ft).

Lulworth got a light sprinkle of rain last night, but nothing that's done anything to break the drought. My tent was a little wet, but was dry by the time I packed it. I woke at 5.15am and had a light breakfast in the lounge of the YHA. There were a few people up already, who were also hiking this weekend, so we got talking over a coffee. The official YHA breakfast began at 7.30 with cereals etc. Then the...

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SWCP Day 41. Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove

Today's distance walked - approx 10 kms (6.2 miles).
Ascent - approx 630m (2066 ft).

When I got up this morning there was rubbish all over the camping field, so I picked up the overturned bins and picked all the rubbish in my section. Just as I was walking to the bathroom, the overnight warden, who had also just surfaced, stopped by to thank me. It's nice to make someone's day a little bit easier! Apparently the local wildlife likes to have a rummage around the bins at night sometimes.


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SWCP Day 40. Castletown, Portland to Osmington Mills

Today's distance walked - approx 13 kms (8 miles).
Ascent - approx 100m (328 ft).

I woke at 5am and had a coffee and Museli bar in my little hotel room. I went downstairs for breakfast at 7.15am, and chatted to the new hotel owners about the history of the building and their plans to restore it's seafaring heritage. I left at 9am. The sun came out at 9.30, as I was making my way back via the marina. At Ferrybridge the trail followed a historic railway line route to Weymouth.

Mid way, I...

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