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#407226 - 19/09/16 09:58 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Cracking John well done, looking forward to reading your account of your trip.
Dave.

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#407227 - 25/09/16 05:24 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Just thought, you have only got to climb the height of Everest next time (and a bit more) to finish.
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#407228 - 28/09/16 10:31 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: Harland]
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What a comforting thought! Yes, just over 80,000 feet done and there's you telling me it is all downhill from now on
On the plus side I am doing it in 11 days; much faster than these mountaineering types take to do Everest apparently grin

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#407229 - 29/09/16 09:32 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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The year I walked it more people climbed Everest than walked all of the SWCP, that must confirm that walking the SWCP is harder!

Whilst on the subject of Everest, an old quiz question:-

What was the highest mountain in the world before Everest was discovered?
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.Answer "Everest" as it was there even though it hadn't been discovered!
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#407230 - 29/09/16 03:49 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: Harland]
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In an attempt to be credible I will do the last leg in April next year. I started on the 1st may last; so at least I can say I did it within one calendar year!

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#407231 - 29/09/16 03:59 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Here's a question for you and Slogger...
Would you have a feel for how likely the refuge hut below Auchope Cairn is to be occupied overnight? I am just thinking about a PW next August. It is not so much not wanting to do the whole section to Byrness in one go ( although it is a bit of a stretch), but logistics. I could travel up by train to Berwick and get to KY in the afternoon. It is about 7 miles to the hut (about 3 hours as I recall up and down and over the Schill). Thus I could get there by about 6pm. This would save me mooching about in KY for hours and would make for a somewhat easier walk the following day. I guess I could bunk down there even if there is someone in but maybe not if there is a hut full....

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#407232 - 29/09/16 05:07 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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That's a hard one but I don't think many stay there overnight. Most nights I would say it would be unoccupied and I would think worth a chance. The only problem as I'm sure you are aware is that if it is full, it's another 10 miles to the next one, with nothing in between.
If it were me I'd chance it and be prepared to walk on to the next if need be.
Dave.

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#407233 - 29/09/16 05:17 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Sorry can't help with that one. I walked South to North using the Forest View service of staying there 2 nights and being transported back from half way to Kirk Yetholm and back to that point the following day. I think they do it in the other direction but I guess that you would get there too late for this service.
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#407234 - 30/09/16 01:46 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: Slogger]
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It was just a thought really; a way to split the long section up right at the start of the walk. I know it can be done but it is a long old haul with a full pack; especially if the weather is down. When I walked in last year (same split as you Harland), a couple of people did stay overnight having walked from Byrness and for whatever reason did the few hours to the finish the following morning. On balance though I guess most people; having done the 19 miles would press on to the finish.
Also it is unlikely to be so full as to not have some space on the floor.
The four hour walk to Lamb Hill would be just about doable in daylight I suppose in august...

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#407235 - 03/10/16 09:32 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Whilst I didnít measure the walk or count the bridges etc. I understand from my research at the time that: -

The path was 630 miles (1014km) long. It was graded easy for 103 miles, moderate for 276 miles, strenuous for 185 miles and severe for 66 miles.

There were 2,473 signs and way-mark posts

There were 921 stiles and 26,719 steps

The path crossed 17 large rivers, 11 by ferry, 2 by bridge, 2 by walking round and regrettably 2 by taxi

I used 2 taxis because the ferry to cross the Percuil River from St Mawes to Place was not running as it was too windy. In addition because low tide was not due for 5 hours I had a taxi to take me round to the other side of the River Erme. Both of them took about 30 minutes each to get me around the rivers.

There were 302 bridges in total
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