I AM PLANNING TO ATTEMPT OFFAS DYKE PATH IN 2006. I SEE THAT YOUR "EXPERTS" STRONGLY RECOMMEND PREBOOKING ACCOMMODATION. I DID THE PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH IN JULY 2002 AND AS A RESULT OF SIMILAR ADVICE DID JUST THAT. I FOUND IT WAS UNNECESSARY. THERE WERE PLANTY OF VACANCIES FOR B&B. THE ONLY PROBLEM WE FOUND WAS WITH THE LARGER YOUTH HOSTELS WHICH WERE PERMANENTLY FULLY BOOKED DUE TO SCHOOL PARTIES BUT THIS PROBLEM WAS EASILY OVERCOME.
FURTHERMORE PREBOOKING ACCOMMODATION COMMITS YOU TO MAKING A CERTAIN LOCATION. IF YOU ARE DOING A WALK FOR THE FIRST TIME (WHICH MANY PEOPLE DO) YOU HAVE LITTLE IDEA HOW FAR YOU WILL MAKE. WE OFTEN WALKED PAST VACANT ACCOMMODATION JUST TO MAKE OUR PREBOOKED ACCOMMODATION ARRIVING THERE LATE AND SHATTERED.
S. MASON