Week One 14-21 Jan 2019

It’s been a week since I left the beautiful Gower Peninsula where I live in Wales to walk the Coast of Britain and Ireland. To say it’s been a fabulous week is an understatement.

As I write this, I am now 100 miles into my Walk and today reached Tenby where I will rest up tomorrow before restarting Tuesday and heading to Stackpole. I have tried to build in a rest day every 7-10 days to preserve my feet, recharge my batteries and above all else have a wash 👀

50751103_1515003785297110_2831957330239684608_o.jpgI have had the pleasure of starting my walk with this lovely fellow who fresh from his Christmas duties accompanied me for several days. Carl Elliott. Safe travels to The States to see your family it’s been a ball x

On route the National Trust Gower not only helped with siting our tents and looking after us but Kathryn Thomas fed us too for which we are so grateful.

50305659_1515004425297046_5678153623821877248_oMy family treated us to a fantastic meal in the Ship Inn Port Eynon. They were extremely generous in donating a cheque for £200 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Coming up with the wonderful suggestion of donating a penny a mile. And donating now rather than waiting to the end of my Walk. Thank you so much

Day 3 we left the Gower to walk the beautiful Millennium Coastal Path to Burry Port and Carl said Goodbye.  Called in to the WWT Llanelli Wetlands Centre where I had a lovely welcome and a nice warm bowl of soup ….. just as well as the temperatures started to drop. This meant I became quicker at putting up and taking down my tent in the dark!

50847865_1515002885297200_6044623379095355392_oDay 4 together with Jason Phelps from BBC Radio Wales we were invited for a coffee at the new lifeboat station Burry Port where lifeboats Operations Manager Roger Bowen updated me with crucial lo cal knowledge of the Coast path and facilitated calls to Ferryside Lifeboat who kindly took me over the River Towy and saved a full days walking inland.

Jason Phelps also made a fantastic film of my journey so far. Click here to view

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On day 5 following a damp night in Llanstefan I set off to walk to Laugharne. When you talk about learning curves I am right at the bottom! As beautiful as the Coast Path is, at this time of year it is very tricky to cross in places and I ended up in the marshes, knee deep in mud and frozen. I slipped on a wooden boardwalk and literally my 35 pound rucksack took the full weight of the fall as I landed flat on my back.  The rain chucked it down Friday and as you can see from my picture in Laugharne the only part of me which was truly waterproof was my skin.

50231583_1515003075297181_4771048413418487808_oHaving braved the elements all week I was so delighted to be invited to the wonderful home of Sian Lima and her family. She not only collected me but dried everything and I mean everything by hanging it above the fire at her farm, preparing a superb meal and quite frankly bringing me back to my normal self.   Click here to see a lovely little video which Sian made of my time with them. What a wonderful family.

Being a regular parkrunner (and hoping to visit as many Parkruns as I can on my journey) Sian kindly drove me to Colby Parkrun the following morning, where I was welcomed by such a friendly group of Parkrunners and was able to walk the Parkrun and achieve the fastest p.b yet with my rucksack on. Before returning to Laugharne to recommence my walk.

Last night I found a pitch in Saundersfoot.It was freezing so tomorrow will be spent sourcing a season 4 sleeping bag and thermal clothing. I think we are in for a cold snap.

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Today I arrived in Tenby. I love it here ….family holidays…days supporting friends who compete in ironman. I met a man called Trevor today and had a guided tour of the town.. In Tenby he says you should leave nothing but foot prints and he is right. It’s a gem.

Tonight I have Wi-Fi, charge and a warm bed, thanks to the wonderful generosity of The Glenthorne Guesthouse Tenby who have warmly welcomed me here washed my clothes and looked after me in order to send me on my way on Tuesday. I did not expect the amazing help I have been given and its support like this which will keep me going for the next few years.

One day at a time.

Karen

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