Isle of Man. A walk up Snaefell. Travel Blog.

Isle of Man. A walk up Snaefell.

It is the only place in the British Isles where you can see seven kingdoms – England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Heaven and the Kingdom of the Sea. You may need binoculars, faith and a clear day though.

Travel Blog.Snaefell is the highest point in the Isle of Man. However the walk to the top is not too far from the car park near to the Joey Dunlop memorial statue.

Snaefell – details form Wikipedia

At first sight the path to the summit seems easy, but as with any mountain, there is always a ridge and more unexpected climbing afterwards. The walk would take 30-60 minutes to the summit, depending on fitness.

The first gate from the car park was broken and propped up against a fence. The second gate was a tight squeeze with just a small backpack and could not be attempted by someone who was over 16 stone in my opinion. A tramper vehicle used by someone who is disabled could not get through this either.

The Tramper  4 wheel drive scooters are very popular now and the RSPB (and many other tourist sites) at Leighton Moss, Carnforth has them to improve Disabled Access. Tramper vehicles for the Disabled at RSPB Carnforth, Lancashire

There is a website Access the Dales disabilty website and blog by Deb who has used a Tramper in the Dales and Lake District and is a Charity fund-raiser.

If I thought that the walk would be easy, then I was proved to be wrong, more of that later.

The weather forecast for the day was for fine weather and the summit cafe (closed in conjunction with the Mountain Railway Timetable) was visible, as were 2 telecommunication masts. The Manx Electric Railway has completed services for 2016. Services will resume in 2017 on Thursday March 9th, running until Sunday November 5th 2017. Website of Snaefell Mountain Railway Currently there is very little disabled access to Snaefell, and none for a wheelchair user.

The website of the Manx Electric Railway states Snaefell Mountain Railway: No wheelchair access is available on our mountain trams; additionally the Summit facilities do not provide full access for people with a disability. The steps on the cars are quite steep and some able bodied people will also have difficulty boarding these trams. Disability Access – Manx Electric Railway Online NOTE:- if you are a wheelchair user then you will need to give 48 hours notice to travel on the Electric Railway from Douglas to Ramsey.

The Summit is 220 metres of climb – but nearly a mile in distance from ‘The Bungalow’ where the Mountain Railway crosses the road.  The pathway is rough, even where some stones have been placed between a foot-worn gap between peat outcrops , the route is very uneven and unsafe.

I have walked up every Lake District Fell and have to say that for such a short distance to an important Mountain, very little attempt has been made for either disabled people or perhaps school children – who could be encouraged to have a school summit race up a safe zigzag style path. An alternative would be to have a path parallel to the Mountain Railway with gravel and retaining side-boards brought up by the Railway.

As the summit was reached there was a small amount of mist but the walk was worth it and the coast could be seen on either side of the Isle of Man, which was nice as it is not often the case.

On the way down I actually slipped on a steep bit of muddy path and fell down. It did shock my entire body and I honestly thought I must have broken my hip or arm. I was unhurt though, apart from a sore neck. As mentioned, I have done a lot of fell walking, and have nearly completed the Wainwrights twice without a single mishap. In addition, my boots were new. I have to say that the path is dangerous and needs to be re-routed and made safe.

Back at the car park there was the memorial to Joey Dunlop to visit and the Motorbike Mural. There is another memorial to Jimmy Guthrie on the way to Ramsey from here.

Research shows that people who are disabled are 20% of the tourist market but their expenditure is substantially more, partly due to travelling with relatives or a carer.

There are not that many well-known mountains that are accessible to disabled people and it would be creditable for the Isle of Man if Snaefell was ‘on the map’ for the Disabled community and their extensive networks and ‘grapevines.’

European Network for Accessible Tourism

Access for all a £12billion Market

 

 

 

 

 

Coast of Britain Cyclists, Runners, Walkers, Kayaker’s, Triathletes and Stand Up Paddlers.

Coast of Britain Cyclists, Runners, Walkers, Kayaker’s, Triathletes and Stand Up Paddlers. 100 or so  people in the Blog.  Includes other long distance UK people.

  1. Details of the Coastal Heroes Twitter List which you can add to your Twitter
  2. TV programmes relating to UK and Ireland Coast
  3. People  who have completed a major journey in 2016 or who are ongoing
  4. People who have completed a major journey prior to 2016
  5. Lands End to John O’ Groats
  6. Twitter Support accounts for Coastal Charity Fundraisers
  7. Useful links
  8. Books by Coastal Adventurers
  9. Tracking Apps (6) which could be useful
  10. How to use a Text Donation Service for your charity
  11. Some record runs, cycling etc

I keep finding new people, let me know if you think I have missed someone.

UK Coastal Heroes Twitter List

I have a list of 80 people on a list in Twitter ‘UK Coast Heroes’ which is a community of people who have had amazing adventures around some – or all – of UK and Ireland Coast, Lands End to John O’ Groats or canals and waterways. To access this public list go to @BoatPicsLancs or @ChrisJCoates – look for lists and then click on the list. Tweets from everyone in the list pop up as they are posted and then you can see where people are – and what they are saying – as they Tweet. If you ‘Subscribe’ that means that the list goes to your own personal lists for you to look at as and when you like. I enclose a screen shot which includes @TimMcKenna5 completing his 5000 charity bike ride around the UK at Tower Bridge on the 26th August 2016.

twitter fo coast heroes with tim mckenna  2

TV and Media News

The Sean Conway Documentary is on  NOWTV Online.

3 Part Documentary. Sean Conway Cycles, Swims, and Runs around the coast of Britain in a Coastal Triathlon Sean Conway, more about him in this blog

sean conway

South West Coastal Path Documentary Episode 1 via Paul Rose Twitter Link – more about him in the blog was on BBC South West this week but is on general ‘On Demand’ to 23rd of September or so.

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Sea Kayak documentary Jon Hynes and Sean Cahill around Ireland

COMPLETED 2016

sean conway blackSean Conway completed his 4290 miles Coastal Triathlon of mainland Britain in July 2016. He has previously cycled around Britain, swum from Lands End to Cape Wrath and ‘Cycled the World’ in 2012  -16,00 miles – 12,000 miles of those with a fractured spine. There is a 3 part documentary series about his Coastal Triathlon of Britain  on Discovery Channel ‘On The Edge.’ He is the Author of 4 books  Sean Conway website Twitter Twitter for Sean Conway

wayne russellWayne Russell completed his 5000 mile run around the coast of mainland Britain July 2016. Wayne ran the coast in memory of his sister Carmel.  He has raised over £30,000. Link to Charity Page with further details. Link to Superhero Foundation   BBC News Report News report 9th July 2016    Blog  Wayne Russell Blog Facebook Facebook Page of Wayne  Russell Twitter Twitter @mrwaynerussell

david livermoreDavid Livermore has completed 4000-5000 mile walk. He only had a few days of walk from Solway to Berwick along Scotland Border according to his last message. He has walked around the border of England including Offa’s Dyke Blog of the Solway section of Perimeter of England walk

tony frostTony Frost has completed 5000 miles walk around mainland Britain in July. He finished at Lands End. Blog of the walk Link for Donations Link for donations to Carers Trust and Dementia UK Twitter Twitter @Tobias_00

rob chapmanRob Chapman. In Spring 2016 ran the perimeter of Wales in memory of the late Tony John & to raise £25k in support of He completed this achievement on July 30th 2016. It was 1030 Miles and 39 Marathons MSW Challenge Rob Chapman perimeter of Wales account Link Moonshadow Wales Just Giving and Just Text link Twitter of MSWChallenge Twitter of MSW Challenge

paul roseExpedition Leader – Nat Geo Pristine Seas. Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society. TV & Radio Broadcaster. Explorer. Science support expert. Speaker .On BBC TV 9.30 24th August – possibly just South West and CI – maybe on catchup? Could be on again (October 2016) and Wolds Way (Spring 2017). Anyway he is walking 630 miles of the South West Coast Path for the series. Website Paul Rose – very smart website TwitterTwitter for Paul Rose

 

1-damian hallDamian Hall  Outdoor journalist & ultramarathon runner. Happiest when running or hiking long distances in lumpy places. IN 2016 Damian ran the 630 miles South West Coast Path in 10 Days 15 Hours and 18 Minutes, which is a record and the FKT (Fastest Known Time). The SWCP is Britains longest National Trail. Author of book ‘A Year on the Run.’  Newspaper Article  Newspaper article about Damians record run along The South West Coast Path Website Website for Damian Twitter Twitter for Damian

tim mckennaTim McKenna has completed his 5000 mile UK Cycle tour of the coast of Britain and Northern Ireland at Tower Bridge, London on Friday August 26th at 7 p.m. Tim’ Story story is in this link – worth a read!  Donations for Mind Link for Donations to Mind   Charity Linnk CharityLink for Donations to Mind Charity Twitter Twitter @TimMcKenna5

elise downingElise Downing finished her 5000 mile Charity run around the coast of mainland Britain on 27th August. She ran for 301 days and the equivalent of 192 marathons (Hopefully that’s correct) She finished at Greenwich, London. She used 7 pairs of trainers ‘and a lot of cake.’ Facebook  Facebook link Website WebsiteLink for donations to Beyond Food and Young Minds Twitter Twitter @EliseCDowning

jane volkerJane Volker walked the West Coast of Ireland for RNLI She completed the 1000 miles on the 3rd of August 2016.  Blog  Lovely blog with a lot of pictures Facebook Jane’s Facebook page with lots of lovely pictures Just Giving Page Just giving page for RNLI Twitter Twitter for Jane @WAWJaneJane

1-adrian everix 2Adrian Everix has just completed walking the English Coast. Not on social media much but  has compiled a blog to help others called ‘Walking the English Coast – the easy way!’  190 walks in 4 sections  Adrian Everix Blog

martyn westMartyn West has completed his 5000 mile epic walk. He started the walk in Nov 2009. He is finished on September 11th 2016 in Scarborough. Blog   Martyn’s Blog Twitter Twitter for Martyn @MartynWest5

john gale 11John Gale has walked 7,194 miles in 405 days To explain the mileage, he used almost no ferries which added over 1000 miles of estuaries and the islands added another 1000 miles around the Coast of Britain. He finished on the 17th Sep to complete this incredibly long walk. Blog  Blog of John Gale Twitter Link to John Gale Twitter

lizzie-carrLizzie Carr has Paddleboarded Britain from Surrey to the Northernmost point of Lancaster Canal near Kendal. On 11 May 2016, adventurer Lizzie Carr took the first strokes of an immense challenge: to become the first person ever to paddleboard the length of England via its canals and rivers. Not only was the 650km (400 mile) three-week journey a gruelling challenge of physical strength and endurance but it also serves an environmental purpose: along the route, Lizzie documented all the plastic pollution she discovered to raise awareness of the crisis faced by British waterways. Article of the journey of Lizzie Carr  Twitter Lizzie Twitter

james ketchellJames Ketchell. Cycled around the coast of Britain. He set off 15 Aug and finished on 20th Sep -37 days and 3000 miles.  Adventurer and Author of ‘The Ultimate Triathlon.’  Just Giving  Charity ‘Just Giving Page’ Donations to ‘Over The Wall’ Blog Blog of James Ketchell Twitter Twitter for James @CaptainKetch

1-tom-and-lillianLillian Deegan is the first Woman & 2nd person to run #WAW the 1,800 miles and 2,900km verified distance with Garmin. Wild Atlantic way in Ireland, taking 47 Days for @BilliesWorldIRE  Facebook  Facebook for Wild Atlantic Way Charity Ultra Run   Link to the tracker site with the route Tracker with the Wild Atlantic Way Route       Twitter for Lillian and Tom Twitter for the Ultra Run

1-tom-and-lillianTom Reynolds is the first person to run the Wild Atlantic Way 2016. It was 1,800 miles and 2,900km verified distance with Garmin. He took 34 days doing 2 marathons a day. Facebook  Facebook for Wild Atlantic Way Charity Ultra Run for @PietaHouse  Link to the tracker site with the route Tracker with the Wild Atlantic Way Route  Twitter for Lillian and Tom Twitter for the Ultra Run Link to donation page for Pieta House Donation page for The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide

monn-keavenneyEamonn Keaveney He walked 1200km barefoot from May to July 2016 and ended the walk in Dublin. He still has 800km to go as he is  walking back to Claremorris. He raised over €10,000 for Pieta. The charity link  Pieta house link   Newspaper article  Eamonn newspaper article Twitter Twitter for Eamonn Facebook for Eamonn Facebook for Baring My Soles

👣GuinnessWorldRecord breaker for the longest journey 👣

Alan watkinsAlan Watkins started his 2,795 Mile walk around Britain on April 23rd from Plymouth and  finished  23rd Sep 2016 on Plymouth Hoe at 12 noon.  Facebook Alan Watkins Facebook page Just Giving Page  Just giving page for County Air Ambulance Trust

 

nikki-dorey-lisa-jacob-photo  nikki-dorey-lisa-jacobNikki Dorey & Lisa Jacob raced 2,200kms around Ireland in under 132 hours for Suicide or Survive. Aim to raise €100,000 for mental health interventions. Finished Sep 2016 Website Cycling around Ireland Twitter Twitter

1-rough-ready-rowRough Ready Row Team (Andrew Mason, Skipper – Wim Stevenson, Fred Moore, Kyle Booysens  rowed 2,000 miles non-stop around Britain. Started June 1 2016  and took 40 days. In aid of NKM Trust. Have raised 82k   Twitter Twitter Link   Facebook Facebook Website Website

Nick Blog of Nick

 

ONGOING 2016

ben 1-ben-smithBen Smith, Ben is running 401 marathons around the UK Running 401 consecutive marathons. He is at 392 Sep 28th.   Raising £250k for & to tackle bullying. Finishing  Oct 2016. Sponsored by  Twitter Twitter for the 401 Challenge Just Giving Link Just Giving 401 Challenge Website 401 Challenge Website

nick-is-running-14 Nick is running 3000 miles in 2016 which is impressive. Running Mrs D & Little Ds! For all that’s running, trying to run further & further. Running trails. 2015miles in 2015 complete now for 3000miles in 2016 Blog Nick blog  Twitter Twitter for Nick

andy phillipsAndy Phillips has done the majority of mainland Britain and his last post on Twitter showed him walking a section near to Grimsby  Lots or great photos on his twitter account. Twitter for Andy @APCAFC

alex ellis-roswellAlex Ellis-Roswell has completed his walk around the entire coast of Ireland in August and is continuing along the coast of Britain aiming for 6500 miles. RNLI Donations Link for donations to RNLI Facebook Link to Alex Facebook with daily blog and pictures Twitter Twitter for Alex @ELLISROSWELL

wayne and kodaWayne Dixon and his dog Koda are heading towards Lochgilphead as at 23rd August on his epic litter picking coastal walk of 7000 miles  Facebook Wayne and Koda Facebook page and blog Story The story of Wayne and Koda and Keeping Britain Tidy Donation link Mind Wayne and Koda’s Donation link to MIND Charity Donation link Northern Inuit Rescue Wayne and Koda’s Donation Link to Northern Inuit Rescue Society Twitter Twitter for Wayne and his dog Koda @WayneKoda

1-1-dsc_5029-001Nick Creagh-Osborne has walked 3500 miles around the coast of mainland Britain so far ‘Man walks the World’ Nicks blog with some beautiful photos

 

ruth livingstoneRuth Livingstone has done 2500 miles of the coast of Britain in stages and was last in Blackpool in August.  Author of New book August 2016 ‘Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide’ Blog Blog of Ruth’s coastal trek which is very popular. Twitter Twitter for Ruth @RuthlessTweets

natalia spencerNatalia Spencer has completed 6 months of a year long 5000 mile (approx) coast walk of Britain in memory of her daughter Elizabeth. She has reached https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matthew-Ryan15 Melvaig Lighthouse. Donations  Link for Donations to the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal for Bristol Childeren’s Hospital Facebook Facebook of Natalia and is a day to day blog Daily Mail Aaticle Daily Mail article about Elizabeth Twitter Twitter for Natalia @ElizabethFPrint

josh hicksJosh Hicks – reached 2000 miles August at Ardlamont, Scotland. He estimates that he will walk 6000 miles. At Machrihanish. Facebook  Facebook link Instagram shesafairhike Newspaper article Newspaper article in North West Evening Mail Donations ‘Can Teen’ Link for donations to ‘Can Teen’ Australia Donations ‘Chwith Cancer’ Link for donations to Children with Cancer Twitter Twitter for Josh @ShesAFairHike

lucy newcombeLucy Newcombe started at Tower Bridge on  Monday 6th April 2015 and walking anti-clockwise.was in the final stages of her walk around the coast of Britain in August and estimates that it is 5 – 6000 miles. Has been on Radio 4 with Claire Balding about her journey. Her last post was Eastbourne to Hastings Aug 16th  Quality blog from Lucy with many pictures  Quality Blog from Lucy with many pictures

charlie headCharlie Head is ‘Stand-up Paddle Boarding’ around the coast of Great Britain. Currently paddling up the East Coast and was in the Scottish Borders in August. Not sure of what distance he has covered or his estimated distance. He is here there and everywhere at the moment Charlie Head Website The Big Stand @thebigstanduk The Charity Donate £3 for Charlies SUPper Donate some SUPper for Charlie (£3)CharlieHead      Facebook Facebook Page  Twitter Twitter for Charlie @OCEANSUPHEAD

quintin lakeQuintin Lake is a Landscape Photographer and was last at Creeping Hole Point, Cornwall in August. He has walked over 2000km of an estimated 10,000km on a project called ‘The Perimeter’ where he is photographing the coast as he walks around it.  Website Quintin Lake Website The 5 year Photography project The Perimeter, a 5 year Coast walking and Photography project Twitter Twitter for Quintin @QuintinLake

taraTara Foster is from Australia. She started her tour around the coast of Ireland on the 19th of September. Her AppleMac Laptop was stolen in Dublin. She expects it to take 3 months. #AroundIrelandOnAPushie BlogTara’s Blog Twitter Twitter for Tara @taraustralis

simon clarkSimon Clark is up to Day 120 of a 5000 mile Coastal Run and is in North Wales? Was on the Solway Coast 31st July possibly according to his facebook Blog Simons blog on Facebook Charity Link Simons charity Ecologia Twitter Twitter for Simon @Simonsrun

david gangeDavid Gange is in Orkney at the moment. David is Kayaking/walking down all the Atlantic coasts of the British Isles (started in Shetland in July, doing a leg each month until Aug 2017) for a book with Harper Collins called The Frayed Atlantic Edge  Website David’s new Website just completed Blog Link to David Gange Blog. Mountain, Coast, River Twitter Twitter for David @David_Gange

christina simmondsChristina Simmonds. Walking every one of the 138 Welsh Mountains above 2000ft, as well as 870 miles of the Welsh Coastal Path and 177 miles of Offa’s Dyke
Combined mountain height: 49.75 miles up!!
Distance: 1047 non mountain miles.   Start date: 20th March 2016.Blog Blog of Christina Simmonds Twitter Twitter link of Wandering Bug UK, Christina

1-alice miltonAlice Milton Walking around Britain.Currently walking 5000 miles around the coast of Britain in a year. In aid of World Land Trust. She has walked around the entire coast of Scotland in 4 months as of Sep 2nd. Just Giving Alice Milton Just Giving Link Kickstarter Alice Milton Kickstarte Link Twitter Twitter for Alice Milton

phil bradburnPhil Bradburn Running around the coast of the UK in sections. Last section Hythe to Bournmouth in April running 50 miles a day for 4 days in a team of Phil Bradburn, Keith Dean, Paul Commons, Marek Kowalak, and Michael Nowicki from the Maidstone Harriers.Has done 400 miles of 5000 miles.  Just Giving page RNLI  Just Giving page for RNLI Twitter Twitter for Phil Website #RunTheCoast Website of Phil Bradburn

andrew gibbsAndrew Gibbs #CycleUKCoast Cycling the UK Coast in sections. Started from London and is going clock-wise. Has reached South Wales and was in Mumbles in Swansea Bay on the 3rd of September Twitter Twitter for Andrew Gibbs

1-matthew ryan 2Matthew Ryan is running around the perimeter of Wales including Offa’s Dyke. A total of 1044  miles in 5 weeks. He is hoping to raise £5000 to help a friend who is paralysed. He aims to finish on Oct 1st 2016. Matthew cycled 4000 miles previously from New York to San Francisco  Just Giving Link Just giving link for Matthew Newspaper article Newspaper article about the run  Instagram as DykieVision2    Link for information Matthew Ryan

kevin-moranKevin Moran. Ongoing Charity Walker. Sep 20th 2016 = Day 630  | Targetted Miles : 1726  | Miles Walked : 1045.09 (104.509%) Website and blog Kevin Moran  Just Giving Parkinsons Just Giving Link Twitter Twitter link

helpful-mammalHelpful Mammal is walking around the coast. Started in Kent 2010 and is in Girvan, Scotland as at 3rd Sep  2016 ‘Walk 151 Girvan to Ayr. Very good blog Twitter Twitter  Blog Blog of Helpful Mammal

1-craig-adamsCraig Adams is walking 7000 miles unsupported around Britain in memory of his mother, as finances allow.  He is hoping to resume September or October 2016. Charity Fundraiser for MacMillan   Just Giving for MacMillan Twitter Craig Adams Twitter  Very good blog with lots of information Craigs Walk Blog

1-eddie-cravenEddie Craven. Eddie started in Exeter, Devon in August 2013 and made it to Aberdeen in Scotland by the first week of January. Has paused the walk at present Just Giving Page still open for Veterans Aid Just Giving Link for Veterans Aid Newspaper Article Newspaper Article Eddie Facebook Eddie Facebook Page

1-marty-hollandMarty Holland. Marty is walking 4000kms around the coast of Ireland to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. 1150 miles walked so far. He starts again April 2017 in 6 Counties,  Marty Holland Blog Blog of the Walk Link to ‘My Charity’ Link for a charity donation to ‘My Charity’  Twitter Link Twitter link for Marty Holland

 

PENDING OR STARTING IN 2017

1-walk run ride-001Paul Suggitt is completing 10,000 miles by , and in 365 days.Supporting He starts on Jan 1 2017 You Tube You Tube Video of Paul and his 10,000 mile journey in 2017 Twitter Twitter for Paul Suggitt WRR Challenge

 

adrianne hillAdrianne Hill. Challenge pending at the moment due to injury.  Challenge #3 will see cancer survivor and depression fighter Adrianne Hill cycle 5000 miles, run from John O’Groats to Lands End  and SUP Bristol to London for Mind and Cancer Research UK. The challenge will be a world record attempt and the 26 year-old hopes to raise £100k for the charities. Website  Link to website of Challenge #3 Just Giving Link Link to Just Giving for Mind and Cancer Research UK Twitter Adrianne Hill link to Twitter

tegan phillipsTegan Phillips  Not sure yet when she starts – has been in Wales but may have to go to New Zealand Website Website ‘Unclipped Adventure’ Twitter Twitter for Tegan @Unclippd

sarah-weldonSarah Weldon.The Great British Viking Quest (#GBVQ) is a weekly documentary series following Alderney island based Sarah Weldon as she undertakes her Viking Quest ocean row around the coast of Britain. On her quest, Sarah will revisit the places that the Viking age people saw 1000 years earlier. Filming these in 360degrees as part of her work with schools worldwide.
But before the expedition can begin, Sarah must raise the money, build a boat, learn to row and sail, plan a route, and get as much sea experience as she can before summer 2017. Twitter Twitter link for Sarah Website and details of Great British Viking Quest Great British Viking Quest

 

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People completed prior to 2016

Belinda Kirk The Seagals are proud owners of a new Guinness world record of 51 days 16 hrs and 42 mins for an all-female crew rowing unaided around UK! Twitter Twitter Rowing news GB Row Challenge

jon-hynesJon Hynes and Sean Cahill set off from the Old Head of Kinsale on the 16th June 2015 and Kayaked around Ireland. They covered over 1500km of coastline and completed it in 38 days! Facebook Facebook Link News article News article of the round Ireland Kayak trip  Twitter for Jon Twitter for Jon Hynes I can’t find twitter for Sean Cahill   YouTube 45 minute documentary of Kayak around Ireland

1-john-merrill-picJohn Merrill. John did the first walk around the entire British Coastline, 7000 miles (11,000 km). Altogether he has walked 217,000 miles around the world and he created the profession of Marathon Walker. He is the Author of several books including ‘Turn Right at Lands End’ Wikipedia article of John Merrill

 

helen krasnerHelen Krasner. Coastal Pioneer. She was one of the first few people to walk the Coast of Britain. In 1986/87 she walked 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain, gaining a ‘Guinness Book of Records’ entry. She wrote about this adventure in her first book ‘Midges, Maps & Muesli.’ Career was Helicopter Pilot. Twitter  Twitter for Helen

Helen’s website with details of possibly the first book written about a walk around the entire coast of Britain

 

Anna HughesAnna Hughes 4000 miles Bike Ride around Coast of Britain. Author of book ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle’ Website  Website of Anna Hughes Twitter Twitter for Anna @eatsleepcycle

jack allenJack Allen (via daughter @Kendie) 4500 miles Bike Ride miles around Coast of Britain 2009. Did this at the age of 74 Jack Allen Blog

mike carterMike Carter Author of book ‘One Man and his Bike’ In the spring of 2009 Mike Carter started on a 5,000 mile journey around the edge of Britain. For five months he cycled, camped or relied on the hospitality of strangers, discovering a level of happiness he thought he’d lost forever. Website  One Man and his Bike details Guardian Article Guardian article about Mike Carter Twitter Twitter for Mike @GetCarter7

phil swanstonPhil Swanston Cycled 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain in 2010 for Alzheimers Blog of Phil Swantson 5000 mile cycle route 2010 for Alzheimers

james harveyJames Harvey  Cycled 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain in 2013 then cycled 10,000 miles around Europe 2015. Website James website ‘Self Propelled Life’ Cycling Blog Cycling Blog Strava James on Strava Twitter Twitter for James @Jam_har

nick rayNick Ray Sea-Kayaked around the coast of Scotland in 2015. He Kayaked 1850 miles. Writing a book ‘Strong Winds Are Forecast’ RNLI Article RNLI news article about the amazing Kayak journey Nicks Website Nick Ray website Twitter Twitter for Nick @LifeAfloat

dwight and lewis woodDwight Wood and Lewis Wood   Cycled 3000 miles around the coast of Britain and finished 2016. Blog 2Boys2Wheels 2 Boys 2 Wheels Blog. A very good record of a great journey

stephen medlockStephen Medlock cycled 4000 miles around the coast of Britain in 2012 with Daughter Kirsty Ho Fat.Blog  Stephens Blog Twitter Twitter for Stephen @StephenMedlock

kirsty ho fatKirsty Ho Fat cycled the coast of Britain with Dad Stephen Medlock. 4000 Miles in 66 Day. Blog Blog of Cycling the Coast of Great Britain of Kirsty and father Steve Medlock Twitter Twitter for Kirsty Ho Fat 

maggie scorerMaggie Scorer completed 5000 miles Bike Ride with her Retriever Maggie in August 2015. Charity Details Details of the Charities Twitter Twitter for Maggie @DogOnTourMaggie

steve webbSteve Webb. After walking 1044 miles around Wales on the Offa’s Dyke and Wales Coast Path in 2012, now work for the YHA at Pen y Pass and run the Outdoor Gear Exchange Uk Group on FB . Blog Steve’s Blog Twiter Twitter for Steve

arry beresford webbArry Beresford-Webb 1st person to run the entire 1027 mile (39 marathon) perimeter of Wales in 40 days, in aid of Velindre & Gozo CCU! Proud Velindre Fundraising Ambassador. Website Website for Arry Beresford-Webb Twitter Twitter for Arry Beresford-Webb

tony and gill pearsonTony and Gill Pearson Cycled 4,500 miles around Britain clockwise in 2014. Details and an ongoing blog of their life at Blog  Gill and Tonys blog Twitter Twitter of Tony Pearson

stuart JessupStuart Jessup. In 2011/12 my springer spaniel, Poppy, & I walked England’s coast. Then post-prostate-op in 2013 we walked Wales Coast Path to raise awareness of mental health. Website  Stuart Jessup website Twitter Twitter for Stuart Jessup

 

john russellJohn Russell. Walked 1,008km South West Coast Path in May 2013 to raise funds for Outdoor Education for 3 Lewisham Schools (2 SEN) Walk Details Details of John’s Walk and Charity Wide Horizons Twitter Twitter for John Russell

em bellEm Bell.  Stand-up paddle boarded the Lower Missouri. Kayaked the length of Britain (Lands End to Cape Wrath) in 2013 supporting Sean Conway who was the first person to swim the length of Britain and she became one of the few people to Kayak the length of Britain.   Managing Editor.  Account of the Kayak trip Em Bell account of her Kayak from Lands end to Cape Wrath – the most north-westerly point of the UK mainland Twitter Twitter link for Em Bell

andy and jane mortonAndy and Jane Morton. Kayaked 3,000 miles around the coast of Britain and Ireland raising funds for our charities the Merlin MS Centre & RNLI. This was in 2013. Blog Kayaked 3000 miles around UK and Ireland Blog Facebook link, still posting Facebook link ‘Kayaking Around Britain and Ireland’ Twitter Twitter link

richard BrashRichard Brash 4410km cycling, running, kayaking and swimming around Britain in 28 days in 2015  Facebook/Blog Facebook and blog of Richard Just Giving  Just Giving Page of Richard for Pepper Childrens Hospice Twitter Twitter link for Richard Brash

1-linda pritchardLinda Pritchard. Ran 4000 miles around coast of UK (Including Northern Ireland) in 1989 for Cancer Research. Website of UK Coast Run with detailed blog of the run

martin yellingMartin Yelling. Martin ran the 630 miles  of the SWCP South West Coast Path in just 21 days. It’s a ‘Long Run Home’ (he lives in Poole) started on July 11th and finished on July 31st 2016. Talks about running .  Dad, speaker, writer, coach, relentlessly positive. Website Martin Yelling Website with the details of Long Run Home Twitter Twitter for Martin Yelling

spud talbot ponsonby bookSpud Talbot-Ponsonby.  She walked around the Coast with her D0g  and took 10 months for the circuit.  The book of the journey is called ‘Two Feet, Four Paws, Walking the Coastline of Britain.’

Untitledpaul barber and wendy bathardPaul Barber and Wendy Bathard A pair of round Britain walkers walked round the coast of Britain on a 5,000 mile marathon in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Paul Barber and Wendy Bathard, from Bovey Tracey in Devon, set off from John O’Groats, Scotland in November 2006 with their dog Havoc. Article about the journey of Paul Barber and Wendy Bathard

kris kingKris King spent a month in 2014 cycling 2650 miles of the coastline of the UK. He cycled 100 miles – or ran a marathon for 34 days straight – without any rest days – in a bid to raise awareness and money for the Huntington’s Disease & raised £20,000. Award winning coach, adventurer & motivational speaker with a sense of adventure bigger than his bank balance.Race Director for @ultimateupdates. Just Giving Page at the time Kris King Just Giving Page  Yorkshire Post Article at the time Yorkshire Post Article Twitter Twitter for Kris

dave higginsDave Higgins. Walked 5630 miles which took him 15½ months from 30th March 2013 to 12th July 2014. The walking was more or less continuous with intended rest days and short breaks for commitments etc.He has written a very comprehensive blog which would be a valuable resource to anyone doing the walk.  Coasting Around Britain Blog  Just Giving Page for Parkinsons Dave Higgins Just Giving page and story

1-paul harveyPaul Harvey ‘Strollin’ round the Edge’ walked the coast of Britain in 1996 and is doing a retrospective day by day account on Facebook 20 years on.   I can’t find out how many miles he did but in the blog ( 5th September re 5th Sep 1996) he as reached  Day 75.  To Little Gruinard.  12 Miles that day and 1325 Total so far.  Facebook Paul Harvey Facebook link Twitter Twitter for Paul

christian-nockChristian Nock – from Blackpool – walked 19 months and 8000 miles around the coast of Britain and raised £170,000 for Help for Heroes in 2012-14. He slept rough every night of the 19 months and  went through 14 pairs of Boots. BBC News report of the end of the jouney Scotland Outdoors  article Scotland Outdoors Article
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1-shally-and-richard-huntShally and Richard Hunt a 52 year-old husband and wife team walked for ten months, taking in 4300 miles around the coastline of Britain. They wrote a book ‘The Sea on our Left’ The trip was in the early 1990’s. Shally is also the author of ‘The Sea Ahead; an account of their walk from Cape Wrath in Scotland to Nice in the RIviera.

dave-quarrellDave Quarell. Dave was the first to walk both Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. 1027 miles round edge of Wales in 2012, in memory of his Dad & supporting Cancer Research Wales. Now helping others tackle the trail! Newspaper article of the Achievement Daves walk of the Wales Coast Path and Offas Dyke   Website of Walk Wales 1027 Website Walk Wales 1027 Twitter for Dave Dave Quarrell Twitter

1-phillip-willliamsPhillip Williams started a 5000 mile walk around Britain in 2010 in aid of Alzheimers research. Link for Newspaper article 2013 Newspaper Article

chris-youngOn April the 6th 2011, following a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, ex social worker Chris Young set off northwards from his home in Edinburgh to walk around the edge of the UK to change the way people think about mental health.  Chris has completed 4,500 miles so far and expects to do 10,500 in total. Website Lets Walk a Mile Blog Walk a mile in my shoes. Blog Twitter Twitter for Chris (17,000 followers)

1-dr-geebersDr Geebers (PebbleMan) He was a poet/pebble stone artist who walked and created loose pebble sculptures around the UK coastline on a homeless awareness tour from being homeless. He started in 2009 and walked 6800 miles to 2011. Blog Dr Geebers Blog Dr Geebers passed away in 2015 according to a twitter search.

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Poems of Dr Geebers Dr Geebers Poems – link is working at the moment

will-copestakeWill Copestake In 364 days Will sea kayaked around Scotland – then returned home via the summit of the Munro Mountains using a bicycle to ride between. Taking 4 months by boat to cover over 1600km of coastline he set out to explore his home culture and landscape. Once on land he took 8 months across the winter to cycle 2500km, climb a total ascent of over 147000m over 282 mountains and cover 1750km under foot. Will’s Blog Blog of Will Copestake Twitter Twitter link to Will Copestake

martin-leeMartin Lee.  Rheumatologist, kayaker and film lover who completed a solo kayak circumnavigation of the UK mainland in 97 days to raise money for NRAS.  This was in July 2012 BBC article BBC news article Twitter Twitter of Martin Lee

crispin-bennettCrispin Bennett cycled 6168 miles in 4 Months in 1995.  Must have been one of the first Coastal Cyclists. Summer in the Saddle blog Crispin Bennett Cycling Website Cycling.Org Crispin Bennett Twitter Crispin Bennett Twitter

1-peter-mann-image-1-001Peter Mann. Author of cycling book ‘Postcards from the Edge of Britain’ (Published 2000) cycled 5000 miles around the coast of Britain. Peter Mann is a 48 years old ex-curator of road transport at the Science Museum, London who hit upon the Big Idea of cycling around the coast of Britain. The only problem was that he was a runner with several marathons to his name, even an Everest base camp trekker, but never a cyclist… Blog  Peter Man website

sam-boatwright-twitter-picSam Boatwright.  Sam ran 50 miles every day for 50 days which totalled 2500 miles round the UK raising money for Help for Heroes. The journey was entitled ‘Epic Run.’ He is the author of ‘Smile Big – Run Hard’ about this amazing achievement. Website of Sam  Epic Run website of Sam Boatwright  Twitter Twitter of Sam and Epic Run

1-eddie-ixxard-picEddie Izzard Needs no introduction. In 2009, he completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief despite having no previous history of long distance running. It was a total of 1100 miles including Engla and nd, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Twitter Twitter for Eddie Izzard

pete-hillPeter Hill.  Pete Hill set off from Southampton on 19th of February 2014. He walked 5000 miles clockwise for 10  months around Mainland Britain. He has published a book ‘I may be gone for some time’ which hints at a good sense of humour. He raised money for the Spinal Injuries Association and the National MS Therapy Centre.  Website Peter Hill website (book can be ordered here) Twitter Twitter for Pete Hill

nick-sandersnick-sanders-book Nick Sanders still holds the Guinness record for fastest cycle around Britain. It took him 22 days and was a verified 4,800 miles (7,720 km) . Author of many books. ’22 Days Around the Coast of Britain’September 1984 – A few hardcover available on Amazon.  ‘The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man’ a new book – includes his cycling career. Also Fastest man around the world on a motorcycle in 19 days.  Facebook for Nick Nicks Facebook – regularly updated and details of new Film Website  Nick Sanders Website Twitter Twitter for Nick

adam-shortAdam Short 2014: Set off from Southampton on the 6th March and trekked 6,600 miles, 14 million footsteps, following Britain’s coastline as close to the water’s edge as possible, wild camping and using his packraft. He finished 17 months later.  An author ( of ‘It was all going fine – until I met Kate – a paddleboarding – related book) and  is also finishing off the manuscript for his book about his mammoth coastal walk. Website Adam Short Website Twitter Twitter Link for Adam

josie-dew-bookJosie Dew. Cycled 5000 miles clockwise around the coast of Britain after a Shetland grandmother warns her that she’ll end up meeting the devil if she travels anti-clockwise. Book published 2004 ‘Slow Coast Home’  about the ride. Author of many cycling books (seven). Website Josie Dew Website  Facebook is closed and there is no  Twitter account.

nick-hand nick-hand-pic nick-hand-coast-of-irelandNick Hand. Nick set off on his bicycle from Bristol in the summer of 2009 and cycled nearly 5000 miles around the coast of the British Isles  Author of book ‘Conversations on the Coast’ which presents a selection of 20 stories and photography from the Slowcoast project. Also cycled 1800 miles around the coast of Ireland in 2010   Nick Hand Website and link to buy the book Twitter Twitter for Nick Sound clips of people Nick Met People Nick met in UK and Ireland

 

Lands End to John O’ Groats #LeJog – a few random posts

scott-mortonScott Morton. Lands End to John O’ Groats walk for Parkisons and Breast Cancer Charities in September 2016. Met him by chance in Lancaster 23rd Sep. He was intending to run the route in 2014 but is walking it just now.Twitter Twitter for Scott Charity Just Giving Page Just Giving for Parkinsons UK and Breast Cancer and details of the walk

Andrew Rivett ran Lands End to John O’ Groats in 9 Days 2 Hrs and 26 mins which was 847 Miles. He never ran less than 90 miles a day except the last day. On the 6th day he ran an incredible 98.1 miles

tom-hunt-lejogTom Hunt Youngest person (18) to run #LeJog He ran 38 Marathons in 31 Days September 2016.  Charity ME Association Charity Link  Twitter link Twitter

Andy Wilkinson cycled 847 miles (recumbent cycle) Lands End to John O’ Groats in 41 Hrs 4 mins and 22 seconds. (Had to check that twice)

Upright Bicycle Gethin Butler, 2001, 44h 4m 20s  Lands End to John O’ Groats

 

Twitter Charity Support Accounts

Great idea to have a supporter with a Twitter account

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Twitter link for @SupportAlexRNLI

 

Useful Links

A very popular  blog of Ruth Livingstone which has a further 20 walkers or  so who have, or are, circumnavigating the coast. She is up to walk 266 in Lancashire and is the author of the book ‘Walking the English Coast – A Beginners Guide’ Link to the Blog Ruths’s Coastal Walk UK

Dave Higgins walked 5630 Miles around the coast in 2013/14 and has also compiled a comprehensive list called ‘How they Walked the Coast of Britain’ Blog Blog of many Coastal Adventurers Also link to website of over 800 walks British Walks

Hall of Fame Welsh Coast Path  Hall of Fame for the Welsh Coast Path

National Trails Website of all the National Trails

Walking Britain – 18000 pages of free walking information Free walking information

List of people who have walked around the coast of Scotland Scottish circumnavigators

 

Books by Coastal Adventurers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can’t find many details of Rod Long and Richard Whiting (AKA Chris Elliott)

Hopefully the details are correct. If there are any mistakes or if anyone wants to add anything then let me know @ChrisJCoates.

The 2795 miles  (4,345km) England Coastal Path will open by 2020 and will be a boost to Tourism and for people walking it for many reasons.  UK Coastal Path link to Guardian Article The East Sussex to Kent section has just opened and the whole route includes the 11 existing Coastal Paths. It is organised by the Government body Natural England.

England + Wales Coast Path is 3665 miles

Tracking apps used by coastal adventurers

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Spot

strava

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tour britain and ireland app

runtastic app

Text Donation Service for your Charity

I noticed that James Ketchell @captainKetch was using a text donation service for donations to charity. This type of charity giving is very popular so I did a search and came with links.

Charity Text Donation article

If you are on ‘Just Giving’ you can edit your account to add a text donation code

 

RECORDS

Mike Hartley did the Wainwright Coast to Coast from St Bees in 39 hrs 36 mins

Mike Hartley ran the Pennine Way in 1989 in 2 Days, 17 Hrs 20 Mins

king-gazking-gaz-time ‘King Gaz’ Cycled the #WayofTheRoses 170 Miles Morecambe to Bridlington with a friend – 2016 – in 10 hrs 59 Mins = Fastest known time

Andrew Rivett ran Lands End to John O’ Groats in 9 Days 2 Hrs and 26 mins which was 847 Miles. He never ran less than 90 miles a day except the last day. On the 6th day he ran an incredible 98.1 miles

Andy Wilkinson cycled 847 miles (recumbent cycle) Lands End to John O’ Groats in 41 Hrs 4 mins and 22 seconds. (Had to check that twice)

Upright Bicycle Gethin Butler, 2001, 44h 4m 20s  Lands End to John O’ Groats

Lillian Creegh Ran Wild Atlantic Way 2016 in 47 days 2900 km 2nd person and first woman to do so

Tom Reynolds Ran Wild Atlantic Way 2016 in 34 days 2900km and 1st person to do so running 2 marathons a day

Nick Sanders holds the record for cycling around Britain which was 22 days. This remains after 22 years.