Coast17 – Walking the Coast of Britain

Hi, I’m Ken Scott, photographer, adventurer and a few other things. In February 2017 I set off from home in West Sussex to attempt to walk around the British coast.

You will know by now that I was plagued by a recurring shin splints injury and sat out three enforced recovery breaks. Nonetheless, I completed a round of nearly 3000kms in 107 days over several stints – from Shoreham-by-Sea to Plymouth, from Minehead to the Severn Crossing and around Wales to Caernarfon, from Wirral to the Solway in Cumbria and from Berwick-upon-Tweed back to Shoreham – on 16th October.

So I didn’t accomplish my original aim to walk around Britain in one journey, but I am hugely satisfied with what I achieved. I remained largely true to my Principles of Adventure, and have raised so far over £2500 for the my charities.

Much more summary and afterthought will follow in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, thank you for your support.

… Ken Scott
October 2017

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Sunset at Caerfai Bay campsite

Summary Stats for Coast17 Walk Around the British Coast

Summary Stats for Coast17 - a few interesting snippets from a first cut of looking at walking and weather data

Day 107 - Brighton to Shoreham-bySea

The finish line, drifting into Shoreham with friends and family under an apocalyptic orange sky

Day 106 - Seaford to Brighton

A day of easy company with friends and a little luxuriating in Brighton. One half day to go.

Day 105 - Normans Bay to Seaford

Eastbourne to Seaford over Beachy Head and Seven Sisters, among the finest coastal walking anywhere

Day 104 - Winchelsea Beach to Normans Bay

Cliff walking through Hastings Country Park followed by a long trudge along the prom through Hastings and Bexhill

Day 103 - New Romney to Winchelsea Beach

Finally back into Sussex, first, last and home county, via Rye and the desert of Dungeness

Day 102 - Folkestone to New Romney

All along a concrete sea wall for several hours into a strong headwind and Dungeness doesn't look any closer

Day 101 - Sandwich to Folkestone

A simple but long haul from Sandwich to Folkestone via white cliffs and France, or was it America?

Day 100 - Birchington to Sandwich

A convivial day of meeting friends and overnight hospitality in Ramsgate and Sandwich

Day 99 - Whitstable to Birchington

Back on foot through Whitstable and Herne Bay to the delightfully named Plum Pudding Island

Day 98 - Hoo to Whitstable

A final day of cycling in Kent, mixed with great people, towns both strange and picturesque, a new castle and lovely hospitality

Day 97 - East Tilbury to Hoo

Crossing the Thames by Tower Bridge, Coast17 returns to London and the southeast


Donate using Virgin Money Giving Parkinson's UK Fundraising in aid of the RNLI

More about my charity effort on my Charity page.


Coast17 Progress Map - August 2017


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