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

Latest News

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Coast17 - Walking the Coast of Britain - Lecture Dates

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Dates for my photography presentation "Coast17 - Walking the Coast of Britain" are now being released for early 2018, starting with Steyning on 31st January
What! Signed pebble, Aberystwyth

Principles of Adventure - Degrees of Compliance

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Before setting out on my Coast17 walk, I set out my Principles of Adventure - who would enforce rules anyway? Least of all me, it seems. How did I do?
D-Class ILB Shoreham

On Exercise with RNLI Shoreham Harbour lifeboat

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A huge thank you to Steve Smith and the crew of Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station for allowing me the privilege of being out on the Tamar class ALB with them for their regular training exercises last Wednesday night.
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Coast17 First Lecture Date - Steyning 31st January

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Make a diary date now for 31st January 2018, the premiere lecture for the Coast17 walk, Steyning, West Sussex
Sunset, Achmelvich

Reflections on Walking the Coast of Britain - A Pseudo Interview

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A humorous and philosophical pseudo interview with Ken Scott, reflecting on his 2017 attempt to walk around the coast of Britain.
Day32 - In the tent

Thanks to Everyone Who Donated a Campsite Pitch or Accommodation

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At the conclusion of my Coast17 walk, I'd like to extend a warm and heartfelt thanks to everyone, friends old and new, and campsite proprietors who put me up overnight and often fed me out of their own generosity.
Sunset at Caerfai Bay campsite

Summary Stats for Coast17 Walk Around the British Coast

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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

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The finish line, drifting into Shoreham with friends and family under an apocalyptic orange sky
Gavin and Liam at Brighton Pier

Day 106 - Seaford to Brighton

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A day of easy company with friends and a little luxuriating in Brighton. One half day to go.
Seven Sisters from Birling Gap

Day 105 - Normans Bay to Seaford

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

Day 104 - Winchelsea Beach to Normans Bay

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Cliff walking through Hastings Country Park followed by a long trudge along the prom through Hastings and Bexhill
Across the Denge Flats desert, Dungeness

Day 103 - New Romney to Winchelsea Beach

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

Charity

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

More about my charity effort on my Charity page.

Progress

Coast17 Progress Map - August 2017

Sponsors

This expedition has received generous assistance from: