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.
You will all understand just how much a comfortable bed and / or a meal means when I’ve been camping for weeks at a time. So to receive an offer from friends, or from people I had never met before, sometimes simply to meet me and buy me lunch, is very much appreciated.
Thank you all very much. For everyone who contributed in this way I have added £220 (and counting) to my charity pot on your behalf.
Jacqui & Jim Dracup; Glyn Edmunds and Jean Brooks; Mark & Cate Goulding; Jim & Nicky Pascoe; Sue Sharp; Jeni Fulton Price; Ian & Elaine Bateman; Keir & Laura; Dawn Griesbach; Helen Iles; John Rowell & Marion Waine; Ruari & Pamela Cumming; Stewart Skelsey & Kathleen James; Richard & Liz Walton; Christine & David Silk; Caroline Colegate and Kevin Lucas; Gavin & Riss
Turning up at a campsite and having my pitch offered for free or with a substantial discount means an awful lot too, as an acknowledgement for what I was striving for.
Hurst View campsite, Lymington; Morfa Farm campsite, Llanrhystud; Barcdy campsite, Talsarnau; Abererch Sands campsite; Dinlle Caravan and Touring Park, Dinas Dinlle; Herons Wood, Lancashire; Red Bank Farm, Bolton le Sands, Lancashire; Marsh Farm, Askam in Furness, Cumbria; Moordale Park, Silloth, Cumbria; Hurlevant Farm, Crimdon, County Durham; Runswick Bay Caravan and Camping Park; Hooks House Farm, Robin Hood’s Bay; Mill Farm Country Park, Skipsea; Fen Farm, East Mersea, Essex
There were also many good campsites who gave me friendly service and welcome, and have their businesses to run but offered great value for money. When I have my backpacking tent, all I need is twenty square feet of grass and a shower, so thank you to all those who had a standard backpacker rate under £10.
B&B / Airbnb
I am a huge fan of Airbnb. The trust and welcome offered by most Airbnb hosts to itinerant wanderers like myself is extraordinary, and I love the opportunities to meet you, albeit very briefly. The guesthouses I mention below also offered me exceptional service and great value. Thanks to:
Fiona in Brixham; Annabel in South Huish; Helen at Stable Cottage in Newton Ferrers; Joyce in Carmarthen; Helen and Ian at Anchor Guest House in Broad Haven; Jeff and Hilary in Fishguard; Patrick in Penwortham (Preston); Kay in Workington, Beach House in Seahouses, and Glenn at Hull Trinity Backpackers.