WB 04: Skirting the Solent


Progress has been very good this week, and I have managed to catch up the lost day and get back on schedule. I have travelled from Bosham, West Susses to Bournemouth, Dorset covering 132 miles.



Due to the illness last week, I had a lot of admin to do both last rest day and during the week to alter the routes, pitch sites, accommodation so that I could start to catch up. This was an evolving process, and took a fair amount of time and a worry. Fortunately this didn't cause to many significant issues, and actually I have now got back on schedule.

Another aspect of the lost day was that I had to do a significant amount of mileage over 5 days rather than 6, in fact 132 miles. This mileage was at my limit, and though manageable is not something I would want to do to often as it doesn't allow for any contingency (path closures, diversions, weather, minor illness etc.) and I believe injuries could occur if I attempted this mileage to often.

The weather this week was not quite as bad as previous weeks(and what i would expect at this time of year), with 2 actually sunny days. Though there were 2 very wet and windy days, which though I am getting used to them are tiring.


Getting Back on Schedule

Though it involved a lot of mileage over only 5 days, it is great to be back on schedule. This means my amount of admin is reduced going forward as I can revert back to the planned schedule and it makes it easier for people to arrange to meet me.

Body after a Month

Now that I have completed a month, and approximately 500 miles thought I would just mention how the body feels. 

  • Feet - I have so far had no blisters, and though the feet can ache a little some evenings I have had no significant issues.
  • Ankles - I did have some moderate pain in my right ankle for the first two weeks, though over the last two weeks this has reduced to almost no pain at all.
  • Legs - In the past I have had issues with my knees, though fortunately on the walk so far I have had no issues at all with these. Apart from the past 2 days my legs have never felt to tired, though due to the increased mileage in past couple of days, the legs were definitely aching for the past 2 evenings.
  • Hips/waist- I take most of the weight of my backpack, through my hips. There has been some minor rubbing where the straps tighten but nothing to significant.
  • Back - stupidly I managed to tweak my lower back when I wasn't walking or wearing my backpack just by bending down to pick something up. This is not to bad, but more of an annoyance, and something that can seize a little bit after sitting down for a while in the evening.
  • Shoulders - fingers crossed I have had no issues with these so far.


So far the walk and general admin have taken up all my time. But going forward I am going to be trying to do more promotion to try and raise as much money for the MHF as possible. I am going to get a poster for my backpack, as well as cards to hand to people when they ask about the walk. I may even get a little canvas flag. On top of this I am going to try and contact local and national papers to spread the word (if anyone works for a paper or has contacts within a certain paper that could help please do contact me.)


This week was another good week for accommodation with several friends living on route and a kind offer from a pub/B&B. Next week will be back to what I would expect with 4 or 5 nights under canvas. 

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Daily Diary 

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Thank You

Specific thank yous:

Priya Khetarpal, Southampton – thank you for letting me stay in your flat and cooking me a lovely dinner.

The Bosun's Chair, Lymington – thank you for providing a complimentary room and breakfast to take with me.

Katie Evans, Bournemouth – thank you for letting me stay in your flat for both nights of my rest day, as well as cooking me loads of food.

Dick Warner - Thank you for your kind offer regards B&B's.

Also thank you to everyone who donated last week,  and all the kind messages that I received.


The walk can be followed on Facebook and Instagram and any donations are greatly appreciated.




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