Use of Ferries

I have had a serious re-think of my use of ferries to cross rivers and estauries on my walking route around the coast of Great Britain. When I was walking the South West Coast Path, the official path route advised on the use of ferries to cross over rivers and estauries. At the time I had no intention to walk around the whole of the coastline of Great Britain and thus made use of these ferries. Now that I have set myself the challenge of walking the entire coastline, I have had serious concerns about the ethos of using these ferries in my challenge. To this end I have decided that the sections of coastline in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Merseyside and Lancashire where I have taken ferries will become VOID. I will therefore walk around all rivers and estauries to their nearest bridging point to ensure I have walked a complete and full section of my walking record.

This will involve some additional 300+ additional miles which I will do as one-day walks over the next 12 month period.

The Ferries in question relate to :

Dorset: Sandbanks (Poole) to South Haven Point (25 miles approx)

Devon: Exmouth – Starcross (18 miles approx)

Devon: Teignmouth – Shaldon Beach (3 miles approx)

Devon: Kingswear to Dartmouth (25 miles approx)

Devon: East Portlemouth – Salcombe (13 miles approx)

Devon: Bantham – Bigbury-on-Sea (9 miles COMPLETED)

Devon: Wembury to Noss Mayo (8 miles approx)

Cornwall: Plymouth  – Cremyll (34 miles approx)

Cornwall: Fowey – Polruan (28 miles approx)

Cornwall: St. Anthony – St. Mawrs – Falmouth (55 miles approx)

Cornwall: Helford Passage – Helford Village (8 miles approx)

Cornwall: Padstow – Rock (16 miles approx)

Merseyside: Birkenhead – Liverpool (48 miles COMPLETED)

Lancashire: Fleetwood to Knott End (17 miles approx)

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3 thoughts on “Use of Ferries”

  1. A lot of extra miles there! But I admire you strictness in walking *all* the coast. I’ve walked around some of these. Poole harbour has the Poole harbour trail which I walked. The Exe has the Exe estuary trail which I’ve also walked. The Teign is a fairly short walk around but all on busy roads. I did the Bentham To Bigbury walk and lovely it was. Also half the Dart valley trail a few weeks ago. I think the Olympic will be the tough one. I look forward to reading about it anyway!

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  2. Hi Jon, Thanks for your comments. I’ll check your blog when I start walking them. I’m afraid I’m one of those who likes to research my walk before. I don’t mind reading how others have tackled the route, as it saves alot of energy and frustration in chasing dead-ends.
    I’m off tomorrow for a 20 mile jaunt from Birkenhead to Frodsham, virtually all Industrial.

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