Ruth Livingstone’s Coastal Walk

We’ve just found the blog of Ruth Livingstone who is walking around the British coastline:

“My name is Ruth Livingstone. I am a 50 something lady and I have set myself a task. I am going to walk around the coastline of the British mainland. Starting in North Norfolk, I will head clockwise around the coastline, following paths and tracks… I will be doing this walk in stages, returning home frequently, because I also have a job, friends, a family, a home and a life! …. This is not to raise money for charity, nor to advertise a worthy cause. …. This is just for me. I love the sea and I love the idea of making an epic trek. Researching this on the internet, I have discovered only a handful of people who have completed a walk around the complete UK coastline….”

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She passed through our district last month and you can read her blog entries for Burnham to Rochford, Rochford to Great Wakering and Great Wakering to Southend.

Here’s a couple of snippets:

Walking on, I realise I am now in the heart of Rochford. I can hear traffic roaring past; there must be busy roads close by. But I remain in an enclosed, tranquil, leafy walkway ? bushes on either side and tree branches above me. Reaching a rough lane, I follow it and then, surprisingly, emerge ? suddenly ? on a road. After so many hours of walking, without encountering a living person, it is strange to be standing on an ordinary pavement with cars passing by.

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The path is very overgrown and, suddenly, I see a small, thin snake moving across the path. I have stepped over it before I notice it. Turning round, I put down my rucksack to grab my camera and, in a wiggle, it is gone. The snake was smooth, light brown with a long darker stripe. It did not look like an adder. But I wonder if baby adders have different markings. I am really worried now. I put on my gaiters for protection. A few steps later and I see a small sign against a farmer?s gate. It is black with one word scrawled in white chalk ? ?Adders!?.