ROUND BRITAIN’S PERIMETER WALK
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 3rd Octoberber 2020
A walker who has spent nearly six years on an epic trek around the coast of Britain has finally completed his journey – but had to trespass hundreds of times while doing it.
Photographer Quintin Lake started the 6,600 mile hike five-and-a-half years ago but was faced with numerous signs saying “keep out” along the way.
He spent 453 days walking, averaging 15 miles a day and mainly wild camping, with stays in bed and breakfasts every five days to charge his equipment and wash.
However, the 45-year-old ignored the warnings so that he wouldn’t have to make lengthy diversions on the clockwise journey, according to The Times.
While he avoided any gardens of homes close to the coast, Lake nevertheless trespassed across large estates that house properties set further back.
Quintin Lake documented the beauty of Britain’s coast, such as Conwy Castle on the north Wales coast.
Lake left London from St Paul’s on 17 April 2015, and set off around the coast of Britain clockwise – returning to the same spot via Essex and along the River Thames.
Travelling around 16 miles each day, he camped in rough terrain, conquered some of the most dangerous routes, and documented the beauty of the British coast.
On Tuesday 15th September 2020, he rounded the corner of St Paul’s Cathedral with supporters, fans and loved ones broke out into applause.
The government has previously announced its plan for the world’s longest coastal footpath.
Full circuit: Round-Britain photographer Quintin Lake’s epic journey
Photographer Quintin Lake has completed his walk round the coast of Britain – five years and 10,000km on.
He ended where he began, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he was met by family and friends.
He’s braved storms, tides and disappearing paths, carrying his food and equipment all the way.
Most of the time he also wild camped, to save money and get the best experience.
The Perimeter is a photography project by Quintin Lake based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain in sections. The journey started on 17th April 2015 at St Paul’s cathedral and I’m following the coast clockwise. I expect the journey will take around 5 years.
I’ll be walking two to three months per year and the daily distance will be 20-40km depending on the going. I’ll be camping in the wilder parts and staying in guest houses in urban areas.
Why do this? I hope to learn more about our mysterious island nation, and I can’t think of anywhere else where each footstep leads to such different surprises, beauty and strangeness.
“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible”
Top of my bucket list has always been to walk Britain’s coastline/perimeter and publish a book of photographs. In my case cash has always held me back. It’s not just the do the walk for free wild camping, it’s having responsibilities. I never had the opportunity to be away from my job for 9 months, (or want to leave my family that long).
John Merrill’s brilliant 1979 book Turn Right at Land’s End: John Merrill, The Story of his 7000 Mile British Coastal Walk told his story of taking 9 months to do just that.
There are other books too: Midges, Maps and Muesli: Account of a 5,000 Mile Walk Round the Coast of Britain
by Helen Krasner
I May be Gone for Some Time: One Man’s Story of His 5,000 Mile Trek Around the British Mainland Coast
by Peter Hill.
Two Feet, Four Paws: Walking the Coastline of Britain by Spud Talbot-Ponsonby
The Sea on Our Left: Couple’s Ten Month Walk Around Britain’s Coastline by Shally Hunt
Wow, it’s obviously busy on that coastal perimeter path.
Now I’m older and with health issues it is probably off the cards. So, the only way is to drive round the perimeter of Britain. That’s on.
Well not really. I am partially sighted and not allowed to drive, but I could get someone to chauffer me. It would take three weeks. Or I suppose do it by public transport, train or bus.
I’ll start the planning.
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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
— Susan Polis Schutz
Happiness is…walking the coastline of Britain
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A time to go for a stroll…A time to walk the coast of Britain
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TOM & JERRY CARTOON
Release date February 10, 1940 – September 8, 1967
Tom and Jerry is an American animated franchise and series of comedy short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Best known for its 161 theatrical short films by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the series centres on the rivalry between the titular characters of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry.
Tom and Jerry filmography. This is a complete list of the 164 shorts in the Tom and Jerry series produced and released between 1940 and 2014. Of these, 163 are theatrical shorts, two are made-for-TV shorts and one is a 2-minute sketch shown as part of a telethon.
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