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Walking the South West Coast Path - 30 Mile Challenge

Updated: Jan 15



Back a few months ago, I made a big decision. Inspired by the many Cornwall dwelling influencers and lovers on the little squares of Instagram, I decided that I wanted to spend more time on the South West coast path. I was mainly inspired by Hattie aka @thecornishdog when she set out on her journey to walk the entire coast path in Cornwall with her 2 working cocker spaniels, Woody and Hen, earlier last summer. The reason I was particularly inspired by Hattie is that she and I share similar health problems being hers M.E and mine being Fibromyalgia. Following her journey has helped me feel hopeful that I too can spend more time walking the coast path.


I have also started reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn which is about a couple's journey on the coast path as a result of homelessness and a terminal health diagnosis. All I can say is, if Moth can do it, I'm sure I can! I'm about half way through the book now but it's a great emotional read so far.


Fibromyalgia is a very difficult illness to describe. When I received the diagnosis, I was just so relieved that there was a name for all the symptoms that I was experiencing at the time. Little did I know just how life changing it was going to be. I have lived with this condition for almost 11 years and I honestly can't remember what it's like to not be in pain. My muscles can tire and seize quite quickly so the ups and downs of the path will make it difficult but I'm determined to give it a go. For any of you who would like to know more about fibromyalgia, I have attached the link to the information on the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fibromyalgia/


This year I turn 30, which I find quite hard to believe! So I thought for my 30th year of life, I would walk 30 miles on the south west coast path. This feels like an achievable goal for me especially since I live over 300 miles out of the county and pretty much work full time.


I have written another blog post all about getting myself kitted out for my time on the path.

https://www.artofthesea.co.uk/artofthesea-co-uk/walking-the-south-west-coast-path-getting-equipped


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