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Paul Eames

Walking the South West Coast Path.

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My story

[p][b]Paul Eames has just finished walking the South West Coast Path! It has taken him 41 days without a rest day and he has walked over 630 miles. There's still time to make a donation to Nourish Community Foodbank of Tunbridge Wells "supporting families in crisis." [/b][/p][p][b]Want to know how he got on? scroll down to the bottom of the page and work upwards. [/b][/p][p][b]Many thanks. [/b] [/p][p][img]https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/resources/charity-logo/187x1671010104_4c6007e3-3611-4857-8de2-0cf997db357e_Nourish%20Logo%20New.jpg" alt="Charity Logo Nourish Community Foodbank Limited[/img][/p][p]Day 41........... Short, easy 3 hour walk to complete the challenge, rather emotional but relieved and thankful I made it to the end. A huge thankyou to so many people who have sponsored me, walked with me, met me, fed me, given me a bed for the night, supped with me and generally supported me for the last 41 days I couldn't have done it without them. To those of you who have been following my progress, this page will be live for a few more weeks. Please give generously to help those in need......... [/p][p]Days 39-40...... Ferrybridge to Swanage. My second wet day, have been so lucky with the weather! Rain just about stopped as we approached Durdledoor for the last couple of miles into Lulworth Cove. It seems everyone is staying in Lulworth tonight so we're an attic room. Early start for final long day with 4.5 thousand feet of ascent and descent, not a good time for the sole to come unstuck on John's walking boot, having to limp for most of the day with string tied round his boot. Welcome sight walking towards us near the end in the shape Jo and Jenny our wives who will be there for us at the finish tomorrow.......!!!!![/p][p]Days 36 -38...... Much more scenic views to help me forget the feet!! Past Beer to Broadchurch yet another TV Drama!! Bed and breakfasts have been varied and in some cases quite bizarre, but others have welcomed us with tea, cake and a very comfortable bed. Very tough day round Portland on rocky terrain, walked a few extra miles towards Weymouth to shave a few off tomorrow and finish before the heavy rain sets in. Thanks to David (Jo's nephew ) who is ferrying us back to the path in the morning and taking the rucksacks to Lulworth Cove. Less than 2 marathons to go now and just 2 1/2 days. [/p][p]Days 33-35 ....... Brixham to Budleigh Salterton. Lots of ups!!!!!! and lots of downs!!!!!! very tiring day, greatly cheered up by arrival of Jo (my wife) rucksack transport and driver between coast path and accommodation for the weekend!!! Good to see the fishing industry is still thriving in Brixham. Following days walk through Paignton and Torquay, least inspiring of the whole trip so far, a 19 1/2 mile day that saw me through the [b]500[/b] mile marker HOORAY!!![/p][p]Days 30-32....... Bigbury -on -sea to Stoke Fleming. Can't believe we've been so lucky with the weather. Ken and John stopped for a swim, well someone had to hold their towels for them!!! Must come back to Salcombe one day without my ruck sack! Feet plodding on reluctantly at times. Ferry across from Salcombe all went according to plan lovely clifftop walk as far as beesands where Ken left us to return to Speldhurst. Remainder of walk not great due to massive road re construction getting in the way. [/p][p]Days 27-29........Portwrinkle to Bigbury -on-sea. many thanks to Ken who has joined John and I for a few days, always good to have some company. Brother John has been brilliant over the past week or so. Fetching and carrying us to and from the coast path, bed, board, local, pubs, phone recovery, washing, prayer breakfast, and much more........ Thanks John, it's been a great help. [/p][p]Days 23-26 Portloe-Portwrinkle......... Watching the weather closely with storm Ali on its way! Strong winds but dry and clear so far. Walked through Charlestown where they are filming Poldark (Truro) but they weren't filming today! Still plenty of ups and downs though and wonderful views. Saturday brought the rain, very heavy and WET WET WET!!!!!! So much so that my phone has died and needs drying out. Hence the delay in updates. [/p][p]Day 22 .... Falmouth to Portloe. Passed the halfway mark today! Well there's no point in turning round now, might as well keep on walking!!! Weather forecast not so good so will need to keep our feet firmly on the coast path. Bit of a twirly bit involving ferries, cancelled ferries and taxis. All above board I can assure you. So the support team doubled today in the shape of other brother John ( another John!!!) who is going to put us up for several nights, keeping the budget down, ferrying us back and forth from the coast path, with the added bonus of carrying the rucksacks, hooray ! Much appreciated too. [/p][p]Days 18, 19, 20, 21...... Portleven, Lizard Point, Porthallow and on to Falmouth. Clocked the 300 mile marker on Sunday, just a mere 328 to go!!!! A mixture of air b and b, youth hostels, shacks and pods in the garden for accommodation with no breakfast. Thank goodness John brought the porridge with him. [/p][p]Day 17 ...... Porthcurno to Penzance. Last day flying solo today. At least I am walking towards home now and the weather is still very good. The terrain is mostly enormous boulders to scramble over. Easier said than done with a 10k + rucksack on your back! It was so good a sight to see John my companion for the rest of the journey walking towards me this afternoon!!! 280.6 miles done. [/p][p]Day 16 ....... A relatively easy day with a huge contrast in views from tin mines to Cape Cornwall. Youth Hostel accommodation tonight so shared facilities. The First Inn in England for much needed refreshment! (see photo) [/p][p]Day 15 ....... Portreath to St Ives. for all those following my progress, I have now been walking for 2 weeks and covered 232.5 Coast Path miles,plus about another 25 random miles. This means that I now have only 398 miles still to go and will reach Lands End tomorrow. From then on it will be all plain sailing as the wind will be behind me!!!!! [/p][p]Day 13, ......Perenporth to Portreath. Waved son Andy off on the Wadebridge bus. It's just me and the Coast Path for the next 5 days. The sea still appears to be on my right! Have spotted a Chough! and quite a lot of noisy seals! [/p][p]Days 12 ..... Lovely weather today and another hard walk Mawgan Porth to Peren Porth 18.2 miles with glorious views and fun company. Passed the 200 mile marker so a third of the way completed, only 2/3 rds to go. Need a new pair of feet, (blisters!!!!) [/p][p]Day 9, 10 and 11. ...... Stunning views from Boscastle to Port Isaac, company continues and as one group leaves thankyou all, my son arrives to continue the journey. B&B's few and far between but we did manage to get a room over looking Doc Martin's house!! Somewhat windy today and a test match to follow so a bit tricky on the cliff top. 191.1 miles clocked so far!! [/p][p]Day 8 ..... Cavalry arrived today in the shape of brother and sister-in-law. Company and bag transport hooray!! [/p][p]Day 7 ..... Nine hours today and 6,500' of ascent and descent. Longer than planned due to a diversion caused by a landslide and an inconveniently placed B&B! At least the sun was shining. [/p][p]Day 6 ..... A long, tough, wet day today to Hartland Point, even the ice-cream van wasn't there to greet me!!! Not surprisingly I walked through the 100 mile mark without realising!!![/p][p]Days ....3, 4, and 5, Combe Martin to Croyde Bay 19.5 miles, Croyde to Barnstable 14.75 and Barnstable to Westward Ho 19.1. just over 88 miles clocked so far. Not so picturesque and a bit flat though Braunton Burrows and along the Tarka trail. I I was allocated Barnstable's smallest hotel room last night!! [/p][p]Day 2 .... A few views from a stunningly beautiful walk today. It was however quite a lumpy day with 4,500 feet of ascent/ descent. The cairn is at the top of Great Hangman which is the highest point of the whole walk. So it must be all downhill from here, right?! Another 15.5 miles chalked off. 19.5 again tomorrow, eek?? [/p][p]Day 1....... Official starting point. I am going out for a walk, I may be some time!!Oh and it's raining! Total 19.5 miles [/p][p]I am starting at Minehead at the end of August and plan to average approx 17 miles a day, hopefully arriving at Poole Harbour just under 6 weeks later in early October. [/p][p]This is Britain's Longest National Trail at [b]630 miles.[/b] The whole trail has [b]115,000 feet[/b] of ascent / descent equivalent to going up and down Mount Everest [b]4[/b] times! [/p][p]I am walking on behalf of Sweetwoods Park Golf Club, Captain's Charity campaign in aid of Nourish Community Foodbank who provide emergency food and provisions to people and families in crisis in Tunbridge Wells, South Tonbridge and surrounding areas. L[/p][p]A huge thanks for your support. [/p][p]Paul [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]
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Nov 28, 2018

Paul and John Fowling

Just read about your exploits in the paper, well done!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 12, 2018


From all those who paid cash donations either via the Village shop or personally. Your donation has been added to the online total. Many thanks. Paul


Nov 7, 2018

James Hughes

Not bad for an old man!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2018

Pam and Graham

Well done Paul. Perseverance paid off.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2018

James Flemington

Very well done Paul!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2018

Fred Q

Well done Paul, you’ve earned a rest!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2018

The Chings

Wow! This is an amazing achievement. Well done


Oct 8, 2018


What an amazing achievement Paul. Congratulations. Love from the Coffins. x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2018

Katherine and Sam Treanor

Brilliant! Well done.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2018