The first reference to the term Dragon Walk, ie walking round Wales via Offa’s Dyke and the Wales Coast Path, was in 2012 by Arry Beresford-Webb. She started in Cardiff on 24 March and returned on 5 May, the day the Wales Coast Path opened, having run the equivalent of 39 marathons. Her website is Dragon Run 1027.
On her arrival in Cardiff she handed over the baton to Dave Quarrell who then walked round wales in 11 weeks and 5 days. His website is WalkWales1027.
Since then many people have completed the Dragon Walk in both directions. Two people currently walking are Charles Hawes and Ruth Livingstone, who is walking round Britain but is currently in Wales. However, my favourite is a husband and wife with their two your children walking round Britain. It’s a long term project.
Rules for Coastwalking
- Always follow the designated path. Yes but that’s not always the best way to go. I consider the official route to be more of a concept than a dotted line to follow. I don’t mind taking liberties with the path if I can see a way that is easier, safer or just more fun. As long as the Coastwalk isn’t compromised.
- Taking a boat across an estuary is allowed if there is a scheduled ferry service. This doesn’t apply to us as there are no ferries.
- Walk it in strict order. Except that isn’t what we have done. We have moved about the coast and generally walked clockwise but, where it is more convenient (or when the bus doesn’t stop), we have walked anti-clockwise.
- It’s a journey not a race.