Recently Terry and I had a discussion on how we would complete the Coast Path after this year.
Whilst we all want to get to Chester as soon as possible we had to weigh up a number of limitations such as: how far do we want to walk in a day, how many days do we want to walk without a break, how long do we want to be away, how many trips do we want to do each year, how many time do we want to drive to north Wales and how much do we want this to cost in total?
In the end we came to the conclusion that the best way forward would be as follows:
- To have no more than 4 consecutive days walking at a time plus an occasional half day on the day we travel.
- The walks should not be more than 10 miles unless there were special circumstances.
- We would not have more than 4 days walking in each trip – if we had more there would have to be a day off and this would add to the cost.
- Due to the costs we felt that two trips a year would be sufficient, there is also the logistical problems of organising the trips from far off.
As a result of this we will need three trips to walk round Anglesey and a further 5 trips to walk around the Llyn peninsular and North Wales to Chester. Simple maths gives 8 trips at 2 a year = 4 years (remember there are about 400 miles to go).
This means that we will complete our circumnavigation by September 2020. This is later than I forecast earlier this year but it is only when we looked at the problem in detail that we saw I was being highly optimistic.
Terry will lead his Anglesey walks in April/May 2017, 18 and 19 and I will do the remainder in September/October of those years plus two in 2020.
Now all we have to do is to walk it!