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Rob Rees - The Independent Rambler

 

UPDATE APRIL 2017

Just a very brief update to say that Rob has and continues to finish the remainder of his journey by picking up where he left off on the weekends (when he can!). He's determined to not be beaten. Further updates will follow on his progress.


Important Update: Monday 1st August


For those of you who have been following Rob's journey, you will be aware that he has been suffering with unforeseen back problems which has made the last few days extremely difficult. Unfortunately we received a message from Rob this morning notifying us that after 15 days and 210 miles he has decided at this moment in time to bring his challenge to an end.

Rob (& all of us at Pavey Group) would like to thank you all for your support and good luck messages, it definitely spurred Rob on - making things that bit easier when things got tough. We are extremely proud of what Rob has achieved, supporting for our chosen charity of the year; Children's Hospice South West.


Update Sunday 28th July Perranporth to PortreathBedruthen-&-Perranporth

Today (Sunday) Rob headed off from Perranporth aiming to reach Portreath by the end of the day (12 miles in total). On leaving the busy seaside resort, the path sent Rob through an ancient coastal mining district following rugged cliff tops, passing many remnants of the mining industry (just like being back in Wales eh Rob?!).

Paraglider (2)

Despite the restful sections of the path and fantastic views of the journey ahead, Rob has found today very difficult with his back is still causing him much discomfort, deciding to stop and call it a day on reaching Porthtowan after 8 miles.

Walking 630 miles for Children's Hospice South West. To visit my online fundraising page, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/TheIndependentRambler


Update Monday 26th July - Friday 29th July: Bude to Porthcothan

Padstow and Trevose HeadStepper Point

Friday: 'Morning All! Another early start for me again this morning! Yesterday (Thursday) I walked from Padstow to Porthcothan and today I will walk to remainder of the distance to Newquay. Wet weather gear for most of yesterday morning... again... typical British summer!! Still have a bit of a problem with my back so continuing to travel light with just the essentials'. Photos on the way... I haven't quite mastered the art of the 'selfie'! (Stepper Point) (Don't worry Rob! You've still got 450 miles to perfect your technique!!).

Polzeath & Rock - South West Coastal Path

Wednesday: Rob made it to Padstow this afternoon via the ferry from Rock and anticipates to be reach Newquay within the next 2 days. For pretty much all of the journey so far Rob has been carrying a full backpack + tent ( that's 165 miles!), which I'm sure you can imagine is pretty heavy!. Due to his back starting to cause him concern a change of 'tactic' was in order; with Rob now using bag drops / catching buses to his evening destination points, leaving his gear at a B&B, catching the bus back... then walking back to the B&B (Phew!!!!).

Boscastle - South West Coastal Path

Monday: TBoscastlehis morning Rob packed up his tent and set off from Bude on a mission towards Boscastle. An easy start on the grassy cliff path along the back of the beaches to Widemouth Bay leads you into a false sense of security.. With the path soon changing its tune, becoming rough and narrow in places with plunges into steep valleys, including Scrade which is one of the deepest and steepest valleys on the Cornwall section of the Coast Path.

Rob set up at a camp site at Boscastle this evening, meeting up with 'birthday girl' Kate from our Financial Services Department for refreshments! The days weather was much better than the week previous; cool and breezy. Ideal for  walking :)


Weekend Update: Sat 23rd - Sun 24th July:  Bideford -  Hartland Quay - BudeTent-amended

Despite a difficult week in high temperatures (with several days around the 30 degree mark!), Rob is doing fantastic for progress; having walked approximately 123 miles since he set off from Minehead a week ago.

After leaving Bideford on Saturday morning, Rob trekked for Westward Ho' and beyond, with his next marker point; Hartland Quay in his sights. Judging by Rob's photos - the 21 miles of contrasting landscape from ancient woodlands, pastoral land to rocky coast were definitely worth the effort!

Hartland-Point---amendedHartland Lighthouse - Amended

Hartland Quay - amended

On reaching Hartland Quay the next stage to Bude is said to be the toughest part of the entire South West Coast Path with several relentless and tiring ascents and descents. Rob set of early Sunday morning on what he describes as a '...tough tough day with never ending valleys to cross'. What a difference a day can make to the weather! Typical British weather at it's best...

Stanbury Mouth & Morwenstow

After a gruelling 15 mile day in the rain Rob managed to get a room for the night at Bude. Tomorrow he will set off bright and early towards Crackington Haven (10 miles).

Walking 630 miles for Children's Hospice South West. To visit my online fundraising page, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/TheIndependentRambler


Update Friday 22nd July: Saunton to BidefordFremington Station

Today was a great day for progress with Rob walking from Saunton all the way to Bideford.

'The walking today was easy on the Tarka Trial, via the dis-used railway lines courtesy of Mr Beeching - so I'm literally back on track!. There are a tough few days ahead going for Clovelly, Hartland Point and the prize of the metropolis of Bude beyond!'

Tonight I've checked myself into a room above one of the most ancient pubs I've ever visited! & I've been to a fair few! ;)  (Pictured: The joys of an ice lolly at Fremington Station!).


 

Update Thursday 21st July: Ilfracombe to Saunton

 

IlfracombeYesterday after a well earned rest at a small hotel in Ilfracombe, Rob set off at the crack of dawn towards Saunton.

The previous day had been one of the hottest days on record and the terrain of the Exmoor path proved to be a challenge. However; Rob soldiered on and sensibly opted out of spending a third night under the canvas due to the prediction of thunder storms, giving him the opportunity to re-fuel (and do a bit of laundry).

Judging by Robs late night update, yesterday was a great day for progress:-

"I started from Ilfracome early today and bailed at Saunton, which is around 17 miles in total. The walking conditions were great with 'proper' coast path scenery - not like the baking heat and 1000ft of hills from Minehead to Coombe Martin!. I'm still a little behind schedule but I'll have a good chance to catch up tomorrow around Barnstaple/Bideford".
(Pictured: Me & Verity courtesy of Damien Hurst at Ilfracombe 19/07/2016).


Update Tuesday 19th July: Lynmouth to Coombe Martin

Minehead to Coombe Martin

Despite the heat, Rob is not far from where he anticipated he would be on Day 3 - between Lynmouth & Coombe Martin. In this section of the route he will encounter the highest point of the South West Coastal Path; not ideal timing for the hottest day of the year to make an appearance… currently averaging 31 degrees at his current location!

Rob will no doubt feel a huge sense of achievement on reaching his next check point; especially after the many steep ascents and descents on an absolute scorcher of a day. Fingers crossed for a cooler night so he can get some well-earned shut-eye! 30 miles down 600 to go!


Update Monday 18th July: Minehead to Porlock Weir

SW Coastal Walk - Rob Rees

Yesterday was the start of Robs adventure; setting off from the SWCP monument on the promenade at Minehead, marking the start of his 630 mile journey.

Rob will now travel the 12.5miles to Porlock Weir, through Exmoor which boasts the highest coastline in England with cliffs rising to 250m, 820ft, a challenging first section! Here he will enjoy the spectacular views from Selworthy Beacon across the Bristol Channel to his homeland; the Welsh coast!

The weather was dry and the forecast for the rest of the week is hot! We hope his first night in the tent went well! ... he's only 40 or so more sleeps in it!


Date: Thursday 14th July south-west-coast-path

Commencing this weekend, I will be the walking the entire South West Coast in a solo, unaided epic adventure. To put this into perspective... my noble intentions are to leave home on Sunday 17th July and finish on/before the August Bank Holiday… after completing the gruelling (but beautiful) 630 miles.

If this wasn't daunting enough... there is hardly a flat section on-route, with 115,000 feet of ascent/descent - the equivalent to climbing Everest four times from sea level!

The plan is to complete the 630 miles of the South West Coastal Path in around 42 days averaging a sensible 15 miles per day with nothing but me, my backpack and a tent!

THE ROUTE

The South West Coast Path is England's longest way marked long-distance footpath with the final section of the path being designated as a National Trail in 1978.

The Path has some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country with beautiful beaches, stunning cliffs and a series of charming coastal villages and resorts – you are rarely more than a couple of hours away from a pub lunch or cream tea.

THE REASON

I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for Pavey Groups' chosen charity - Children’s Hospice South West. You may well be aware with the work done by this local charity and the worthiness of this organisation needs no further explanation. However, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the charity:

Children's Hospice South West provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care they offer is wide ranging respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care.

This personal challenge has been on my bucket list for a while .. and now seems as good a time as any to cross it off and whilst doing so support our chosen charity for 2016.

As you would expect I shall be travelling light with nothing but the essentials! This Blog will be updated with my progress on an ad-hoc basis by one of my colleagues who I will be communicating with on route.

So wish me luck! - If you would like to sponsor my efforts, please click here to make a donation to Children's' Hospice South West.

 

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