This walk was one that I found on Walking World which is a membership site. Unfortunately you cannot see the details of the walk unless you are a member.
It was a 9 mile walk that was set largely alongside the river. Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy it as much as some of the previous ones. I seemed to really struggle physically; my feet were hurting quite a bit.
Also, there weren’t really convenient rest stops so I just had to make do.
The walk started by walking along the coastal path which was quite nice. I had to go up some steps somewhere but the directions didn’t make it clear which ones. In the end I went up 5 sets of steps before I found the correct ones.
After this the path went up into some fields and I got a bit lost here. I couldn’t figure out the directions and had to guess and I guessed wrong. I didn’t go far wrong though. I used Google Maps to get me to the next Waypoint which was only 10 minutes away.
I found a large section of this walk to be a bit boring, but perhaps I also had a lot on my mind and wasn’t taking it in properly. There were fields, some woodland, a pretty church and some pigs!
I knew that the last part of the walk would take me back past the river and I wanted to stop to eat somewhere there. I managed to find my way down to the river but at first I couldn’t see anywhere suitable. The path actually turned away from the river and ran along the edge of several fields.
But then I noticed a small gap in between a small huddle of trees. There was a sharp drop and underneath I could see the water’s edge. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get back up but then I spied a large rope that could be used to pull yourself up so I jumped down.
This came out into a tiny opening, perhaps just 10 feet wide and the water was lapping up within 2 feet of the shore! I sat on an old piece of driftwood and ate my lunch trying not to get my feet wet!
By this point it was starting to get very cold which was made worse by the coastal winds. I had to zip my jacket right up to the neck. It was also clouding over quite thickly and became rather dark so I didn’t enjoy this as much as I usually would on a sunny day but it was still very serene.
The walk back along the river to the start was not very enjoyable as I was now aching, cold and just wanted to get home. One of the things that also sometimes makes me sad on these walks is when I see litter that has been dumped. I keep meaning to bring a carrier bag with me so I can collect up some of it on the way.
I’ve joined a walking forum and sought out some advice about my aching feet. Most people who responded said that I should be building up by doing lots of shorter walks rather than just doing increasingly longer and longer ones.
Next weekend I am going to Brighton for 3 days. I have a work conference on the Friday and then I plan to spend Saturday and Sunday walking in the downs though I don’t think I will try to walk this far on each day.