In keeping with the British love of esoteric rules here are mine for this walk:
- No Islands. I’ll follow the edge of the British mainland only (There are 6,289 islands around Britain)
- Follow the closest footpath to the coast. Where these are closed due to tide, flooding, cliff collapse or a firing range I’ll choose the next closest inland path.
- I’ll take bridges over rivers where they have a pedestrian walkway.
- No manmade breakwaters or piers unless they provide photographic opportunities.
- For a change of perspective and as homage to John Merrill, the first British coast walker, I’ll be following his footsteps to detour inland to the highest summits of England, Wales and Scotland (Scafell Pike, Snowdon, and Ben Nevis).
- No vehicles. I’ll walk every step of the way. This means no boats or ferries across rivers and estuaries. This adds significant distance to the route due to lengthy inland detours to the first crossing point especially in Devon & Cornwall.