Welcome to Swanage Army Link.

The Swanage Army Link is a dynamic association that has evolved over nearly 30 years between the Swanage Railway, the British Army, the People of Swanage and the Royal British Legion.

Regular ongoing visits by the Royal Corps of Signals soldiers are core to this Link, as is Team Herston, formed in 2007, bringing together local residents and ex soldiers who work regularly on our core project – the upkeep of Herston Halt.

More recently we have been proud to welcome Heroes Haven into the fold.

Want to know more? See About the Army Link .

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SWCP:Day 3

After a restful night I was still up BT 06:00 reading the last magazine that j had been carrying on my poor back. Having read about the success of the new London Underground, and some whinging article about car parking at railway stations, I got up to dump even more stuff. Surely this would be the final load sent by Royal Mail back to number 8. I was sure ther was no gass in my canister and suddenly even more came hissing out as I let the final lot escape. So diligently I had done this as I did not want the news headlines to be "Dustbin lorry explodes on the A39"
Shower, shaved head and then to a huge breakfast before some phone calls letters and a couple of walk sitreps. Ken and Caroline Blakey were excellent hosts in the Lee House; I will definitely return to that friendly oasis. When she said that she had been the Station Manager at Blackfriars in a previous life escaping the hub-hub of London life for Lynton, we struck a chord. Then she said she worked fir the DfT on things like Schedule 17 and I was definitely amused. Then she said her name had been Roberts! I then got on my way.

I felt fully refreshed and in good sun set off westwards. I had spent a bit too much time on admin, but was confident of a good bit of stretching out as I decended towards the Valley of Rocks. Past a quaint former Abbey which was now an adventure training place with lots of religious looking groups floating about. What struck me most here were the oak trees; everywhere and bent over by the prevailing winds- photo to follow.

On the photo front, some explanation! I have been trying to take a couple a day on my I phone to sent off to people, and then others on a camera from which the photos will follow.

I was Amazed at how few people were on the route,

 

.... Day3 cont. The oak woods gave way to endless cliff faces and some great views round Heddons Mouth or teeth or something. That is where I sat for the R4 Shipping Forecast (deep Joy!). I have heard it many times, but no mention of "Bristol channel" that night - I then realised that must be part if the i"nshore waters" bit only given sometimes. It did not really mater, an I could see the clouds and the rain came

The next three hours were a real slog, changing levels of rain, wind and no-one in sight. I did a map reccee(well bad practice fir a soldier) and saw some respite in a wood at the bottom of Great Hangman. That was my home fir the night, and as it was nearly dark, a fast tent action, cooked rice for tea and bed. I did decide to read a bit of Travels With Boogie,By Nark Walkington and how they left Minehead in the rain!

 

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