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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Heroes Haven Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the Heroes Haven, please visit their site http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk (opens in a new window) and click on the 'Donate' link in the top right of the page.

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SWCP:Day 10

Sat 21 May.  Widemouth Bay - 125miles

06:15. Blimey. A lie-in. I got uptight going with my Journal, but over the brewing kettle was engaged in delightful conversation with Sally from Merley First School. She was one of the Dorchester Gang! Having spoken at length about the world developing good young people it was Journal time.

On looking round the building again I was struck at how calming it felt. The toilet room was just like at Barcourt in Crondal at my grandparents house with net curtains and that strange smelling toilet roll - was it Izal??

 

A quick shave of the head, pack and an entry of The Baton in the visitors book, then off on my way with the intention of planning a proper visit to church tomorrow!

The walk started in glorious sunshine, and I had a tea break on top of the cliffs and put my shorts on. That must have been a message as then the cloud all came over!  I bumped in to the Dorset Ladies a number of times as we went over hill after hill after hill....

Around Midday I crossed the border into Cornwall and the most obvious change was that the kissing gates became much smaller in size! For many in the following days I had to take the bergan off. At the very least, reversing into the gate became common practice.

As the satellite station came and went, Bude came into view, and I arrived at around 17:45 in time to meet Joel again, first met in Clovelly, and we went to a fish place for a HUGE piece of fish. It must have been 4 times what we get in Swanage! The waitresses were very friendly and gave me back the tip for Heroes Haven.

Despite the potential for Bude on a Sat night I launched my bergan on my back and walked through the drizzle across the sea-lock gate at the start of the old canal with the intention of getting to Widemouth Bay. This was quite a trek in the rain and dim light, but the PH was there and having enquired if if was only a restaurant I was let in for two pints of best bitter. I was grateful to George and his party who included a police DI who seemed very kern to hear of the project. Just as I was walking out  Nick Ellse asked what I was doing and he commanded his party of five to hand over £5 each. Fantastic.

As I walked out of the door. It was chucking it down, and I thought 'I have a problem here'. On arrival  I had looked across the bay and seen a likely place for the tent, but now it was howling! The locals had said there was a surfers shower in the beach car park and as I arrived I spied a bus shelter on the opposed end of the toilet building. An excellent location and as the rain fell all night at least I had a solid roof over my head, and was out of the wind!

 

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