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 28

Day 28. Thu 16 Jun. 450/633 miles. Salcombe

At around 04:30 the heavens opened. The weather man had said they would, and to be fair he also said that it would be a band of rain, which it was. As I lay in my sleeping bag it was howling outside. But I had to get up.........

That was a wet and difficult morning but I was soon on my way and after 30 minutes the rain-band was well away and the sun came out.

 

As a continued my journey I came across a a herd of 450 cows who were on their way back to the cliff from milking! I know as I asked the bloke! It was great to see this long line of beasts, just returning to the field from where they had come, ready to make more milk!

My next obstacle  was the river crossing at the mouth of the River Erme. This was very secluded and to top it all I had run out of water and there were no streams. I called at a farmhouse and a lady obliged me with drinking water. I went down to the sea water to wait for two and a half hours for the water level to be low enough to wade- well that's what the book said.  I got my tent out and watched the water dripping  off, and drafted more words on the phone.

By 10:45 I was ready to give it a shot. Boots off, shorts on, and I wandered across the sand and engaged with the water. It was almost fun until the sand ran out and my painful feet were feeling for smooth pebbles to stand on. The water came right up to my thighs and there was quite a flow on - and with 20kg on my back, I took care not to end up horizontal!

All was well but I had to rush into gear as I had received a text that Jules, who had left Portsmouth by train around 06:00 as nearly at Burgh Island. There were a few ascents and descents and I eventually arrived at Bigbury-on-sea at around 13:30. I was on time, but Jules had decided to taxi it from Ivybridge as opposed to a bus from Plymouth, and so had been there a while!

After a bite to eat, we headed for the River Avon Ferry. The rest of the day was a steady walk down past the Hopes, then Bolt Tail, and on to Bolt Head. Somehow, I got lost again and we forged down a bracken slope to re-find the path at Sharp Tor.

Having done around 20 miles by now my feet were in a bad state and I crawled into Salcombe to look for B&B. Eventually we rushed up to the Ria View having had it recommended by 'a local'. We booked in and got back to a pub where we had asked about accommodation just before kitchen closing time.

After two pints, the weary monster was getting me so we went back to see the horrendous weather forecast for the following day. It did not look too dry! 

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