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 32

D32 Mon 20 Jun. 536/633 miles. Seaton.

As I woke at 04:45 it was a most dreary morning. It had been a sleepless night, I had left my radio on through the night, and the wind, mist and drizzle had made it very damp.

 

Despite frequent visits by cars using the turning circle, I had decided I was not bothering to follow Army protocol that day, and shaving would not be taking place! I brushed my pegs, packed up my house and started the first uphill slope of the morning.

Indeed my Cicerone Guide warned of many slopes, and as the morning drew on I contemplated that this was now day 8 of marching without a break - like wot Roman soldiers used to take!

It really was another tedious day, although perked up a little by walking with Steve and Lee-Anne who were from Redruth on one of their frequent visits to the family caravan, and then there was time for a brew at the Branscombe Mouth café. The stop did me a favour, as whilst talking to a fellow walker, I was reminded that the Lulworth Ranges would probably be closed preventing a hassle free home approach to Swanage four days later. I would ring up and find out.

The day was to be a short walking one, and I called John from the lovely village of Beer to ensure that he was at his post in Seaton, and assured him I would be OK sitting around the town for the afternoon. Although I had stayed in Beer with my father and two brothers in the 1970’s I had not stepped up to the Head, or indeed realised how close Seaton was; I suppose when you are a child most journeys are a very long way.

I nearly went on a tram, but got John and Sue a bottle of good red wine, got the latest news on the new Tesco development on the old holiday camp site from the ladies in the library/tourist info office and went to purchase even more postage stamps from the Spar Post Office.

As I arrived in the Gallery café on the sea front, the heavens opened again as the staff rushed around bringing indoors all of the chairs and cushions. By then we all presumed that the rain was here for the day and so it was!

Having tired of the talk in the café, I ventured to the pub, got a quick pint and waited to meet with John, although only walking half the day I was amazingly tired, and had to stop myself from sleeping in the car. We were soon in Axminster, where Sue was on form, jovial as ever and rushing round the kitchen preparing a full roast. Meanwhile John was enthused by helping to plan my route, copying bus timetables and it was confirmed that my bag would stay put for two, as I got ahead with my mileage.

The evening was good fun and we caught up with a few war stories, and a couple of fine tasting Birthday Ports!

 

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