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.

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SWCP:Day 33

D33 Tue 21 Jun. 549 Miles. Seatown.

The starting point for the day was to be the interview with the British Forces Broadcasting Service at 08:45. Our own Alan from Radio Caroline, and Hal, from BFBS, had kindly jacked this up.

 

I thought I all was set up with a landline, and whilst the audio quality was not too good with crocodiles in the background, I think I mentioned all elements of our venture – you can hear the broadcast on the website.

I then had a chance to do another hour of reports and then it was down the garden path, through a gate, and then onto the bus to Seaton. Alan however had been asking me for photos for the Bournemouth Echo, and so I got a bit carried away sending 24 high quality photos from my phone. It crashed, and did not know quite what to do. Alan did mange to get a few images and he sent them off.

I walked down the Seaton front towards the world’s first concrete road-bridge and up a long hill passed the golf course. When you are in the car you miss things, and despite many years of travelling along the local roads I had never noticed the fantastic Undercliff woods 800 acres of longitudinal unspoilt woods, which are slowly moving into the sea. In 1839 8 million tons slid seaward, and opened up a huge chasm. It was a very muddy, but humid and enjoyable 6-mile walk. There had been spits of rain, but the humidity was high so it was off with the shirt, causing a few comments form middle aged ladies – a few even crossed over paths to have a closer look. Yes, really!

Before I know it I was back in my home county of DORSET. I only remember I had passed the border with no passport control as I saw a Dorset Works Organisation truck.

The walk down to The Cobb was a first for me, and the view of bowls, the boats and Golden Cap in the distance was fantastic. The place was mobbed, and for one of the few times along the Path, I felt the holiday feeling. New investment, new retail outlets near the sea, new sea defences, this was only one of two real seaside towns on the Dorset coast. Swanage being the other, and Weymouth is in the Olympic League now!

I rushed to the sausage roll shop at the bottom of the hill to Seaton and the lady said, them with cheese are all gone by 08:30. I informed her I had walked the whole Path, telling all of the ace produce from their shop. We laughed, and I bought other fine goodies instead. I sat and thought about the morning, and realised that one thing I had hoped to do on my journey was to strip off and have a swim in the sea. Perhaps June was still too cold, or I was simply a wimp!

The Path takes a big detour away from the coast here, and looking back on the Spittles you can see the mass of dirt ready to move down to the beach at any time. It is a good 2.5 miles of inland road through Charmouth (and an ice cream) before the long haul up tarmac towards Westhay Farm and more excellent sunny views of the coast to the east. I felt more like a wimp during the afternoon as two separate runners passed me twice, running up and down Golden Cap, one I am sure was RM, and the other was about the age of Charlie The Bus in Swanage who at 63 suddenly started to run marathons. Perhaps I would get off my arse soon and start running again – perhaps even round Windsor Great Park [I think Darren is aware of this - Ed!].

The rise of the path came and went and I wondered if I would make it top West Bay that day after all. By the time I reached Seatown, I had decided I was walked-out, and I headed for Chideock, and the bus back to Axminster. A short walk through the lovely town I had spent the last Christmas in, when it was all covered in snow, and then I was back with John and Sue for beer, food, more chat and bed.

 

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