Jane Allen, a former Royal Navy Commander is walking the entirety of Britain’s coastline and has completed her first 500 miles. Raising money for both the RNRMC and WRNS BT, Jane is making great progress and has sent in her own account of her first 500 miles. Here is Jane’s story:

"Looking back on the first 500 miles (Portsmouth to Hullbridge, Essex) of the Victory Walk, the main difficulty is remembering where I’ve been!  Being on the move almost every day means that the walk becomes a blizzard of place names, each to be reached, passed and left behind. 

Already I’ve walked on almost every type of terrain, ranging from tarmac, shingle, chalk, sand, pavements, clay, pebbles, shells and grass, to glutinous mud. This has been accompanied by a cocktail of British weather - ice, snow, strong winds, sleet, rain, freezing winds and a little sunshine.

Encountering my first hill after 100 miles of flat walking was a shock to the system, as were the ‘Seven Sisters’ series of clifftops leading finally to the amazing 531-foot vista from Beachy Head.

Miles of pebbled beaches and the never-ending grassy curved protective seawalls have proved monotonous.

 

To write that the walk has been wholly enjoyable would be slightly misleading.  It’s been challenging to encounter quite so many closed and derelict industrial sites, vandalised buildings and mounds of fly-tipped debris.  The non-existent or tampered waymarking and overgrown paths or sudden unmarked dead-ends have certainly caused walker’s frustration at times!

These occasional dips in morale have easily been countered by meeting so many kind people along the way, including enthusiastic assistance from Sea Cadet Units. Highlights include seeing busy ferry ports and container terminals in action; visiting Hastings’ ‘Pier of the Year 2017’; walking the length of the World’s Longest Leisure Pier at Southend; chancing upon countless monuments and memorials commemorating everything from wars to winkles; crossing the Thames on Westminster Bridge; and the first major change in walking direction: from east to north.

I’m sure there will be numerous good and bad things to come, just as there are many, many more miles to walk.  All I ask in return is that donations to the Victory Walk continue to roll in!"

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