The South West Coast Path is one of the world's most popular long-distance walking
routes, taking in 630 miles of breathtaking scenery, from Minehead to Poole via Land's
End and the Lizard.
The reader will find no better recommendation for reading this book
than that provided by the SWCP National Trail Officer, Mark Owen:
"Anyone who loves walking the South West Coast Path National Trail and wants to
find out more about the landscapes it passes through and the heritage found along
our coastline will enjoy this book. The author has done a great job of bringing to
life the stories behind the diverse landscapes to be found as you walk around our
For millennia, people have lived, worked, worshipped and occasionally had to
fight along the coastline followed by the South West Coast Path and Ruth Luckhurst
covered thousands of miles, spoke to numerous experts and local people, as well as
unearthing material from archives and museums. I’m delighted that through this
book, she is able to bring all this together to give a fascinating overview of what
you’ll find as you explore the UK’s longest National Trail."
This book, along with its superb illustrations, will add immeasurably to the pleasure of
exploring the lesser known aspects of the coast path, whether in planning a route to take
or in looking back at a section already covered and appreciating in more detail the unique
qualities of the coastal landscapes, places and people.
A writer, editor, designer and publisher,
Ruth specialises in the stories of the British landscape, from geology to mythology
and including everything in between. As the official walks writer for the
South West Coast Path’s four-year ‘Unlocking Our Coastal Heritage’ project, Ruth
Luckhurst devised over 500 short circular routes based on the Coast Path, her
research giving her a unique insight into the most fascinating features of the landscape
and the stories behind them which she includes in this book.
Travel, long distance backpacking and exploring the wilder regions of the country
underpin her career as a writer, photographer and blogger.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 283 5, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2016.