The Month Before The Pre-Ride Walk On The All Wales Coastal Path


See Week One Here


The decision to walk around Wales was triggered by a comment from a friend, we were discussing the opening on May 5th 2012 of the All Wales Coastal Path and he said that no-one would walk the whole path in one go…the thought stayed with me and when I later suggested to another friend that horse riding the new path would be a great challenge, they laughed and said it was impossible due to the dangerous nature of the coastal path in places and the lack of access onto it unless on foot

It became an itch that would not go away so against my better judgement and with no money for the challenge I decided to walk around Wales on the coastal path with the intention of determining how difficult it would be to actually ride it, although doubts crept in about how insane the idea was… One source of inspiration is this:-

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now “

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

Just the inspiration needed for our pre-ride walk of *1047 miles, I had also decided to walk from Chester to Chepstow via Offas Dyke so that we could walk around the whole of Wales in a continuous circular route. Compared to some of the great adventures undertaken by some folks, this challenge seemed at times very tame and I was surprised at how many people expressed concern over my welfare, particularly as Wales is such a safe and friendly country

*(The All Wales Coastal Path is 870 miles long and Offas Dyke is 177 miles)

Planning an itinerary , selling some used horse stuff for the travel budget, preparing the van and publicising the walk took up every waking hour but within 4 weeks we were ready to leave, “we” being myself, Jackie owner and manager of secondhand Horse Stuff, and Jaycee my beautiful, loyal and brave Border Collie cross who proved to be one of the best travelling companions I have ever had

Our home for the next 4 months was my works vehicle which is also a campervan, I had bought it from Ebay some 2 years previously and although old it is a truly multi purpose vehicle. When empty of my stock, secondhand horse stuff, it offers a great little home with a double bed, table, sink and a cooker but no running water or flush toilet!

Our first week on the All Wales Coastal Path

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  1. Hiya Ali
    How great to hear from someone else who walked around Wales, strange thing is that we both went the same way, Cardigan to Cardigan, clockwise taking in Offas Dyke and Anglesey, would you do it again? It was a truly unique experience despite the awful weather conditions…thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. I walked around Wales last year(2012 ) .I began in Cardigan on March 25th in hot sunny weather and walked clockwise around Wales including Anglesey, and down Offas Dyke, finishing back in Cardigan in September. The walk took me about 5 months, and While I was away I detoured twice to go to week long summer camps (one near Oswestry, and one in Norfolk ) to practice NVC ( non violent communication ) ,and also took another detour to see some Crop circles in Wiltshire with 2 of my sons . It was a fantastic experience ..amazing to see all the twists and turns of our wonderful coastline. Ali Jones

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