Anyone done or wanting to do the Coast of Britain?

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1. Posted by HarleyRockerBoy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm thinking of doing the coast of Britain this year and would welcome your suggestions and comments whether you've done it already and can give me advice or would like to do it? At the moment I have two idea/options by Camper Van and/or Motorbike as I feel these give you the ultimate freedom. I look forward to hearing from you.;)

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 826 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

A camper with a trail bike would be fun.
How long do you think it would take to do the complete tour?

Including Northern Ireland?
Time it right and you could get to see some Irish Road Racing, which I hear is a great craic.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Have you thought of walking? There is a coastal trail system. That would be the ultimate freedom. Obviously you wouldn't do the entire coast in one trip, but it might be a fun project to include future trips. Here's the web site. Click here for the National Trail Web Site Just a thought.

I'm not fond of camper vans but a motor bike and local lodging would be nice if you don't want to walk.

4. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 195 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

One year I did a short drive in the south-western pat of the country. Was much better and nicer than expected with beautiful scenery, nice weather and great atmosphere everywhere.

Exeter - Padstow - Newquay - Eden Project - Torquay - (and all in between)

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5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1521 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Obviously you wouldn't do the entire coast in one trip

My friend did just that - she believes she was the first woman to walk the entire coast solo. She wrote a book about her experiences. :)

Personally there are bits I'd skip but virtually all of the West side is scenic. Obviously Skegness is in the "skip" pile...

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Andy, I'd love to read that book.

Todd, we loved the southwest. We spent a few weeks in Cornwall last spring and it was magic. We didn't have the greatest weather, but we hadn't expected to and were prepared. Everyone was incredibly friendly and the scenery, as you say, was stunning. We stayed on a farm near Truro and drove all over Cornwall. Just gorgeous.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 695 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Pros & cons:

Camper van

Cons: Issues with finding campsites nearby (stopping overnight in a layby can be iffy); issues with accessing many/most car parks (the majority are height restricted to prevent overnight stops and especially so in seaside towns/villages); unless you take a pushbike just popping into a town for some milk/whatever can be a real problem in terms of parking; inability to access smaller and/or steeper lanes; potential security risk as all valuables will be kept in the van and assumed to be so. Eats fuel.

Pros: reasonably safe and reasonably warm accommodation at little or no cost; safe to drive in all weather conditions; ability to take ample appropriate clothing plus books, maps etc; ability to cook own food & do own washing (sort of), which will save a lot of money.

Motorbike:

Cons: (Assuming you're not thinking of taking a tent) daily cost of accomm and eating out; severely limited in what you can carry (e.g. clothing for all seasons, as required year-round in the UK); riding in rain isn't fun and can be very dangerous indeed.

Pros: Easy parking and freedom to access all roads; fuel costs much lower; valuables can be safely stored in accomm.

If it were me I'd go with the campervan, despite the cons..... but I'd make sure I'd got a pushbike with me. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Apr-2019, at 12:22 by leics2 ]

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1521 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Andy, I'd love to read that book.

Midges, Maps and Muesli: Account of a 5, 000 Mile Walk Round the Coast of Britain

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Apr-2019, at 12:25 by AndyF ]

9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 826 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

For me the main pro of a camper is weather protection.
I love my motorbikes but the weather in the UK can be erratic to say the least, and mucking about with the appropriate clothing can be a real pain. Especially when luggage space is at a premium.
However there are lots of drawbacks to a camper, especially the traffic that a bike would just slice through.
So a camper with a small trail bike (125-250cc) on the back would seem the ideal solution.
That size of bike wouldn't be great on motorways or for long on big, fast A-roads even.
But more than adequate on smaller A roads and B/C etc roads.
Some days you'd be prepared to endure the traffic to stay on or close to a beach/shoreline, and other days you could camp inland and just ride down to do a section of coastline.
On top of that the camper would be able to carry suitable clothing (bike and casual) for a range of weather conditions, and would be a nice place to watch the shore if the weather is particularly poor.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Apr-2019, at 13:11 by Andrew Mack ]

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Andy, Thank you so much. I just ordered it for my Kindle. Can't wait to start reading. She's a fascinating person. I noticed another book she co-authored about traveling on a narrow boat with a cat named Cookie that is probably next on my list. Fun!