Health

Completing in memory of my Dad

Georgie Padley

I set out walking the Coast Path on 28/08/21 and finished on 23/10/21, in memory of my Dad. Dad tragically took his own life on 23/03/20, the day we locked down, and it has been incredibly hard for my family and I. 

I wanted to do something monumental to raise money for men’s health charity ‘Movember’ and having grown up near the Coast Path, walking a lot as a family and taken such solace from walking in the initial months after Dad’s passing, walking the entire SWCP seemed fitting. Whilst it was a great physical and mental challenge, I can hand on heart say that I absolutely loved it! Not a day went by where I didn’t marvel at how lucky we are to have such a beautiful, well maintained and marked path running along the South West coastline.

I walked some of the journey on my own and also linked up with friends and family to walk different sections with me, all of whom enjoyed doing so and were in awe of its spectacular nature – even if the weather was a bit questionable at times! I also met some great people along the way who I hope to keep in touch with and have made very fond memories with. All in all, it has been a very healing, reflective and restorative journey which I shall hold close to me as I inch towards my future.

For more information on my expedition, I have an Instagram page documenting my walk: @_starting_conversations

1 comment

  1. Bravo!!! That’s an incredible achievement. You’re one of very few through hikers, so kudos to you ❤❤❤🚶‍♀️ I recently read the book by Oscar Burton, Any Porth in a Storm, so I know thus route is not easy going in any way, although it dies offer some astounding scenery and views.
    I also read The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. Both really good reads.
    So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing, that must have been really hard for everyone to deal with. 💔
    I’m admiring of your strength and fortitude. Wish you all the best.
    P.s. if you decide to write a journal (book) about your journey…be sure to let me know 😉

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