Clearly, the further we walk the more accommodation we will require. Sometimes we are lucky enough to know people who will put up with us for a while but mainly we will be experiencing a range of B&Bs. We were able to drive home for the first five walks so this list begins after that .
Walks 6 & 7: True style at Hollybanks House north of Emsworth. The white house in the photo above. Anna and Viv Williams are perfect hosts and the rooms are grand. They had just returned that afternoon from sailing their yacht in the Vintage Race at Cowes.
Walks 8 & 9: Homely welcome in a completely tucked away farmhouse. Youngwoods Farm is owned by lovely Judith and her husband.
10 & 11: Barbara’s mum and dad’s: fantastic food and fantastic hosts- and they put up with us for two nights and drove us around.
Walks 12/13/&14: Woodyhyde Campsite nr Corfe Castle. A three field site right next to the Swanage Steam Railway line with the top of Corfe Castle visible in the distance. Great location and wooded field edges with rope swings for the kids. http://www.woody-hyde.co.uk/
Walks 15/16 & 17: The YHA Portland. A big redbrick house that stands in contrast with most of the island’s Portland stone buildings. Well-positioned for a round island tour and good value.
Walks 18/19/20/21 & 22: John and Mary’s house in Lyme Regis. Thank you so much for the use of your lovely cottage.
Walk 23: Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren
Reminded Barbara of the hotel from The Shining although I suspect that’s wishful thinking!
Walk 24: Gary and Steve’s House airbnb Torquay
Small but perfectly formed and very reasonable rates with very welcoming hosts. Just not that convenient to the SWCP
Walks 25 – 30: Leonard’s Cove Holiday Park, Stoke Fleming – http://www.leonardscove.co.uk
Nothing glamorous from the outside but nicely refurbished inside and a view I could happily wake up to forever.
Walk 31: The Modbury Inn, Modbury
Was slightly annoyed as a wedding party had taken the bulk of the local accommodation so for the first time we had to stay inland from the path. However, the wonderfully friendly and thoughtful landlady Rhi made up for the diversion and it made it a little easier logistically for the return journey.
Walk 32: Sue Spooner at Cellars, Noss Mayo (actually on the SWCP)
A place of wonder, where at every turn you wish that you could own such beautiful creations.
Walk 33: Airbnb in Plymouth with Sarah beyond The Hoe
Not a glamorous location, but a lovely clean room with a balcony with views of the harbour. My bag was soaked through with all my clean clothes and Sarah was so lovely she tumble dried it all.
Walk 34: Airbnb in Kingsand with Natalie
Charming little cottage full of character and with very welcoming hosts.
Walk 35: The Inn on the Shore
Great location overlooking the beach. If you stay at the weekend be aware they often have live music and the bar is just below the bedrooms.
Walk 36: Polperro House
A short walk back from the harbour. A pleasant hotel.
Walk 36 onwards for quite a while…Jess’ house
Barbara’s old friend from uni days who has said she’ll put us up and drive us around for as long as needs be. Superstar!