Today marks Woody’s 2nd birthday. I can’t believe I’ve had my little buddy for just over a year now, it’s remarkable to reflect on just how far he has come. We’ve definitely grown closer as the months have passed, in fact Woody rarely leaves my side. To celebrate both Woody’s birthday and adoption day, we’ve got a little announcement. We’ve been busy secretly planning our biggest adventure yet and tonight we thought we’d share with you just exactly what we’ve got ourselves into!
We’ve been on countless quests to discover new beaches, walks and things to do in Cornwall these past few months. I’ve really enjoyed sharing all our dog friendly findings with you! In recent weeks, we’ve fallen in love with longer walks that take us out in the elements, exploring a little further from home. Can you guess what our biggest adventure yet might be?!
What’s the Adventure?
Woody and I have decided we’re going to walk the entire Cornish Coast Path next year. That’s 300 miles of non-stop walking around Cornwall! We’ll be tackling the South West Coast Path between Bude and Plymouth next summer. As I’ll be walking with Woody, it’s important to make sure conditions are as cool as possible. Dogs can easily overheat in hot temperatures like this year’s heatwave! So, for the moment we’re keeping the exact dates flexible. However I imagine they’ll be around May, June or September time, as these months are typically cooler, without compromising on daylight!
The South West Coast Path is the longest National Trail in Britain at a whopping 630 miles. At first I was contemplating walking the entire path, however soon felt overwhelmed. Instead we’ve decided to tackle the Cornish leg of the trail. It starts in Bude and ends in Plymouth with 300 miles of stunning coastal scenery to navigate.
Why are we doing it?
I’ve been wanting to set myself a personal challenge for a while now. Since moving back to Cornwall I’ve felt a bit lost when it comes to exercise and finding a sport to really throw myself into. I’ve previously been an elite gymnast, competitive gig rower and recreational netball player, however I am struggling to find the time or motivation to take part again. This is partly due to having Woody, who doesn’t particularly like being left alone. However it’s also partly due to my M.E too. The last thing I want to do after work the is jump in a boat to row up and down the river!
Walking has become a huge part of my life over the past year. Mostly thanks to a certain working cocker spaniel you may know! We’re out exploring come rain or shine and I’ve been pretty good at getting outside every day. One thing I have noticed though, is that I’m getting bored of our usual walks. Cue a mammoth challenge to get us out and about exploring new walks in Cornwall!
We’ve got months and months of training ahead of us, to ensure we’re both fit and healthy enough to complete the challenge. I’ve made a few purchases already including Woody’s new Palisades Pack by Ruffwear. It attaches to a harness and enables Woody to carry his own belongings when we hit the trail! There are plenty of things on our wishlist too but I’m in no hurry to buy everything now. It’s going to take time to figure out the gear we definitely need, the small comforts we’d like and the items that can stay at home.
I’ve been reading books about the South West Coast Path for months and it left me inspired. Last year I also discovered Sophie Pavelle’s expedition to walk the Cornish Coast Path, which she completed in 22 days. I’d highly recommend you watch her Sophie’s Wild Cornwall videos on YouTube, she’s incredibly knowledgable about wildlife along the coastline. I’ve also been reading everything and anything about hiking with dogs. I’ve found Hiker in Estonia’s YouTube videos really helpful. Hiking with dogs is more popular abroad, however it’s growing here in the UK. I plan to document our biggest adventure from start to finish, taking you along with us. I’ll be filming, blogging and photographing our progress as much as I can and can’t wait for our next long walk!
We’re excited to start training and I can’t wait to share our progress with you. To keep up to date with our biggest adventure yet, follow us on Instagram!