Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.
Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.
The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.
I have to admit that if I were to find myself in a similar position to Raynor Winn and her husband, completing a coastal walk over 600 miles is the last thing I would do. In some ways, this gave me admiration for them and it is what made me pick the book up. I really enjoyed their stories of the people they met and the interesting things they did as well as sympathising with them in their more difficult moments. I was fascinated by the way they managed to survive.
The area of the country covered by the “salt path” is clearly beautiful and the landscapes are breathtaking. I loved the way Winn described these, giving the reader the opportunity to follow the path from the comfort of their own home.
The Salt Path is available from Amazon.