Leg 2, 3 & 4 Preview: The south Coast.
In the last ‘Skirting the edge’ post I showed the route south, from Rooksbridge to the Lizard in Cornwall.
is across the south coast as far as Swanage in Dorset.
Its a shorter leg than the previous day, but it will involve three ferry crossings, which I will use as thats part of the fun, as well as saving many a mile around rivers to the nearest bridges. That will eat a few hours of the day up, as I wait and cross these rivers.
First planned crossing is onboard the King Harry Ferry across the River Fal:
Second should be the Brodinnick Ferry across the River Fowey
And the last one of the day the Dartmouth Higher Ferry, in Dartmouth itself.
I stop overnight in Swanage, where almost from the off I will be on another ferry. This leg is circa 280 miles.
carries off from the previous day still heading east, this leg culminated in Eastbourne.
This leg crosses Poole harbour using the Sandbank ferry taking be into Bournemouth, where I will continue to follow the coast. An early own goal was to suggest never using a motorway, and one of the ways one can do this is to use the Isle of Wight as a leap frog around the Southampton, Portsmouth M27.
All of the previous ferry crossings are short rivers and cost between £4 and £6 one way, some investigations to ferry costs out of Lymington to the Isle of Wight and a second crossing back from the Island to Portsmouth come out at nearly £60. So a change of plan has been made, and it will involve going through the middle of Southampton to avoid the M27 and the Isle of Wight.
From Portsmouth I continue through Brighton and worthing and stopping overnight in Eastbourne, This leg is circa 150 miles.
follows the coast as far east as one can go then turns back up the Thames estuary ending in picturesque Gravesend.
This leg is again shorter than most, as I wanted the chance to stop off in a few places for a reasonable amount of time, and the route itself is (along the drive from Margate towards London) mainly good roads. There are a few islands (Sheppy and Grain)I don’t intend to visit as I see no reason to visit a power station and a gas terminal.
Hotel wise it makes financial sense to stop on Gravesend, as its cheaper than north of the Thames. This leg is circa 170 miles.
its important to note that Legs 2, 3 and 4 and below the daily milage average I need to get around the coast in the time allotted, and some big days are planned for future legs (more later in the week when I talk about East Anglia and the east Coast towards Scotland).
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