This summer a small group of QARNNS personnel from DMG (SW) completed just under 30 miles of the South West Coast Path over 2 days in a challenge set out by former OCN, Cdr Kevin Charlton. The initial idea was that personnel from DMG (SW) would complete the South West Coast Path challenge, however due to time constraints and commitments this was narrowed down to 3 days to cover the areas around BRNC DARTMOUTH, RNAS CULDROSE and RAF ST MAWGAN keeping ties with military grounds.
The first leg, organised by LNN Adam Banks, commenced at Start Point Lighthouse and finished 14 miles later in Dartmouth after 5 and a half hours of walking. The day was topped off with some well-deserved fish and chips to end and a spot of crabbing before heading back to base. With the weather on its best behaviour all day this walk proved a success and it was on to planning the next leg of the challenge.
The second leg was organised by LNN Sophie Barber and started in the pretty fishing town of Porthleven, Cornwall. This leg was originally planned for 2 days of walking however due to accommodation issues more miles were covered over the 1 day instead. The weather however was not going to be as co-operative as the first walk and it was a wet start to the 14 miles ahead. Nevertheless, in true QARNNS style, spirits and morale remained high and the group made good pace towards Lizard Point where the second leg ended. The sunshine eventually came out to play and the team were rewarded with an ice cream and a taste of the local Cornish liquid delicacies after the 5 and a half hours of challenging coastal terrain.
These 2 days were completed by Lt Sampson, LNN Banks, LNN Barber and LNN Griffin and both days proved a success, partially due to hard work put in by those planning but mainly down to the teamwork and dedication shown by the team. I chose to take part in this challenge in order to push myself outside of the clinical environment and integrate with the unit more. Having organised the second leg of the challenge it helped to improve my organisational and planning skills, as the plan and route had to be adapted from a 2 day walk down to a 1 day walk which didn’t come without a few challenges to overcome before the walk could take place. From this I feel more confident when organising events such as divisional days and more confident when working and communicating with the wider Royal Navy.
Thank you to LNN Barber for this article and we look forward to hearing about the third leg of this challenge when it occurs. Click here for some pictures of the two days.