The Blurb (from Goodreads)
Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. 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.
They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as 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.
Recently I posted a shelfie of some of my favourite books about walking in nature and got a massive response, many sharing their favourites with me. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn was by far the most recommended, and so I bought it straightaway. It’s the memoir of a woman who loses her home just days after discovering her beloved husband of 32 years is terminally ill. Unable to think what to do or to live, they make the impulsive and rather incredible decision to walk the wild windswept South West Coast Path, from Somerset through Devon and Cornwall to Dorset. It’s a walk I’ve longed dreamed of making, though my plan includes luggage transfers and warm cosy B&Bs at night. Ray and her husband Moth are virtually penniless and often hungry. They camp out along the path, in an old tent and cheap sleeping-bags, and often rely on the kindness of strangers to survive. It’s a truly remarkable and moving story that celebrates love and the resilience of the human spirit.