The Salt Path
By Raynor Winn
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 or cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.
I love a good memoir and this one was one of the best I have read in ages! An uplifting read about how the perils of life can push you forward and achieve the unexpected.
When Raynor and Moth loose everything, their house, livelihood and money they decide to walk the entire Coastal Path in the South West. Taking only a few essentials, thin sleeping bags, a small tent and very little provisions they set out. Homeless and on the path to… who knows where. The couple are in their 50s and the fact they are homeless and have just packed a bag to walk is so inspiring. They walk every day for miles, most of the time only eating a little food and some days struggling to find water. Moth and Raynor brave the elements of weather, the judgemental stares and comments from people, fight hunger, and Moth fights his ever increasing pain of his illness.
The couple show such strength and love which is beautiful to read. Although many people judge them for being homeless so many more are kind, helpful and supportive. Their age and the fact they are homeless show how prejudice we are as humans and how cruel we can be to people who fall under the bracket of “old” or “homeless” how people treated them made me feel so sad.
What I loved about this book is where they walk, I have walked pockets of the SW coastal path, I have lived in Cornwall all my life so many of the landmarks and places they walk through I have been so I could imagine the craggy landscapes and beautiful views so vividly I felt I was there with them.
I also loved how nature was very important, it helps Moth cure his illness, it spurs the couple to keep walking on, even when they are in great peril nature provides water for them or shelter. Being out in nature is so important and this book has made me remember this.
If you enjoy reading memoirs or love nature and walking this book will be a great read for you. The Salt Path is such a heart warming beautiful read of a couple who hit rock bottom but walked their way back to the top! Thanks for reading, Katie x