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Wednesday, 01 May 2019

The Salt Path

Written by Christina Bolton
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The Salt Path by Raynor Winn is a memoir about a couple who looses their home, savings and business on the Welsh countryside in an unlikely foreclosure. Then two days later her husband, Moth, who is just 50 years old, is told that he has a deadly disease and may only have months to live. Faced with both of these tragedies at once they need to decide where to go quickly. Instead of living on cardboard in the streets like other homeless people they run into, they cobble together basic hiking gear – a tent, sleeping bags, backpacks, a camp stove and guidebook and decide to walk the 630 mile South West Coast Path from Somerset to Dorset wild camping all the way. They start out slowly as Moth is quite ill, but gradually he regains strength and his condition improves even though he's been specifically told by his doctors that only rest will help his disease and not to exert himself – though the exact opposite seems to happen on the journey.


Living mostly on tea and noodles and a tiny pension of about 40 pounds a week they manage to have a host of rich experiences along the coast – watching the quiet beauty of nature while also completely exposed to its fierceness. Without giving away too much, I'll say this book has many twists and turns and coincidences but always lights a torch towards hope.


Lyrical, well written and inspirational, The Salt Path is a must read for anyone down on their luck as they will realize that they can certainly head out on their own path locally, no matter where they happen to be and use some of the same lessons of belief and perseverance to change their lives.



The Salt Path, Raynor Winn, Penguin Books, 2019


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