About the book
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.
Published by Michael Joseph
Walking The Salt Path on the south west coast is not the normal response from a couple who have just been made homeless and are dealing with the illness of the husband, but that is exactly what the author and her husband end up doing. It seems the ultimate escape from the reality of the position they find themselves in.
I loved how straight forward this couple are! They had to suffer the sadness of losing their beloved farm and home in a very cruel manner, and then are dealt the blow of Moth is suffering a terminal illness – to many people this double blow would be enough to finish them off, but they seem to have the attitude of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and they decide now is the time to hit the road, so to speak, and to attack the 630 mile path that they’ve read about so much.
Along the way, armed with only the bare minimum of equipment and money, they encounter a variety of characters and a variety of attitudes which really opened their eyes to how others see the ‘homeless’. When they meet people who assume they’ve just taken time out to do the walk, they are treated warmly and kindly but when they say they’re homeless and the tent they stay in is all they have, they find attitudes change completely and it’s an eye opening side to the story.
But for all the bad attitudes they encounter, there is also good amongst people and it’s the kindness of strangers that help them along the way especially when money is so tight and that was really heart warming to read about. It is an inspiring book that made them re-evaluate all that they thought they’d held dear, and made them focus on one another and embracing a much simpler way of life.