Welcome to Swanage Army Link.

The Swanage Army Link is a dynamic association that has evolved over nearly 30 years between the Swanage Railway, the British Army, the People of Swanage and the Royal British Legion.

Regular ongoing visits by the Royal Corps of Signals soldiers are core to this Link, as is Team Herston, formed in 2007, bringing together local residents and ex soldiers who work regularly on our core project – the upkeep of Herston Halt.

More recently we have been proud to welcome Heroes Haven into the fold.

Want to know more? See About the Army Link .


Heroes Haven Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the Heroes Haven, please visit their site http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk (opens in a new window) and click on the 'Donate' link in the top right of the page.

Please enter SWCP as the reference.

Inspired by Heroes Haven Swanage, and the prospect of supporting injured Forces personnel, Frank Roberts walked the 633 mile South West Coast Path during May and June 2011.

Along the route Frank was joined by a couple of scallywags, and there are some tall tales and many pictures under the SWCP banner on this site.

Heroes Haven – Swanage is very much a part of The Swanage Army Link. Initially setting out to raise £80,000 to provide a place of relaxation for the injured, over £260,000 has been raised to date.

We continue to support this worthy charity, and would ask you to quote SWCPwhen making any donations.

More information about the charity can be found on their website at http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk/ and you can donate by clicking the button below

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If you are kind enough to use the button above to donate, please mention Frank Roberts and/or South West Coastal Path (SWCP) walk in the paypal 'message to seller' box.

You can find out more about the path on their official website at http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/

SWCP:Day 24

Day 24 Sun12th Jun. Charlestown

The day was my 50th birthday.
You may have read that on the previous Thursday as I arrived in Falmouth, having seen the weather forecast for Sunday, I had decided to take the day off......

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SWCP:Day 23

Day23 Sat 11 Jun. 380/633 miles. Charlestown.

Having slept on the cliff-top somewhere above Portholland, I was up soon after the dawn and trundling down more hills.

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SWCP:Day 22

Day22. Fri 10 Jun. 350/633. Clifftop at Portholland.

I slept well in the Falmouth B&B, then made my way to the Port where I had a long chat with Alex on the quayside, almost pleading with her to get to uni, join a UOTC, and then go for Army Officer.

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SWCP:Day 21

Day21 Thu 09 Jun 333.5/633miles. Falmouth

I was dropped in Coverack by Adam on his way to work, and he explained how he, as a retained fireman, often supported the Coastguard, and paramedics in a role which works well in remote cliff to locations.

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SWCP:Day 20

Day20 Wed 08 Jun 310/633 miles. Coverack

I was up early in the summer house at the Halzephron, and this was to be a very good day.

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SWCP:Day 19

Day19 Tue 07 Jun 290 of 633 miles. Gunwalloe

The B&B on Penzance gave me chance to catch up on e-mails. I wrote up a few daily reports and went through my bergan and sent a few more times home to reduce the weight; including my flip flops for a second time!!

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SWCP:Day 18

Day18 Mon 06 Jun 273 of 633 miles

Having been at the Treverda Farm campsite overnight I got up, washed some clothes and made my way towards Sellen. There was another Gig rowing club there, and then on to Lands End, arriving at 07:55. It was bliss as there was no one else around, and the sun was out.

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  • Patrick

    Patrick joined Frank on his walk of the SWCP over the weekend of 18th & 19th June 2011.

    He wasasked for a brief report on the two days which he supplied but needed some editing to remove some home truths and 'plain talking' before they could be published!

    Thanks very much for them though - they made the web man laugh!

    I think Patrick summed it up in his reply to me:

    I had a good weekend with Frank but bloody hell, I couldn't do what he has done.


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