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 17

D17 Sun 05 Jun 11. 253/633 Whitesand Bay

Woken by the rain on the tent at 05:00, thankfully, did not last too long, and the shower passed. I got out of my sack, and although I rushed about it was 90 or so minutes of messing about shaving etc before I was on my way.

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SWCP:Day 16

D16 Sat 04 Jun 11

With St Ives firmly in my mind, and in view it was a 07:30 start, and the choice of sand dunes or beach. I opted for the later and the 3 mile hike across sands. More on that later. The odd happy dog was in the sea, of both 2 and 4 leg varieties, and it was bliss in the morning sun. Runners came past but the end just did not seem to be getting closer.

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SWCP:Day 15

Day 15 - Fri 03 Jun 222 of 633 miles Godrevy Towans

Prep for D15 had been ongoing during my week back at work and in London, be that sorting out photos on the PC, catching up with this and that, or shopping for gas cylinders and the like.

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SWCP:Day 14

Day 14 - Wed 25 May 11. Perranporth & Penzance

I cheekily dossed outside The Phoenix at Watergate Bay, and whilst wanted a good early start, I did not count on the grass cutting tractor at 05:25. Noisy bugger. An even more calamitous development was that the public toilets were closed! What, no shave??

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SWCP:Day 13

Day 13 - Tue 24 May 11. 185/633 miles. Watergate Bay

Having stayed in bed far too long overnight, I managed three hours of admin, sent off e-mails, and then reports and photos for the website.

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SWCP:Day 12

Day12 - Mon 23 May.166/633 miles.  Padstow

Whilst I pitched my tent on someone's old lawn at Trebarwith Strand, it was a very sleepless night. With every great exceptional gust of wind, I thought I would be picked up and whisked over the Fort William Inn.


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SWCP:Day 11

Day 11 - Sun 22 May 11. Tintagel

It had been a howling night, and the rain was still falling in the morning, but with washing facilities present, good early morning progress was made.

Outside however, the wind and the rain were the problems so I took shelter next to buildings twice before breakfast near Millook.

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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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