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 9

Day 9 -  Fri 20 May (12.5 of 110.25 miles) Hartland

Up at 05:00 to send off a load of reports to the web. I received a text overnight from Lynn Connor asking where I was, so I checked the website. Others were starting to ask too, so feel the need to be quicker with updates. However I have had no signal for the past 14 hrs on Hartland.

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SWCP:Day 10

Sat 21 May.  Widemouth Bay - 125miles

06:15. Blimey. A lie-in. I got uptight going with my Journal, but over the brewing kettle was engaged in delightful conversation with Sally from Merley First School. She was one of the Dorchester Gang! Having spoken at length about the world developing good young people it was Journal time.

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SWCP:Day 7

Day 7 - (13.75 of 97.75 miles) Clovelly

The early to bed meant an early rise at around 05:30, but I wasn't messing about this morning.

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SWCP:Day 6

What I did not mention in the previous report is that my first 2 blisters arrived on Day 5 (D5), mainly on the sole of my right foot.

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SWCP:Day 5

I had risked the night at Woolacombe without a tent in the park, which was a hell of a risk which could have seen me carrying a sodden sleeping bag all day.

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SWCP:Day 4

I left my tiny radio on and so woke early, and so as not to give the sand flies a good start I packed up fast, jumped into a stream for a wash and shave then tabbed myself up to the top of Great Hangman.

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SWCP:Day 3

After a restful night I was still up BT 06:00 reading the last magazine that j had been carrying on my poor back. Having read about the success of the new London Underground, and some whinging article about car parking at railway stations, I got up to dump even more stuff.

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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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