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 31

D31 Sun 19 Jun. 523 miles. Sidmouth.

Patrick’s report covers most of the day, although he did not quite get across how stressed he gets about public transport, and meeting timetable departures. It that a London thing?

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SWCP:Day 30

D30. Sat 18 Jun. 511 miles. Exeter.

It must have been 00:30 before bed time, and I was tapping away on some other item as Jules woke. Tea on, get dressed, and to breakfast. I was in for an easy time today I thought.

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SWCP:Day 29

D29. Fri 17 Jun. 473M. Dartmouth.

Once again the plan was to get up early, and get on with the task of the day. I woke at 05:30 and went through the photos on the phone deleting the ones that I did not want.

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SWCP:Day 28

Day 28. Thu 16 Jun. 450/633 miles. Salcombe

At around 04:30 the heavens opened. The weather man had said they would, and to be fair he also said that it would be a band of rain, which it was. As I lay in my sleeping bag it was howling outside. But I had to get up.........

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SWCP:Day 27

Day 27. Wed 15 June. 488/633 miles. Clifftop at Calston

The first thing of the day was to send off more items by e-mail; a few more photos and a overview of admin for the last walking day (25 Jun). Happily Alan had got on top of most if the admin so I typed the words on my tiny phone with my trotter fingers, and he did the rest.

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SWCP:Day 26

Day 26 Tue 14 Jun. 405/633. Cawsands.

This was a big day... It was the day i realised that I holes in my new boots!

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SWCP:Day 25

D25 Mon 13 Jun. 386.5/633 miles. Porthallow.

I needed a good start to the 4th walking period, and so it was. I was up at 05:00 sending the next batch of photos to the Webmaster from my phone.

Read more: SWCP:Day 25


  • 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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