I May Be Gone for Some Time

Posted on 24/05/2016

Adapted directly from his award-winning blog, Peter Hill’s book, ‘I May Be Gone for Some Time’, documents the highs and lows of his walk around the British mainland coast.

Follow Peter’s journey as he illustrates his 5,045 mile route with over 300 selected photographs that give an insight into his story. You can also download all 247 of his daily routes via ViewRanger, giving you the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.

Armed with his phone, a second-hand motorhome and many, many ice-creams, this is what Peter had to say about using ViewRanger to assist him when planning and walking his journey: 

With meticulous nerdy planning, my schedule became a 42-week, 5,045-mile, clockwise walk, starting in February from Southampton. Walking 6 days per week and averaging over 20 miles per day, my plan was to complete the walk and be home in time for Christmas. To both plan and track my walk I used ViewRanger religiously. As a result, I was able to follow a nice blue line whilst slowly creating a completed red line of my own.


With careful management, I could make my phone battery last all day, even with my ViewRanger track plotting every 10 seconds and my beacon repeating every 10 minutes. As a result, I was able to produce the most accurate record to date of a walk around Britain with logged ascent of over 530,000ft (over 18 x Everest equivalent).

It wasn’t a personal pilgrimage or a journey of self-discovery, it was more of an escape from reality and something a little more constructive that I could use as a vehicle to help raise funds for a couple of worthy causes. In reality, it was probably a mid-life crisis – but I’m refusing to acknowledge it. 

Peter’s book is available online and in some book shops, but can also be bought directly from him via the link on his website gbcoastwalk.com or from Vertebrate Publishing.

If you’re inspired by Peter’s story (or if you just fancy enjoying a coastal walk near you) you can check out and download Peter’s routes on his ViewRanger profile: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/527648

Keep up with Peter and his latest adventures on Twitter @PeteHill7 and his blog.

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