The Salt Path
Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

The Salt Path Details

TitleThe Salt Path
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 22nd, 2018
PublisherMichael Joseph
ISBN-139780241349649
Rating
GenreNonfiction, European Literature, British Literature, Autobiography, Memoir

The Salt Path Review

  • I read novels
    January 1, 1970
    My review on www.favouritenovels.wordpress.com [email protected] is my favourite novel because it's about an elderly couple who tell a true story. It made me cry for them loosing everything that they had worked for all their lives. It also made me cry of how little money they had to buy something to eat on their journey walking to Cornwall. Raynor and Moth had lost their home and their business. The bailiffs came in and took everything that they owned. They have almost no money for foo My review on www.favouritenovels.wordpress.com [email protected] is my favourite novel because it's about an elderly couple who tell a true story. It made me cry for them loosing everything that they had worked for all their lives. It also made me cry of how little money they had to buy something to eat on their journey walking to Cornwall. Raynor and Moth had lost their home and their business. The bailiffs came in and took everything that they owned. They have almost no money for food or shelter. With little money they did have they buy a tent and walk the salt path to Cornwall. Sometimes they have to choose to either eat or use a little money for a ferry. The one thing that went through my mind while reading this true story is how lucky I am to have a roof over my head and food to eat. With all my heart I definitely recommend reading The Salt Path, to every reader in the world.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a memoir, following a middle aged couple, Ray and Moth, as they lose their family home in a complex legal battle and Moth receives the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. With not much left to lose, they embark upon a 630 mile backpacking adventure along the South West Coast Path, with only the barest of essentials and minimal money. This book was absolutely stunning, deeply personal and highly emotional. I was in tears from the first couple of pages. The author's writing is sub This is a memoir, following a middle aged couple, Ray and Moth, as they lose their family home in a complex legal battle and Moth receives the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. With not much left to lose, they embark upon a 630 mile backpacking adventure along the South West Coast Path, with only the barest of essentials and minimal money. This book was absolutely stunning, deeply personal and highly emotional. I was in tears from the first couple of pages. The author's writing is sublime, her depictions of the scenery, weather, the nature and people they meet along the way are beautiful and realistic and so different every time. It's almost like being there with them.Despite the reasons for Ray and Moth undertaking this 'escape', this book is anything but melancholic or mournful; rather it is completely uplifting and inspirational. I fell in love with them both and would love to sit with them, enjoying a cone of chips or a pasty, out of the view of the seagulls!I highly recommend this book.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a book. A real life affirming tale. I read it in three and a half days. I just couldn't put it down. I am Cornish born and bred and come not far from where Raynor Winn has eventually found herself living! So I loved reading about the intoxicating South West Coast, especially the o-so-familiar Cornish sections, having walked a lot of the Cornish coast path myself in my younger years and also felt the pain of long distance walking having done a few routes across the UK.I too read 500 Mil Wow! What a book. A real life affirming tale. I read it in three and a half days. I just couldn't put it down. I am Cornish born and bred and come not far from where Raynor Winn has eventually found herself living! So I loved reading about the intoxicating South West Coast, especially the o-so-familiar Cornish sections, having walked a lot of the Cornish coast path myself in my younger years and also felt the pain of long distance walking having done a few routes across the UK.I too read 500 Mile Walkies when I was in my late teens/early twenties (I am now 46). I too have always wanted to walk the entire South West Coast path, it's definitely on my bucket list. But as my husband keeps telling me, it's all about the "time" to do it. I love this book for the fact it didn't matter one jot about the time and yet in a strange way it did, because of Moth's (Raynor's husband's) life threatening illness, but then even that defied the odds and time didn't really matter at all. One of my favourite quotes is from Mahatma Ghandi "There's more to life than trying to speed it up". which is so true of the world we live in today. Ray and Moth stepped off that rat race, through no fault of their own and had the adventure of a lifetime!There are so many things to love about this book. I love the sense of humour that pervades throughout. The wonderful descriptions of the sea, nature and other-worldliness of the South West Coast path. But also the compelling love story that also shines through. It was this, the real sense of hope, that all is not lost, that had me in tears at the end.A wonderfully inspirational read, that shows, against all the odds, life can still go on with a sense of adventure, hope and above all love. Material things really do not matter...I fully recommend this book, my read of the year so far.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    For me this is another 'H is for Hawk': a profoundly moving, deeply personal account of a year and a bit in the life of Raynor Winn as she and her terminally ill husband walk the South West Coast Path after losing their home and most of their money.As someone who used to love taking long walks, but now cannot because of an inoperable knee injury, I took great pleasure in reading this book. It made me laugh and made me cry, but it also gave me hope.I received an e-ARC of this book from Net Galley For me this is another 'H is for Hawk': a profoundly moving, deeply personal account of a year and a bit in the life of Raynor Winn as she and her terminally ill husband walk the South West Coast Path after losing their home and most of their money.As someone who used to love taking long walks, but now cannot because of an inoperable knee injury, I took great pleasure in reading this book. It made me laugh and made me cry, but it also gave me hope.I received an e-ARC of this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review
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  • Sarah Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautifully honest and moving account of a couple's journey along the South West Coast Path after they lost their home, health and income following a court case. This was a story of love, hope and strength over adversity and so much more than a story of walking 630 miles along the coast path and camping along the way. Raynor Winn addresses the stigma of homelessness, poverty and social exclusion and includes some hard hitting statistics interspersed with the most hauntingly evocative This was a beautifully honest and moving account of a couple's journey along the South West Coast Path after they lost their home, health and income following a court case. This was a story of love, hope and strength over adversity and so much more than a story of walking 630 miles along the coast path and camping along the way. Raynor Winn addresses the stigma of homelessness, poverty and social exclusion and includes some hard hitting statistics interspersed with the most hauntingly evocative descriptions of the wildlife and people encountered along the way. I felt I was right there on the path with Raynor and her husband Moth, I felt the weight of their rucksacks, the mud on their boots, the wind lashing them, the driving rain dripping down the necks of their waterproof coats and the fear of where they would end up when they had finished walking the path.This book didn't finish with a happy ending but an inspiring sense of hope for the future. I have read many books about the SWCP - I live a two minute walk from the path and have walked many sections of the Cornwall path - this book was special and I will be thinking about Raynor and Moth and their journey for a while. Thanks to the publishers Michael Joseph and NetGalley for a copy of this eBook.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    this book has a beautiful cover. I vaguely rememberd somebody mentioning the story of this couple, but I didn't know it was a book. I began reading it in the dentist waiting room yesterday, straight after buying it, and this evening I finished it. I should have savoured it but I just kept reading. this true story says so much about humanity and homelessness in the UK. we see The Coastal path from another perspective. I was also heartened by the help the "old" couple receive from young people and this book has a beautiful cover. I vaguely rememberd somebody mentioning the story of this couple, but I didn't know it was a book. I began reading it in the dentist waiting room yesterday, straight after buying it, and this evening I finished it. I should have savoured it but I just kept reading. this true story says so much about humanity and homelessness in the UK. we see The Coastal path from another perspective. I was also heartened by the help the "old" couple receive from young people and shamed by the sometimes snobby unkind treatment from people of their own generation. yep there are tourists with all the fancy gear and agendas, and there are others. worth reading.
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  • Wendy Smith
    January 1, 1970
    What a journey !Not a geographical area I am familiar with but great descriptions of an absolutely beautiful coastline filled with history and nature. This story is filled with hope, fear and anticipation for an unknown but exciting new beginning.
  • MRS FRANCES A GODLIMAN
    January 1, 1970
    Heart warming and inspirationalI bought this book following the author's appearance on Radio 4's Saturday Live programme. I'm so glad I did. The story is at times heart breaking but written with such strength and humour. I couldn't put it down.just loved reading it.
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  • Pam Parks
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful taleWonderful, inspiring couple desling with hardship in an enlightening way. Loved this book. I read a review and thought it sounded fascinating. It was.
  • Den
    January 1, 1970
    I am reviewing this book for Raynor Winn, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.I have got into walking over the last year or so and this book instantly appealed to me. Ray loses her home and job and tackles this devastation by heading off to walk the South West Costal path. It demonstrates the humanity of some people and the nastiness of others she comes across. Very eye-opening.
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  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    This is an account of how Raynor and her husband Moth survive losing their home, business and income.Whilst many would curl up and suffer, Raynor and Moth pack up their rucksacks and walk the South West Coast Path. What follows is a wonderful, honest account of coming to terms with their life. Moth is terminally ill and homeless. They find survive on noodles and hot water and living in a tent. Yet their hope for a better future, and their love for each other makes this an enriching novel to read This is an account of how Raynor and her husband Moth survive losing their home, business and income.Whilst many would curl up and suffer, Raynor and Moth pack up their rucksacks and walk the South West Coast Path. What follows is a wonderful, honest account of coming to terms with their life. Moth is terminally ill and homeless. They find survive on noodles and hot water and living in a tent. Yet their hope for a better future, and their love for each other makes this an enriching novel to read. There sensitivity to their position, and realisation of the stigmas attached to being homeless is eye-opening. This novel is still with, and will remain for a good while yet.
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