Follow the Acorn by John Haughton

Published December 19, 2018

Follow the Acorn by John Haughton

Book info

  • Title Follow the Acorn
  • Author John Haughton
  • Year 2017
  • Genre Travel

A must read book of enormous interest to anyone planning on walking any part of one of the most popular walking trails in the world - The English South West Coast Path. If you've already done it, or made a start, then relive your memories through the eyes of a man who has walked every inch of this glorious 630 miles. Every section from Minehead in North Somerset to Poole in Dorset is covered. Written on a day by day basis over an 8 week period, discover what went especially well and occasionally almost disastrously wrong. Experience the pain and the joy with someone who at the age of 58 had never previously undertaken any long distance walking. Learn about the pitfalls and the astonishing highs. Informative and entertaining, it will move and inspire you. You'll laugh out loud as you follow his progress all around this amazing coastline.


It’s only natural that with a growing interest in the South West Coast Path, I sought out books from those who have walked it already. There are a few, but this one seemed like a good place to start. Here we have tales of a walk split into two sections but still done properly - walking miles each day and stopping at B&Bs each evening.

It still seems crazy to me, but it’s good to read the descriptions of walks and which ones were hard going. As I plan to split my walks up into much, much smaller sections, there probably wasn’t enough detail to help out, but it was good to know where there were proper obstacles and also glorious areas to behold.

Worth reading if you’re interested in the SWCP or have walked it yourself, if only for that bit where you think “I’ve done that bit!”.

Rating: 3 / 5

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