Our backpacking adventure: Route

ready for backpacking

Last August I took leave of my senses completely and spent 6 nights backpacking in the south of the UK with my husband, our four year old and our seven year old.

We decided that we’d like to see some of the Jurassic Coast and so our route was based around that, as well as visiting my sister and making sure the boys had a big treat at the end of the trip.

I’m not sure why I didn’t blog about the trip in great detail on my return, though I do wonder if I was all backpacked out by the end of it and perhaps couldn’t bear to type the ‘b-word’ until my limbs stopped aching. Who knows. Anywho, last week we spent a week in West Wales (in proper accommodation and having travelled there in the car) and I got chatting to the lovely Jak from Jak’s Trips during a dolphin spotting boat trip. I told her briefly of our backpacking adventures and realised that actually, I’d barely documented it at all. What a rubbish blogger I am!

So here begins a short series based on our crazy backpacking trip. Today, I’m just going to run through the route and the itinerary.



Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Exeter St. David

Time in Exeter

Train from Exeter St. Thomas to Topsham

1 mile walk to camp site

Overnight at Highfield Farm Camp Site, Topsham

Tuesday (Rowan’s 5th Birthday)

Walk 2.4 miles to Clyst St. Mary

X53 Jurassic Coast bus to Lyme Regis

Day on the beach at Charmouth, searching for fossils and smashing big rocks

Overnight at Cummins Farm, Charmouth

Wednesday 5th August

Morning at the beach at Weymouth

Afternoon at Sealife Weymouth

X53 to Lyme Regis

Second night at Cummins Farm, Lyme Regis

Thursday 6th August

X31 bus Lyme Regis – Axminster

Train Axminster – Salisbury

Stonehenge tour bus Salisbury – Stonehenge return

Overnight at Salisbury Camping & Caravan Club Site

Friday 7th August

Train Salisbury – Taplow, Maidenhead

Plan was to walk 1.7 miles to the campsite but actually we walked 0.4 miles to Tesco, bought beer and called a cab.

Stay at Amerden Caravan & Camping

Saturday 8th August

Get collected/rescued by Laura & Kris

Spend the day at LEGOland Windsor

Stay at Laura & Kris’ house in a proper bed.

Sunday 9th August

Train from Ebbsfleet to London, London to Manchester

Home Sweet Home


  1. Keitha

    Wow! That was quite an adventurous undertaking. My friend and I take our 5 boys (our husbands stay home working) on camping trips each summer. The car is loaded top to bottom for our ten day outings. I could not imagine trying to figure out how to take everything we’d need in backpacks. Last summer, we loaded the boys in the car and drove them 4000 miles round-trip to see Pikes Peak in Colorado, Yellowstone in Wyoming, and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.

    1. admin (Post author)

      That sounds amazing! I can’t imagine travelling all those miles – the whole of the UK is less than 1000 🙂


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