The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

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 an...

Details The Salt Path

TitleThe Salt Path
Release DateMar 22nd, 2018
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Travel, Biography

Reviews The Salt Path

  • Bookread2day
    This is my favourite non fiction novel because it's about a mid age 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 shel...
  • Ingrid
    After a few pages into the book I googled the author. I had missed before that this is a non-fiction book, a kind of memoir. I thought it was a novel at first because Raynor Winn writes very well.The decisions she and her husband made after having lost nearly everything in their lives are so far beyond how I would react that it makes interesting reading on the one hand and annoying on the other. They run away from one set of problems to encounter...
  • Jane
    When this book first caught my eye I picked it up and but it down again, because I thought that the story it had to tell might pull me down at a time when I needed to be lifted up; but a warm recommendation and the news that the author would be appearing at my local literary festival sent me back to the bookshop to buy a copy.It was a wonderful investment!A story of people who had more than their fair share of trial, but who fought back by realis...
  • Paul
    The bad news came fast, Raynor Winn's husband had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, they had just lost a court case even though they had the evidence that they were not liable for debts and now the bailiffs were hammering on the door to take their farm and livelihood away. Their only income would be £48 per week. It is at times like these that some people would have a breakdown or consider a more permanent end to the problems, they d...
  • Rebecca
    It was the worst of times. Just after Winn learned that her husband Moth had CBD, a rare degenerative brain disease, they lost a court case pertaining to their investment in a friend’s failed business; bailiffs seized their house to pay off the debt. They’d relied on renting out their barn as a holiday cottage, so in one fell swoop their home and livelihood were gone. For two fifty-somethings, one of them terminally ill, the decision to buy m...
  • Helen
    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 ...
  • Michele
    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 hop...
  • Kiwi Begs2Differ ✎
    This is the true story of a middle-aged couple, Moth and Ray, who due to a badly handled court case suddenly find themselves homeless, having lost their home and livelihood; and if it wasn’t enough, there are further bad news: Moth is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Contrary to medical advice, they embark on a 630 miles journey on foot, wild camping along the South West Coast Path. They have forty-eight pounds a week in tax credits, sometime...
  • Laurence
    Een ongeluk komt nooit alleen: wat ik als ongeloofwaardig zou bestempelen in fictie, gebeurt soms gewoon echt in het echte leven. Knap hoe Ray en Moth na wat ze meegemaakt hebben (en met zijn fysieke conditie) deze tocht aanvatten en niet na twee dagen terug opgeven (wat ik dus waarschijnlijk wel zou gedaan hebben).Ray beschikt over een vlotte pen, en wat ze aanhaalt over daklozen in de UK is interessant. Daarnaast zijn sommige ontmoetingen echt ...
  • Fondantsurprise
    I wanted to love this book. I’d heard so many amazing things about it. But I struggled. I don’t want to leave an unkind review so I’ll say — some of the nature writing is beautiful. I just didn’t get on at all with the internal commentary.
  • Renee Godding
    Either 3.5 or 4 stars. Not quite sure yet. Review to come
  • Beth Bonini
    This profoundly satisfying memoir/travelogue could be lodged under more than one category or genre on the bookshelf. It’s an adventure story: in which a middle-aged couple attempt to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path, camping ‘wild’ all the way. It’s a survival story: in which the elements, hunger, destitution and a frightening medical diagnosis all feature. It’s a story of social awareness: in which middle-class home owners can l...
  • J.A. Ironside
    After a 3.5 yr court battle, Ray and ger husband, Moth, lose their farm, their home, their livelihood and a lot of their confodence and self respect. Two days later they find put that Moth is slowly dying of a degenerative brain disease. So they decide to buy a tent and walk the 636 miles of the South West Coastal path. It sounds like it should be a bleak book. It's not. It has to be one if the most uplifting hopeful memoirs I've ever read. And i...
  • Emily Fordham
    Raynor and her husband, Moth, found themselves homeless the same week they found out Moth had a terminal illness. What do you do after that? Well if you are the Winn’s you decide to pack up two rucksacks and attempt to walk/wild camp the whole South West Coast Path; all 630 miles of it! Reminiscent of Wild (Cheryl Strayed) with it’s own English stamp, this is ultimately an uplifting tale of hope when all seems lost. I found it a slow read but...
  • Naomi
    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 ...
  • El
    I really wanted to like this book. The story has the potential to be a life-affirming, heart-warming work and I love walking but I just couldn't get on with the style which, for me, was flat and monotonous and the tale itself was repetitive and overlong in many areas. I felt it needed harsher editing to pare what is a fascinating story down to its core but there was so much repetition that I lost interest. It did pick up a little towards the end ...
  • Spurnlad
    Disappointing. Too much self-pity for my liking. A great idea and a good choice for the situation, but i just couldn't identify with the people.
  • Jane
    The premise of this memoir was irresistible, and for once a bestseller has lived up to its hype. The story of a couple who found themselves homeless and decided to walk England's South West Coast Path, because why not? As they explained to people who asked, they had nothing else to do. They couldn't get a private rental because of the circumstances that had tipped them into homelessness (a court case that they fought to the bitter end and lost on...
  • Zoe Hall
    Wow! Where do you even start with this book? I picked this book up because the theme for this month’s Penguin Read the Year challenge is about travelling (anywhere!). I absolutely love camping. I abolsutely love the South West. I absolutely love walking. This book seemed like a win-win. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I have. A heartwarming, life-affirming and honest story about love, life and nature. A beautiful book, beautif...
  • Brigid Gallagher
    Ray and her husband Moth have unexpectedly lost their home after a lengthy legal battle. Moth is then diagnosed with a rare terminal illness called corticobasal degeneration or CBD, and their income is reduced to £48 per week.Instead of giving up on life, the couple decide to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coastal Path. They purchase a tent and cheap sleeping bags, and pack a minimum of clothing and necessities for the journey. Despite the...
  • thehalcyondaysofsummer
    Opening lines: ‘I was under the stairs when I decided to walk.’
  • Dan
    Brilliant, inspiring. A lovely read.
  • Katy
    An inspirational memoir about a middle aged couple hiking the South West Coast Path with minimal supplies and minimal funds.A real testament to the human spirit of hope in the face of adversity. A reminder that as long as you can put one foot in front of the other and never give up, you can triumph over anything. I loved this book, there’s something about walking memoirs that really inspires me. Highly recommend.
  • Caz
    Well, this is nothing short of fantastic. I felt like I was with them on every emotion they faced, corny as that sounds. It reads like beautiful prose, and at the same time it’s very grounded writing. I honestly cannot recommend this enough. It’s incredible.
  • Andy Lopata
    Wow! This goes straight up there among the most moving and inspirational books I’ve ever read. Packed with a blend of dark and light moments and getting the reader to think seriously about the true nature of homelessness in the UK without ever preaching or losing the thread of the journey. Beautifully written and emotionally engaging, this is an adventure, a thriller, an education and a love story.
  • Sally Boocock
    A really inspirational memoir of a middle aged couple who lose everything and then discover Moth, the husband is terminally ill. With very little and I mean little money they decide to set off and walk the Salt path from Minehead to Poole. The determination against the greatest odds is unwavering and admirable. Living some days on tea and fudge there are humerous moments and heart breaking one's. This is Gaynor Winn's first book and a complete cr...
  • Sarah Patton
    I found this book disappointing. I found no emotional connection with the characters and the story didn't seem to have much point. There were some beautifully written pieces but much of it is repetitive - and somewhat joyless - walking. When the author resorted to theft on a couple of occasions and their 'wild camping' involved cr@pping in people's fields I lost sympathy.
  • Sarah Lee
    I had seen The Salt Path by Raynor Winn in a bookshop in St Ives. It appeared to be a book about her and her husband Moth's journey along the South West Coast Path. This book is so much more than a guidebook or travel log though. Their journey begins when they discover that Moth is terminally ill and then their home is taken away from them. They find themselves penniless and homeless. With no real options before them, they make the brave decision...
  • Nina
    ''When it does come, the end, I want you to have me cremated...Because I want you to keep me in a box somewhere, then when you die the kids can put you in, give us a shake and send us on our way. Together...They can let us go on the coast, in the wind, and we'll find the horizon together.''Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill – suffering from corticobasal degeneration (CBD) and told he probably wou...
  • Imogen
    The description of nature in this is so breathtakingly beautiful that it immediately transports you to the rugged South West Coast Path. For all the beauty in the writing, there is also sadness and uncomfortable passages that make you confront the realness of homelessness and the fact that at any point everything could be taken from you. Their decision to walk the path came from a need for a reason for carrying on but the book teaches us that con...