Salt Path
Raynor Winn

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Narrated By: Raynor Winn

Duration: 9 hours and 2 minutes

What to expect

Bring nature into your home with the uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the South West coastline, brought to you by Penguin.

Just days after Raynor Winn learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood.
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.
Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, 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.

Read by author Raynor Winn, this deeply felt, personal tale is a beacon of universal strength.

'A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance'Guardian

'The landscape is magical: shape-shifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. It's a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything' Sunday Times

'An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country and ultimately finding themselves' Independent

Genre

Memoirs, Walking, hiking, trekking, Housing & homelessness, Coping with illness & specific health conditions, Biography & non-fiction prose

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An uplifting tale

Cornish Times

A fabulous read, inspiring and life-affirming. If you're not already walking the coastal path, this book will make you want to set-off immediately. It is a hymn to the power of love, sear-air and the natural beauty of Cornwall to heal and nurture. It's an absolute joy

Cornwall Life

Moving and beautifully evocative

i

An inspirational true story

Top Sante

Ray's account of their incredible journey is a tale of triumph, of hope over despair

Pick of the paperbacks, The Sunday Times

The Salt Path pummelled me like Atlantic winds. It carried me along on a rain-soaked, sun-burnt, despair-infused, hope-driven walk. The writing is at times raw, poetic, funny, shocking. It is consistently honest, vulnerable, clear. I finished the book reminded of the importance of really hearing people's stories, of the healing power of the natural world, and of our individual and collective now.

The Ecologist

Filled with wry humour, this is a wonderfully uplifting and touching book

Guardian

A triumph of love and hope and giving oneself up to the healing power of nature. Beautifully written with vivid imagery, what a heart-warming and glorious read

Vivid . . .This is a book essentially about hope, but also about sheer gritty determination not to give in, to survive extreme discomfort, danger and sometimes disillusionment

Kibworth & District Chronicle

This is a wonderful, heart-gladdening, life-affirming read. It will make you want to walk. What a gem.

A gem of a book

Guardian, Best Books of Summer

An exquisite piece of writing

Western Morning News

A remarkable account of the healing power of landscape and the resilience of the human spirit. I felt the rain on my face and heard the waves pounding on the sand.

It's a heart-warming, heart-wrenching story, told by Raynor in vivid yet plain prose. There are so many wonderful passages

Church Times

We walk with Ray and Moth every step of the way, sharing the hunger, exhaustion, blazing heat and freezing rain in an account that is both lyrical and inspirational

Guardian, Top 10 books about walking in Britain

The most inspirational book of this year . . . In some ways The Salt Path reads like the ultimate drop-out odyssey, except that this journey isn't a life choice . . . What the book chiefly conveys is the human capacity for endurance and the regenerative power of nature . . . The Salt Path also serves as a reminder that Britain is a land criss-crossed by footpaths and that we take this 140,000-mile national glory for granted at our peril . . . The Salt Path has reminded me to scrape last year's mud from my walking boots and get rambling again. I hope it has the same impact on millions of others.

The Times

An inspirational and lyrically observed memoir on the regenerative power of walking in nature, as well as a reminder that material things are much less important than we sometimes think. If you love the landscape of the British coastline and are drawn to the philosophies of mindfulness and minimalism, this is a moving and reflective book to read during a break from your everyday life

Guardian

A moving true story

i Paper

Uplifting and inspirational

Woman & Home

An extraordinary memoir - moving, funny and uplifting

Open Up

Poignant . . . It's far from a book without hope, and you'll be with Raynor and Moth every step of their walk along the South West Coast Path

Country Walking

The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told.

This is what you need to read right now to muster hope and resilience. A beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity

Stylist

A beautiful ode to how nature can soothe and inspire hope with every step . . . this book is really special

Stylist

The Salt Path broke my heart and put it back together again over and over. Beautiful writing, and such a sharp eye - both for nature and for people. It's hopeful and sad and honest and I LOVED it.

What an absolutely glorious and moving book. It deserves all its praise!

A life-affirming story that examines grief and the power of nature

Liz Earle Wellbeing

An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves.

Independent

Radiant, soaring, heartstring-tugging

BBC Countryfile

A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance

The Week

This beautiful, meditative book should give us all a sense of our possible braveries: offering us an answer to the "what if?" questions - "what if we lost absolutely everything, what would we do?" . . . An extraordinary testament to love, hope and resilience.

Beautiful, sad, erudite and uplifting

The New European

By turns inspirational and horrifying . . . [Winn] writes with a detail and a joy that tugs at the reader, lifting this beyond a mere travel memoir and all the privations and hardship to be something truly meaningful

Times Higher Education

The landscape is magical, shape-shifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriad sea birds and mauve skies . . . It's a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything . . . home was no longer about bricks and mortar. It was a state of mind

The Sunday Times

You lost me a whole night's work. This is a great read.

Inspirational

Good Housekeeping

A remarkable and redemptive journey

Financial Times

Raynor's writing is beautiful. It's a heart-wrenching read at times, but you won't be able to put it down

Mirror

Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read

i (The paper for today)

An inspirational nature memoir for fans of H is for Hawk about losing everything and finding yourself between the elements of sea and sky

Waterstones

A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance