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The Salt Path

Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 31/01/2019
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The Salt Path
Makes you want to dig out your walking boots and find adventure!
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 ar... READ MORE
Emily Fordham
The Salt Path
An inspirational memoir
Objectively, I think there's a lot to like about The Salt Path: it is an excellent piece of travel writing describing much of the South West Coast path, an... READ MORE
Sam Brewer in Truro
The Salt Path
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Life can be dark and bleak sometimes, but in these difficult days, seeds of a new life can find their way to the surface. Raynor and Moth's story is a hard... READ MORE
Laura Wilson
The Salt Path
An extraordinary heartfelt journey
An extraordinary heartfelt journey, you feel like you've walked every step with them. One of my favourite books of 2019
The Salt Path
A Gorgeous Walk and Memoir
Raynor Winn takes you on an amazing journey around the south west coast exploring love, loss, and nature. After losing their home, Winn and her husband Mo... READ MORE
Olena at Wakefield
The Salt Path
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to go for a walk
This beautifully written book, is not only a love letter to the south-west coast but also a testament to love that knows no boundaries. It also made me wan... READ MORE
Matthew Christiansen


Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for February 2019 Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2018 Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781405937184
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 202g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Salt Path
Beautiful, thought provoking and inspirational.
Just love this book. Ray and Moth have every reason to feel angry and bitter. Instead their warmth and humour, not to mention their heart-breaking honesty ... READ MORE
B Cole
The Salt Path
Sorry, I wanted to love this
I really wanted to enjoy this book- but sadly I didn’t. I could not quite believe the story and I did not enjoy the author’s voice. I’m afraid I did not f... READ MORE
Sarah Millington
The Salt Path
The Salt Path
I particularly enjoyed the Salt Path as I am familiar with the South West Coat and I also enjoy the outdoor life and the couple's determination to keep goi... READ MORE
Jill Monk-Smith
The Salt Path
Couldn't put it down!
I heard about this book on R4 Woman's Hour, and instantly wanted to read it. Their story is amazing and how this walk turned their lives around and gave th... READ MORE
ellie newton
The Salt Path
The Salt Path
It was a really good read. You had a true feeling of the anguish, and hardship suffered but through dogged perseverance and determination how it was overc... READ MORE
Jane Ratcliffe
The Salt Path
The Salt Path.
I loved this book, it took me through so many levels of emotions. This couple went through so much in such a short space of time and set out on this journe... READ MORE
Linda Hearn
The Salt Path
Brilliant book.
My son in law sent me this book because he knew I would enjoy it. We live in the South West so know most of the coast path and we are of a similar age to ... READ MORE
The Salt Path
Memoir set along the 320 mile South West Coastal Path
The book opens as Raynor and her husband Moth are in court. A couple of years ago they invested heavily in a financial project at the behest of old childho... READ MORE
The Salt Path
Uplifting and thought provoking
Having walked several stages of the South West Coast Path, especially the stretches between Plymouth and Fowey, I bought this book to see what Raynor Winn ... READ MORE
Mister T
The Salt Path
A Beautiful and Cathartic Story
A very emotional, and at times difficult story to read, but Raynor Winn weaves it all into an enjoyable and highly readable novel. The parts about homeless... READ MORE
The Salt Path
Best book in the world
I couldn’t put this book down and even dreamed of it at night. It’s beauty and ethos has penetrated my sole! Well done Ray!!! We are listening...
Angela Cort
The Salt Path
Wow, one of the best books I've ever read.
Uplifting, fascinating, inspirational. A book that will stay with me forever. A real must !!!!!
Becky Crook
The Salt Path
The Salt Path
This is an engaging read for anyone affected by life changing events, whether health or financial, or for anyone interested in walking or wild camping, or ... READ MORE
Mark Jesson
The Salt Path
Life affirming and an eye opener
What an incredible story. From start to finish, what happens to Raynor and Moth is described in beautiful, honest words. Their journey along the coast read... READ MORE
Antoinette de Kleijn
The Salt Path
Just read it ....
A wonderful and inspiring book of hope and human resilience. Ray and Moth , forced to leave there beloved home and given a diagnosis of terminal illness de... READ MORE
Emma Harris
The Salt Path
Inspiring guide for those who love to walk
Gripping account of how to keep on walking when that is all there feels left to do. Mesmerising and inspiring in equal measure.
Penny Sturt
The Salt Path
Remarkable story
Read this book within 48 hours of purchase and will be re-reading plenty of times yet. Absolutely wonderful story, beautiful, inspiring, and yet written in... READ MORE
Oliwia Pelc
The Salt Path
What do you do when your home is taken away, your money spent, and your partner diagnosed with an incurable disease that will surely kill him? Well. You w... READ MORE
The Salt Path
Agree with some of the other reviews...disappointing
Difficult to feel remotely sympathetic to the author who unfortunately comes across as very unlikeable and a real martyr. Shame as the concept is great but... READ MORE
Adam Price
The Salt Path
Wonderful. Just wonderful.
I can't remember what made me buy this book. Probably an impulse. And if that's the case, then it's probably the best impulse buy I've made for years. I lo... READ MORE
Caroline bagnall
The Salt Path
Hope is always a possibility when you put one foot in front of the other
Well written, entertaining, heartfelt, deserves to be read, never to be forgotten. Absolutely loved it, thank you Raynor & Moth, I sincerely hope life is o... READ MORE
Anthony Williams
The Salt Path
Isolation salvation
As a general rule, I don’t read books twice. There are just too many I’ve yet to pick up. However, this book is the exception. The perfect companion during... READ MORE
Amy Waller
The Salt Path
Inspiring read
Really loved reading this book! The ups and downs of life spread across 630 miles, each section of the coast path dissolving a grief from the past. So much... READ MORE
Rachael Hatton-Smooker
The Salt Path
Are you ready for one of the best books you will ever read? Are you prepared to laugh and cry in equal measure? Your ship has come home.
In the autumn of 2020 I was at The Salvation Army charity shop in Nunhead, never disappointed in my quest for books, one of the dedicated volunteers shared... READ MORE
Michael Peacock
The Salt Path
A 5 star book
I loved this book from the very start! What a journey the Salt Path is. Such a brilliant read, at times I couldn’t believe it was a true story. I felt like... READ MORE
Nia ST
The Salt Path
Couldn't put The Salt Path down
I loved this book, it's beautifully written and in my mind I walked every step of their journey with them. Raynor Winn writes with independence and fortitu... READ MORE
Bernice Brewster
The Salt Path
Fabulous read
What an incredible life journey, really enjoyed this especially as when I was a child I holidayed every year in Fowey looking at Polruan.
Philippa  Pitts
The Salt Path
I have just finished your delightful book. You two are so brave. I adore the countryside and walking and have done some back-packing and occasional wild ca... READ MORE
Cecilia Johnston
The Salt Path
Great escape into another life.
I was gripped from the first paragraph and felt very emotionally attached to the main characters. Shocking, hilarious and uplifting turns of events that ar... READ MORE
The Salt Path
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
I have bought this book as a present for my son. I have previously read it and enjoyed it. A really fascinating true story.Made me want to get my hiking b... READ MORE
Valerie Platt
The Salt Path
A walkers' tale
An enjoyable account of walking the SW Coast path with restraints on cash available but illuminating as to how much else the couple do.
The Salt Path
Not a walk in the park !
I wasn’t impressed by the cover it was dreary looking and a book I passed many times in the store but then I heard a few reviews and thought I would give i... READ MORE
Saabrin Hussain
The Salt Path
The Salt Path is such a lovely book that I wanted it to keep going. So much so that I have bought the sequel The Wild Silence which I am looking forward to... READ MORE
Wendy Young
The Salt Path
The Story of an Amazing Couple.
This is the true story of Raynor Winn and her husband Moth. They have lost everything, their home, their livelihood and if that is not bad enough, Moth has... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
The Salt Path
The Salt Path
I have walked a little of the south coast path (Lizard Peninsula) and you may say not another book on the coast path! but ether a walker or not, and as I w... READ MORE
John White
The Salt Path
The Salt Path
I don’t think I have ever read a book before that had me so invested in the characters and their dilemma. I had cried twice before chapter 3. Heartbreaking
Lotraine Buxton
The Salt Path
An amazing story
I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book, but the title and the cover really attracted me. Having seen a few good reviews,I decided to order it. I was... READ MORE
Fran Kelly
The Salt Path
A great lockdown read
I hadn't realised this was a true story but what an amazing true story it is. Really life affirming and makes me want to walk the same path once we can tra... READ MORE
Clare Rice
The Salt Path
A must read book, couldn't put it down.
Absolutely heartwarming, lots of laughter and some tears. Tells of how when all is lost, there is always a guiding light somewhere. A fantastic story of o... READ MORE
Denise Croft
The Salt Path
The Salt Path
Being a walker myself I found the story enthralling. The determination of Raynor and Moth to complete the 650 miles in such torturous condition was to be ... READ MORE
Margaret Brennan
The Salt Path
A Truly inspirational Read!
Wow! This has got to be the best read of mine this year! It is a truly inspirational read, which really makes you stop and think about life and reflect o... READ MORE
Aline Taylor
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The Salt Path. Review.
A beautifully written book. Truthful and inspiring. I loved it.
Timothy Turton
The Salt Path
Well written book but....
Having walked large parts of the Coast Path, notably the northern section, I could immediately relate to the Winn's experiences. Having the luxury of stayi... READ MORE
The Salt Path
Life affirming & honest
What a wonderful book, I read this over 2 days and could not stop recommending this book to anyone who would listen. One of my top 20 books, beautifully de... READ MORE
Rachel  Stynes
The Salt Path
A gripping read
This is now one of my favourite books. Having walked many miles on coastal paths, this brilliantly written account of their journey has reinvigorated my lo... READ MORE
Marco Smith
The Salt Path
Inspirational and full of humanity
This book has rapidly become one of my favourite books ever. How Ray and Moth mustered the determination to embark on this incredible journey when they lit... READ MORE
Vicky Johns
The Salt Path
Beautifully Written
A couple who have been made bankrupt by an erstwhile friend and then receive devastating news about the husbands health buy a second hand tent and two fli... READ MORE
Christopher Jones
The Salt Path
Fantastic read
This is by far the best book I have read this year .What courage this couple had to embark on such a journey. They set off with nothing ,but look what the... READ MORE
Cathy Nicoll
The Salt Path
Happiness along with heartbreak
This from the heart book held me spell bound Brought me to tears and made me smile. The shear determination against those that know best or think they d... READ MORE
Brenda Bailey