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Paul & Victoria Harvey – Portreath, Cornwall

My special hosts in Portreath, Cornwall were Paul and Victoria Harvey whose hospitality I enjoyed for 4 days in a row.  They read about my charity walk on a social media and found my story very touching.  Especially, they wanted to help because Paul walked around whole British coastline 20 years ago and knows exactly what to expect from such endeavour.

WP_20160313_13_57_05_ProPaul and Victoria live in a beautiful traditional cottage together with their 9 yearold son Aron and a cat.  Their house isn’t big enough and my overnight stay was arranged in a cottage of their lovely neighbour Mechelle Taylor who owns the Vale House Cornish Holidays business.  However, Paul and Victoria warmly welcomed me into their cosy home for a company and meals and made sure I had a comfortable stay at their place.

It was a great pleasure to get to know this beautiful family and observe their delightful relationship.  While Victoria prepared her scrumptious dinners, Aron would entertain everyone with his witty tricks and funny jokes.   Paul would make us coffee and tell fascinating stories from his own experience of walking the coastline.

WP_20160313_20_14_16_ProBack in 1996 Paul managed to walk almost 7,000 miles.  At that time he was only 4th person to walk the Britain coastline and  the 1st person ever to walk the anti-cloak direction.  Like me, he also did it for charity and raised quite a decent amount of money.  Nowadays Paul is considering publishing a book written from his 20 years old diary and to give all profit to a charity.

I also stayed with Paul and Victoria on Saturday, my rest day.  They wanted to give me some treat and arranged visit to the Wellbeing Spa at Gwel An Mor Holiday Resort ( ) where l could relax my muscles in the swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

On Sunday, Paul walked with me for 6.5 miles and invited professional photographer Colin Higgs who took our photo and sent it to the press.  After our walk Paul and I went again to the Spa were I had another special gift of an hour of full body treatment.  It was really nice to have a good massage after 400 miles of walking!


Meanwhile, Victoria cooked us delicious Sunday roast dinner and invited Mechelle with her little daughter Frankie.  It is their tradition to have Sunday roast together with neighbours in one or another house.  I found it really honouring to be a part of their friendly community.

It was such a pleasure to meet this amazingly kind family on my way.  From all my heart I would like to thank them for their help and support I received during my stay and beyond.  I didn’t say my ultimate goodbye to them as Paul is planning to join me for walking and I am looking forward to meet them again soon.

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