Whitstable’s The Salt Marsh Walking Company

Walking has helped countless people navigate some of the struggles brought about by their daily lives, and only made worse by the previous lockdowns and stay-at-home orders.

 

One local resident Becca Caraccio, who has been living in Whitstable for the past 22 years with her husband Matt and two boys Jude and Noah, found solace in her time walking around Whitstable and created The Salt Marsh Walking Company after the second lockdown.

 

The walks vary in miles and locations from 3 miles to 22 miles, and one of the popular walks is the Salt Paths and Strawberry Field Walk, a 6-mile circular walk which starts and finishes at The Sportsman and is brimming with nature and history from smuggling tales to World War II shipwrecks.

 

Speaking to us at CommunityAd Becca explained her decision to start the tours, telling us: “Walking in the countryside and along our coastline really helped me with my anxiety making me feel uplifted with a sense of well-being. I wanted to be able to share that experience by taking people on guided walks navigating along all our amazing footpaths and also sharing my knowledge about the history of the land and learning about nature and the birdlife.

“I’ve also just introduced a historical town tour around Whitstable which is perfect as there is a deep rooted history on every corner.

“I’ve been lucky to walk with some amazing people some who have become my friends, I have been able to give others the confidence to go and explore green spaces where they live and bring walking into their life to ease their anxiety and help with their mental health.

“Whitstable is such a great place to live; our boys had an amazing childhood living so close to the sea learning to sail, paddle board and swimming before and after school, having that on your doorstep is a real blessing.

“Matt and myself have been swimming all through the year for 3 years now. I belong to the Whitstable Bluetits swim group which is a great community of likeminded people who love nothing more than to swim in freezing cold water with lots of laughter and hot chocolate. I love the variety of all the local and independent shops and restaurants and being part of a community that feels like a warm hug.”

 

To find out more about The Salt Marsh Walking Company and the walks they organise make your way over to www.thesaltmarshwalkingcompany.co.uk.

by Callum Knowles

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