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Things you didn’t know about the UK coastline

We all know that everybody loves being by the seaside, but thanks to Haven’s new partnership with Guinness World Records we can tell you some things you might not already know about the UK coastline!

The British coast line is 7,723 miles long

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Guinness World Records recognises Canada with the longest coast line with 151,489 miles (including islands) and the shortest is Monaco with 3.5 miles.

Longest walk mainland UK

Vera Andrews covered a total distance of 11,777km (7,318miles) on the British mainland (England, Scotland and Wales) between January 2 and December 24, 1990. She started and finished at her home town of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.

Fastest unsupported row around the British mainland (pair)

The fastest row around the British mainland by a team of two is 41 days 4 hr 38 min and was set by Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr (both UK) who departed from Tower Bridge, London, UK, on 1 June, rowed clockwise around the mainland and crossed the finishing line back at Tower Bridge, London, UK, on 12 July 2013.

Oldest woman to row around the British mainland

The oldest woman to row around the British mainland is Angela Madsen (USA, b. 10 May 1960), who was 50 years 21 days old at the start of her row in all-female team of four, from London Bridge to London Bridge, which lasted for 51 days 16 hr 42 min between 1 June and 23 July 2010 on board Go Commando.

Do you hold a Guinness World Records title? Do you have any interesting facts about the UK coast? Let us know in the comment section below!

Comments
  • Ian McBeath

    Not sure whether you are still keeping this blog active, but in May. June of 2016 I drove the entire coastline of Britain, by whatever road is closest to the ocean. I travelled 5068 miles and it took me 5 weeks. There was some backtracking (e.g. drove a single track road down to a lighthouse and then had to drive back up the same road) but my original planning had said the distance was 4600 miles. Hopefully a book on my journey “Going Coastal” will be out before the end of 2017. Ian McBeath