Welcome to Swanage Army Link.

The Swanage Army Link is a dynamic association that has evolved over nearly 30 years between the Swanage Railway, the British Army, the People of Swanage and the Royal British Legion.

Regular ongoing visits by the Royal Corps of Signals soldiers are core to this Link, as is Team Herston, formed in 2007, bringing together local residents and ex soldiers who work regularly on our core project – the upkeep of Herston Halt.

More recently we have been proud to welcome Heroes Haven into the fold.

Want to know more? See About the Army Link .


Heroes Haven Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the Heroes Haven, please visit their site http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk (opens in a new window) and click on the 'Donate' link in the top right of the page.

Please enter SWCP as the reference.

Inspired by Heroes Haven Swanage, and the prospect of supporting injured Forces personnel, Frank Roberts walked the 633 mile South West Coast Path during May and June 2011.

Along the route Frank was joined by a couple of scallywags, and there are some tall tales and many pictures under the SWCP banner on this site.

Heroes Haven – Swanage is very much a part of The Swanage Army Link. Initially setting out to raise £80,000 to provide a place of relaxation for the injured, over £260,000 has been raised to date.

We continue to support this worthy charity, and would ask you to quote SWCPwhen making any donations.

More information about the charity can be found on their website at http://www.heroes-haven.org.uk/ and you can donate by clicking the button below

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If you are kind enough to use the button above to donate, please mention Frank Roberts and/or South West Coastal Path (SWCP) walk in the paypal 'message to seller' box.

You can find out more about the path on their official website at http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/

Heroes Haven update 23rd June 2011

Heroes Haven Update.

Frank has asked me to give you all an update on the ‘Cabin’....

Read more: Heroes Haven update 23rd June 2011

SWCP:End of walk

End of the long walk

This weekend, 25th June 2011, sees the end of Frank's walk of the South West Coastal Path. It culminates in the final stretch from Swanage to the end of the path at Poole Harbour which Frank hopes to be joined by up to 1000 other walkers, including some from the 11 RSS Signal Regt.

It has been walked in aid of Heroes Haven and has carried 'The Baton' throughout.
It has been supoorted by Austin Reynolds, Wilts & Dorset buses, Stagecoach amongst others and that's not mentioning the people Frank has coerced into working behind the scenes like (in no particular order) Alison, Linda, Alan, Will, Chris, Nick as well as Micky & Matt from 11 Sig Regt.

Walkers on Saturday are requested to meet on the Sandpit Field and be READY TO LEAVE at 07:30. Buses will be on hand close to the Shell mini roundabout for transport back to Swanage. Note that the buses will drop off at the north end of the beach.

Note that to be back in time for the Liberty Parade (11:00) , walkers should be capable of walking at a swift pace!


SWCP:Day 34

D34. Wed 22 Jun. 573 miles. Osmington.


The weather was due to be, well, raining! And so it was. I was up at 06:00, more reports, I shaved my head, packed up and had some cereal. Sue had made another packed lunch for me, and John had a late start.

Read more: SWCP:Day 34

SWCP:Day 33

D33 Tue 21 Jun. 549 Miles. Seatown.

The starting point for the day was to be the interview with the British Forces Broadcasting Service at 08:45. Our own Alan from Radio Caroline, and Hal, from BFBS, had kindly jacked this up.

Read more: SWCP:Day 33

SWCP:Day 32

D32 Mon 20 Jun. 536/633 miles. Seaton.

As I woke at 04:45 it was a most dreary morning. It had been a sleepless night, I had left my radio on through the night, and the wind, mist and drizzle had made it very damp.

Read more: SWCP:Day 32

BFBS Interview

Frank Roberts was interviewed LIVE on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) radio on 21st June about the walk.

You can listen to the interview here

You can listen to BFBS on DAB digital radio, Sky channel 0211, Freesat channel 786 or online at BFBS.com.



  • Patrick

    Patrick joined Frank on his walk of the SWCP over the weekend of 18th & 19th June 2011.

    He wasasked for a brief report on the two days which he supplied but needed some editing to remove some home truths and 'plain talking' before they could be published!

    Thanks very much for them though - they made the web man laugh!

    I think Patrick summed it up in his reply to me:

    I had a good weekend with Frank but bloody hell, I couldn't do what he has done.


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