In this programme of Ramblings, Clare Balding walks for spiritual renewal.
3 October 2008
Clare Balding walks the North Devon Coast with peace campaigner, Satish Kumar.
Clare walks the North Devon Coast Path with Satish Kumar, who recalls his 8000-mile walk from India to America in the 60s to protest about nuclear arms.
Satish was born in Rajasthan, India, in 1936. He left home at the age 9 to become a jain monk. He lived as a jain monk until the age of 18.
Then in 1961 he heard that ninety-year-old philosopher and peace campaigner Bertrand Russell had been arrested for his anti-nuclear activities and sentenced to a week in prison. Kumar saw it as a call to action. Together with his friend Prabhakar Menon, Satish walked to the four nuclear capitals - Moscow, Paris, London and Washington. Their journey began at the grave of Mahatma Gandhi and ended, two and a half years later at the grave of John F Kennedy.
The philosophy of jain spirituality is never to rely on transport but to walk everywhere, and here Satish takes Clare on one of his most favourite walks along the rugged coastline in North Devon.
The walk starts at Hartland Point and finishes at Clovelly
Map: OS Explorer 126 Start: Map reference SS229278. Hartland Point. Distance: 7 miles Terrain: Paths, tracks and cliff walks Suitable for: All walkers. There are steps to climb which require some fitness.
Start at Hartland Point. On the right hand side, you will see Hartland Lighthouse. After around 3 miles you will walk down some steps into a valley. Further along you will walk up some steps, out of the valley and into woodland. Finish the walk at Clovelly.