"While I agree that rail costs in the UK are crazy and pricing policies dont make sense, we manage on not amazing salaries to do walks like these - we just sign up for rail sale alerts and book in advance when we see cheap fares, we have been London-Eastbourne return for under a fiver for both of us! And many other Southern Rail destinations for less than a tenner each return by booking in advance when sales are announced. Yes the weather is a gamble but so far we have always been lucky...and at least here you have the rail and public transport options. Where Im from as someone else mentioned, there isnt any so you need a car. So maybe Mike and Ruth you need to look at the positive..this can be affordable and done!"