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SWCP - Day 4 - Combe Martin to Mortehoe & Braunton

overcast 15 °C

Steps / Distance: 47,230 32.25km
Rating strenuous/ moderate

Today was a long, tough day. After my included breakfast (too much food!), I started off at 9, first to tackle the Great Hangman, which I'd missed yesterday due to the ill-advised shortcut. I estimate that it saved me an hour yesterday and cost me more than two this morning. As a result, I was rushing to try to make my bus to Braunton. Got a bit lost in Ilfracombe and ended up joining the path again at the other side.

Less sun today and a lower temp, but still beautiful. This pony followed me when I climbed the gate and sniffed at my backpack, looking for treats, as I crossed his field.

I liked this tree with the mix of pink and white flowers.

When I was past Lee Valley and looking at the time, I realized I wouldn't make it to Woolacombe, but saw a shortcut footpath labeled Mortehoe 1mi, so took that hoping to arrive in time for the 5:25 bus to Braunton.

I missed it by about 10 minutes. I waited in vain for the 6:25, which didn't show and which I belatedly realized didn't go to Braunton; only to Woolacombe.

Feeling exhausted, stranded and a little teary, I walked to the fish&chip shop to ask them to call be a cab. While they were doing so, a couple of very nice guys offered me a ride to Braunton in their converted fire-truck (now a camper-van). They were staying in Croyde and Braunton wasn't too far out of the way.

I texted my husband and told him I had a ride. He jokingly said "too bad you don't have your knife (which I'd left behind because I wanted to carry-on my pack). I told the guys this, so they posed with me when dropping me off.

My b&b is really nice. It's a full apartment on 2 floors. The owners has offered to drive me in the morning, instead of taking the bus back to where I left off. And, on top of that she brought me a lovely dinner of asparagus soup, salad and bread, with all ingredients local or from her own garden. The honey in the vinaigrette dressing is from their own bees.

So it was a very nice ending to a tough day. Tomorrow I can walk without the backpack as I'm staying another night here. Looking forward to that.

Posted by Deb Godley 19:10 Archived in England

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