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