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SWCP - Day 5 - Woolacombe - Braunton

sunny 17 °C

Steps / Distance: 43,107 29.6km
Rating: easy

As planned, after breakfast, my host drove me to my starting point for the day. It was supposed to be Mortehoe, but I didn't notice until it was too late that she'd actually taken me to Woolacombe. So I've unintentionally skipped the Mortehoe to Woolacombe section. While I'd intended to complete the whole Coast Path, I'm not going to obsess over things outside of my control.

So today I walked without my backpack, having left it in the Braunton B&B, where I'm staying again tonight. The path was, for the most part, flat; about half walking on roads in or near towns and half on natural pathways. It was very windy going around Baggy Point and I wished for another layer, but had to just shiver until I rounded the corner and was out of the strongest wind. That's the downside of leaving the pack behind.

Given the proximity to towns, there were lots of walkers today. I walked off and on with Jess from Devon for a couple of hours. Very nice way to pass the time chatting about past and future travels. We've been to quite a few of the same places and she's planning a Camino in 2029. So a fun chat.

Not so many pictures today, given so much time on the roads.
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Saw hang gliders over Baggy Point
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The sign here says: "These bones are all that remains of a large whale that was washed up on Croyde Beach in 1915"
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Passed the beautiful and popular Staunton Beach, filled with hearty waders and paddlers in wetsuits.
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Sometimes the path was so overgrown it was hard to see.
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Despite not having my heavy pack, it was still a tiring day and was nice to arrive before 5pm for an early dinner (microwaved fish pie from the grocery and lovely fresh strawberries). I've spent the evening reading by the fire in the living room of my flat. Very nice and relaxing.

Posted by Deb Godley 17:16 Archived in England

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