Category Archives: 09 Devon

148a Lynmouth to Porlock Weir

A wet slog up Countisbury Hill and then an amazing and deserted walk through ancient forests and past secret springs.
If only I could get rid of the flies and find somewhere to sit down. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

147 Holdstone Hill, Lee Bay to Lynmouth

On Holdstone Hill I hold a stone and ponder, before discovering Heddon Mouth, finding a secret waterfall and walking through the Valley of Rocks. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

146c Combe Martin to Holdstone Down

I climb up to Greater Hangman – the highest point on the South West Coast Path and the highest coastal cliff in mainland Britain. But experience a strange sense of anti-climax. And then I endure the Valley of the Flies… Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

146b Ifracombe to Combe Martin

I feel dizzy and faint in the heat, but I still manage to enjoy the walk, during which I discover a shipwreck cove, find rampant Knotweed, climb up Widmouth Head, and admire a wonderful view over Water Mouth. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

146a Ilfracombe

I walk through Ilfracombe and admire the tragic statue of a pretty girl. At the end of the pier I come across a massive, nude woman – who is peeling badly. And then I follow the footprints out of town. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

145 Lee Bay to Ilfracombe

On a beautiful sunny day, I detour to avoid killer cows, muse on the disadvantages of munching sheep, and take the hard route down into Ilfracombe. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

144 Woolacombe to Lee Bay

I walk along cliffs where pirates and wreckers once lurked. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

143. Saunton to Woolacombe

I stumble across an Easter egg hunt, reach Baggy Point where I feel dizzy watching climbers on the rocks, and enjoy a long walk up Woolacombe Sands. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

142(b) Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands

I am buzzed by a yellow helicopter while walking across miles of empty sands, along the edge of the largest dune system in England. At the end of the trek, for a moment, I regret the path not taken. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

142(a) Chivenor to Braunton Marsh

Horsey island is a beautiful open space of water and marshes. But I have to watch my feet continually. The bank is eroded in places, with gaps and overhanging mini-cliffs. Continue reading

Posted in 09 Devon | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments