Category Archives: 09 Devon

141(pm) Barnstaple to Chivenor

It should be easy walking – flat and a good surface. But I find it hard work. A collection of boats ahead cheers me up. Not exactly a luxury marina, but a sort of informal mooring of everyday boats, the sort I enjoy looking at.

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141(am) Instow, Barnstaple, Chivenor

I pass rusting wrecks and abandoned jetties. A sign tells me it is a “Wildlife Refuge” – although I see no sign of any life, wild or otherwise. Inland there are wet areas and clumps of grass. And a marching army of poles.
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140(pm) Appledore to Bideford and Instow

In a small square is a statue of Charles Kingsley, historian and novelist, famous for The Water Babies and Westward Ho!. He spent some of his childhood years in Clovelly and some in the village of Barnack, close to my home town of Stamford. Continue reading

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140(am) Westwood Ho! to Appledore

The sea gives way to mud flats and a sign. WARNING. The tidal waters and mudflats on this estuary can be dangerous if not treated with respect.
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139b Peppercombe to Westwood Ho!

“The next section of shoreline is up-and-down,” my husband warns me. He has already walked this part of the coast, in order to meet me.
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139a Clovelly to Buck’s Mills

On Hobby Drive, through the trees I get a sudden view of Clovelly. I am surprised to discover how little progress I have made in 30 minutes of easy walking. Continue reading

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138b Clovelly

Clovelly is an impossible village. Ridiculously steep slopes. Inaccessible. Beautiful. The only safe harbour between Boscastle and the waters of the Bideford/Barnstable estuary. Continue reading

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138 Hartland Point to Clovelly

I wonder if I have been spoiled for ever. Cornwall was so extraordinarily beautiful, perhaps every walk from now on with be disappointing. Continue reading

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137 Hartland Quay to Hartland Point

A glorious day and a short walk. But I work out that in the past eight days of my coastal walk, I have climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest! Continue reading

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136b Marsland Mouth to Hartland Quay

And here is a little desk in front of large windows. And notepaper, pens, water, glasses. It looks like a study. Somewhere a poet might sit. A modern “Hawker’s Hut”. Continue reading

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