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Killer Cows: Killer Cows
Our footpaths should be safe, particularly in an area promoted as a place for recreational walking.
They went for my dog, and then surrounded me.
I lifted my legs up and started kicking the attacking cows in the face
Category Archives: 09 Devon
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
“How many ups-and-downs?” I ask. Continue reading
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
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
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
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