Technical note: Slow wifi tonight so photos to follow. NOW UPDATED I know some people have had issues making comments because of the code system used to check the posts being submitted. It seems to work best when you copy and paste the code word. I’ll email Stuart who runs the site and see if there is anything he can do to help.
We left John & Penny’s around 9.00 with the promise of a full day and 13 miles to Woolacombe described as moderate to strenuous. Having missed out on the Lynmouth to Lynton railway we had the chance of a short bus ride when we reached Watermouth Castle and Harbour to find both the path and the pavement closed with signs saying that a bus was compulsory for the mile or so that the roadworks were in place.
We had excellent weather all day and a good path which had as much ascent as yesterday but over more undulating hills and great views of the coast and rocks.
We stopped in Ilfracombe for a look around the harbour and the Damien Hirst artwork on the harbour side before walking out of town via Torrs Park where you can see Lee and Bull point in the distance. When we got to Lee Bay the path goes along the beach through some dramatic rocks at low tide and we went this way and then climbed the steps and made our way to Bull Point.
The path contued with short sharp ascents to Morte Point where we started to catch sight of Woolacombe although it was three bays and a good hour away. We made our way toward the town and our B&B on Beach Rd where we were greeted with pots of tea and coffee and help to get our bags to the rooms.
We were all tired but the B&B owners, Wendy and Martin told us they had wet suits, surf and body boards available for guests to use. Brian persuade Gareth, Fluff and Steve to go surfing so we got our suits on and spent an hour at the end of the day in the warm sea doing our best to look like the beach boys.