Today was the second longest at 15.5 miles and comes the day before the longest walk! We left the hotel after an early breakfast and said goodbye to Chris and Sue who were going back to Sidmouth. Barry was joining us for today’s walk and Michelle was going to meet us at Bude.
The walk climbed to the cliff tops straight away and for the first 5 miles or so was a reasonable walk along the edge through fields on a well. Raked path with excellent views of what must be one of the most impressive parts of the UK coastline. We tried to make as much progress as possible and kept up a good pace until our first stop at Welcome Mouth Bay which was a popular stop for both walkers and campers.
From Welcome Mouth the path climbs and the descends through a number of bays which tested the legs, before our next stop at Vicarage Cliff where Parson Hawker built a hut from driftwood now maintained by the National Trust, for writing his poetry.
The climbs and descents carried on until we reached the radar station ear Lower Sharpnose Point where it levelled out for a while. We had found the going challenging at times up narrow steep rocky paths, only to be overtaken TWICE by a young couple with. A backpack each plus a baby in a pram which they carries between them.
We also saw some climbers on the cliffs (see if you can spot one).
Dave’s family, Gill Chris and baby Adam were there to welcome us in and later Brian’s daughter Esther met us for dinner.
Nobody was up for a late night and we were all back at the B&B by 9.30 to prepare for the walk to Boscastle tomorrow.
PS. Just to answer some comments and queries, there has only been one cream tea on the whole trip to date! BUT we are now in Cornwall so clotted cream here we come!