Dave Hedges and Mollie the dog joined us at breakfast time this morning, so the original 7 men and a dog were back together. They will be walking with us until the end of the walk on Friday.
We set off just after 9.30 leaving Port Isaac up the hill past Doc Martin’s house on our way to the first checkpoint at Port Quin. The first 5 or 6 miles were reportedly the hardest of the walk with some steep sided valleys but became easier as the morning went on. Weather was fine to start despite a concerning forecast but we did need wet weather gear at times.
We didn’t really stop for lunch but we did stop at Polzeath Bay for a mug of tea before we made our way to Rock to catch the ferry to Padstow and our base for the night at the Metropole. On our way along the beach to Rock we were ambushed by two women hiding in the dunes – Steph and Fluff’s sister Gill had walked along the path to meet us and see us over to Padstow before they headed back to their caravan. They will be with us again tomorrow when Linda and Mary arrive for the final evening.
Fluff has a reputation for finding things and told me that before the walk he had found a Tilley hat. I said I would like one and could he find one for me on the walk. I even asked for a green hat. Tuesday I came down to breakfast to be. Presented with a wrapped parcel containing a Tilly like hat found the day before in green – another amazing finding feat!
The. Team are also apparently impressed by my small gaiters so here they are by popular request – no more fashion advice from me ever again.