This page details the first week long chunk of my attempt to walk the South West Coast Way. The links below lead to individual days of the walk, each having its own map. For an overview map of the whole walk click on the top MAP button below.

The first week of the walk was undertaken by Simon and I at the end of August/ beginning of september in 2003 and we were incredibly lucky with the weather on the whole, which was just as well as we'd decided to camp every night, because we could share the weight of the tent. Not having experienced this type of walking/camping holiday for such a looong time... since my Abel Tasman Walk in New Zealand in 1994 in fact... I ended up taking FAR too much stuff!!! I ended up wearing T shirts for a couple of days and just throwing them away in camp site bins rather than have to carry them all the way home.. the same with underwear etc etc. The one VERY heavy luxury that I took was an air bed and I'm actually glad about that!! I think I DID sleep slightly more comfortably than Simon because of it. Because of the ridiculous weight and the very up and down nature of coastal walking I ended up ruining my knees as I usually do on long distance walks and so trudged the last few days drugged up on painkillers.. maybe not the most sensible move, but it wouldn't be such a wonderful high when finishing if you didn't suffer a bit along the way!!!:) This, along with ease of getting transport in a larger place, meant we ended up cutting short our original planned walk all the way to Westward Ho! in this week, and finished instead, more comfortably in Barnstaple.

Unfortunately, the sub pages are predominantly just photo albums, because I'm actually uploading them to this site a LLLOOOOONNNGGG time after doing the first week of walking. Where I actually wrote diary entries at the time of walking, I've typed them in and added them to the appropriate day. Other than that the photos will have to suffice to give you an idea of the walk. I'm hoping that the next week long section will be much better and more complete.

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29th August 2003 - Travel Down to Minehead

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30th August 2003 - Minehead to Porlock - 7.5 Miles

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31st August 2003 - Porlock to Lynmouth - 11 Miles

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1st September 2003 - Lynton to Combe Martin/Watermouth Castle - 15 Miles

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2nd September 2003 - Watermouth Castle to Mortehoe - 10 Miles

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3rd September 2003 - Mortehoe to Croyd Bay - 8 Miles

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4th September 2003 - Croyd Bay to Chivenor - 10 Miles

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5th September 2003 - Chivenor to Barnstaple - 4 Miles

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