South West Coast Way Part 2 - Barnstaple to Hartland Quay

This page details the second 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.

I'd decided to do this section of the walk on my own, as Simon had had enough of walking and seemingly me! Despite the obvious potential for loneliness in the evenings after walking, I was actually quite looking forward to the whole experience, most especially because I'd decided early on that if I was going to walk on my own there was no way I could carry the whole weight of the tent with all its associated camping gubbins on my own. Therefore, if I was to do it, it would be with the luxury of B&Bs!!! I booked them all in advance, apart from the first one in Barnstaple, picking what seemed like sensible distances between them, apart from a couple of days towards the end where lack of habitation would mean slightly longer days than I'm normally comfortable with in such hilly terrain.

Unfortunately, even with the light ruck sack compared to last time, this attempt turned out to be a disaster from a walking point of view. My ankle decided to give up the ghost after only two days walking, just as the route started to become more pretty. I forced myself to walk a third, but alas after that I was totally unable to walk. Because I'd booked the B&Bs for the whole week I stayed down there and had a VERY relaxing holiday though, getting busses and taxis between my B&Bs, so it wasn't a totally wasted journey! And I DID manage to do an extra 30 miles!!! Looking on the bright side.. when I return to resume I have fabulous scenery from day 1!!

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Tuesday 4th May 2004 - Travel Down to Barnstaple

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Wednesday 5th May 2004 - Barnstaple to Westward Ho! - 11 Miles

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Thursday 6th May 2004 - Westward Ho! to Clovelly - 10 Miles

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Friday 7th May 2004 - Clovelly to Hartland Quay - 9 Miles

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