South West Coast Way Part 3 - Hartland Quay to Newquay

I picked the last week of July in 2005 to continue my mammoth journey along South West Coast Way. I'd decided not to book accommodation in advance as I'd done last time, in case I ended up not being able to continue through injury again. Also, following the success of camping along Cotswold Way earlier in the year, I decided to go for the heavier rucksack option to allow me much greater flexibility for the route - if I felt tired one day I could stop when I liked. In reality it turned out that this route was less suited to wild camping, with little flat ground that wasn't cultivated, but there were plenty of campsites, which on the whole is better. For a few pounds you get showers and toilets and can feel a bit more human!

The scenery was beautiful but the walk again proved itself to need another level of fitness! I was constantly drained of energy with all the ups and downs and ins and outs of coastal walking, especially with the extra camping accoutrements I had to carry! If it hadn't been for my friend Karen turning up for a few days holiday down there, then I expect I could well have had to give up through injury again, as after the first day my right knee was becoming quite painful on descents again! The fact that I could continue on the walk without the weight of the rucksack probably saved the day and allowed me to complete the 75 miles from Hartland Quay to Newquay in 7 days. In that terrain and carrying that weight.. that's quite an achievement for me!!!

The links below lead to details of individual days of this section of my South West Coast Way walk, each having its own map. For an overview map of the whole walk click on the top MAP button below.

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24th July 2005 - Travel Down to Hartland Quay

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25th July 2005 - Hartland Quay to Bude Holiday Park, Maer - 12 Miles

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26th July 2005 - Maer to Trebyla Farm Campsite, Beeny - 16 Miles

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27th July 2005 - Beeny to Tintagel - 5 Miles

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28th July 2005 - Tintagel to Port Isaac - 7 Miles

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29th July 2005 - Port Isaac to Polzeath - 8 Miles

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30th July 2005 - Polzeath to Porthcothan - 14 Miles

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31st July 2005 - Pothcothan to Newquay - 11 Miles

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