This coastal walk is turning into wild camping heaven with overnight spots not hard to come by if you wander off the path a little. I am starting to wish it was summer though as the amount of mud pools along some sections of the track are horrendous 🙂
I’m currently sat in a launderette in Tintagel waiting for the machine to spit out some nice clean clothes so the ones I’ve been wearing for the last 3 days can be safety sealed in a black bin liner.
Its been 5 days since turning this computer on and I’ve enjoyed walking and wild camping every one of them.
Walk wise its been pretty easy going since Bude as the whole terrain of the coast seems to change at that point. With the combination of the walk being tiring and the long nights, I’m getting so much sleep at the moment it feels good.
Spent most of today walking through mist and you’d be surprised how this semi-drizzle works its way into your clothing if your not careful.
The coast scenery is stunning this time of year and goes from lovely hot days to foggy ‘white out’ so quickly it almost takes me by surprise. Its a good job that all the navigation needed is keeping the sea on the right or there would be trouble, that said some of the ‘white outs’ when your on top of a cliff reduce the visibility to a few feet in front.
Do feel that more ground needs to be covered everyday and after stripping yet more weight from my pack its starting to make those violent uphills much faster and easier. Leaving Devon and finally moving into Cornwall felt good and put an extra spring in my step.
The SWCP in Winter
Campsites are hard to come by this time of year which at first was a nightmare, but provided I can find a place every few days to wash clothes along with having a good strip down wash (a shower is much needed though) then its all good, besides I much prefer wild camping to pitching up in a site that you have to pay for 🙂
Pretty as it is Boscastle was a huge disappointment as I was hoping to rest up there for the day and deal with my foot problem (now solved). All the campsites were closed, nothing in the way of facilities and even the YHA hostel was closed until March. To be fair like many of the coastal towns its all geared up to dealing with the tourist and I do wonder sometimes how the yocals go about their daily lives??
Its Hobo Time!
On a personal note I’ve decided not to shave and see how that goes. Never been the biggest fan of beards although beginning to think it may be a good look for the trip and it really adds to the whole Hobo thing I’ve got going on 🙂
Met some great people on the trail like the couple who invited me in for a much needed coffee and were grilling me for information about the walk down to Minehead. Everybody is helpful in one way or another with either information on the state of the path ahead or places to possible wild camps.