There’s some great views as you come out of Ilfracombe although there’s plenty of steep climbs to go with it. Leaving Ilfracombe very late in the day meant I didn’t think much ground was going to be covered.
Already picking likely wild camping spots on Google maps gave me somewhere to head for and I lucked out by finding a sweet place on Morte Point. Even though its right on the coast I managed to tuck the tent behind a small hill that blocked out most of the wind.
Did try looking for a campsite in North Morte but even with 4 listed all were like a ghost town. Had a double whammy of dealing with the tent at night as I was up very early to take the thing down before any of the locals spotted the interloper 🙂
Yesterday I pushed it a little hard after being caught in the rain on the Tarka Trail/Coast Path coming out of Braunton. The walk through Braunton Burrows to reach the trail is a beautiful flat path if a little surreal as it runs right down the middle of a golf course.
The plan was to walk a down the trail a bit and find a place to wild camp for the night and sleep through the rain, only this turned into a rush for Barnstaple as this part of the trail has zero (safe) wild camping choices with the River Taw on one side and nothing but water logged fields on the other.
In hindsight it would have been easier to stuck around somewhere like crow point and camp there. Turning up in Barnstaple just after 9PM I was lucky and particularly bumped into a pub that had very cheap rooms going (one of the few benefits to traveling off season).
The First Causality
Been keeping an eye on the state of my boots and yesterdays long wet walking day put an end to the current pair. These were far from new when I started the walk making me very surprised they’ve lasted this long.
The timings good though as Barnstaple is a big enough place for me to be able to get the replacements needed at a reasonable price (as I write this in the usual Costa Coffee I’m wearing a new pair of very cheap Peter Storm Boots from Millets).
Going to slow the pace right down over the next few days as it crucial to pick my overnight pitches with more care. The weather has a nice mix of sustained rain and snow over the next few days and I’m in no mood to get crapped on like yesterday 🙂