The Long Walk 2004


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Some of my stuff packed up and ready to go

Some of my stuff packed up and ready to go

Mark, Ron and James in the hire car on the way down to Minehead

Mark, Ron and James in the hire car on the way down to Minehead

The driver, driving

The driver, driving

The walkers on the morning of the first day of walking

The walkers on the morning of the first day of walking

At the seafront in Minehead

At the seafront in Minehead

The sculpture marks the start of the South West Coast Path

The sculpture marks the start of the South West Coast Path

Back towards Minehead

Back towards Minehead

Heading onto Exmoor

Heading onto Exmoor

At the top of our first big cliff

At the top of our first big cliff

James monkeying about

James monkeying about

James Skene in front of James Clarke

James Skene in front of James Clarke

Typical moorland heather and shrubs

Typical moorland heather and shrubs

The way forward

The way forward

Skene pressing on

Skene pressing on

More colourful flowers

More colourful flowers

Down our first steep hill

Down our first steep hill

Jo and Skene on the way down

Jo and Skene on the way down

Landscape

Landscape

Crossing the flood plains

Crossing the flood plains

Quite a contrast to the moorland

Quite a contrast to the moorland

Ron, Mark, James and Jo walk past some dead hedges

Ron, Mark, James and Jo walk past some dead hedges

A spooky tree, killed by the seawater

A spooky tree, killed by the seawater

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Ron and Dougal

Ron and Dougal

The walkers enter a tunnel

The walkers enter a tunnel

Alot of the South West Coast path has slipped into the sea

Alot of the South West Coast path has slipped into the sea

Less moorish

Less moorish

Ron in the lead

Ron in the lead

Bracken

Bracken

A less well looked after section of the path

A less well looked after section of the path

Ron performs some maintenance with his Stanley Knife

Ron performs some maintenance with his Stanley Knife

The view back towards Minehead

The view back towards Minehead

Breakfast time: Skene, John, Pamela and Richard

Breakfast time: Skene, John, Pamela and Richard

Ron, Mark, Richard, Jo, Dougal, Skene and James

Ron, Mark, Richard, Jo, Dougal, Skene and James

At the start of day two

At the start of day two

Dan, Mark, Richard, Dougal, Jo, Skene and James

Dan, Mark, Richard, Dougal, Jo, Skene and James

Down another hill

Down another hill

A stone cross

A stone cross

View from near the top of a 300 metre cliff

View from near the top of a 300 metre cliff

Heading down into the woods

Heading down into the woods

Impressive scenery

Impressive scenery

A long way to fall

A long way to fall

Stopping for a breather

Stopping for a breather

Exmoor -vs- Bristol Channel

Exmoor -vs- Bristol Channel

The narrow path clings to the cliff edge

The narrow path clings to the cliff edge

Where we came from

Where we came from

The picturesque village of Lynmouth

The picturesque village of Lynmouth

Walking into the village

Walking into the village

Bridge over the river Lyn

Bridge over the river Lyn

Mr Skene enjoys some refreshments

Mr Skene enjoys some refreshments

The funicular railway runs up the hill

The funicular railway runs up the hill

But were we allowed to catch it?

But were we allowed to catch it?

Yeah, right. We walked.

Yeah, right.  We walked.

Landscape

Landscape

There should be more signs like this

There should be more signs like this

A nice bay

A nice bay

Ron plods on

Ron plods on

Shampoo advert?

Shampoo advert?

Richard and Ron have a shower

Richard and Ron have a shower

Up again

Up again

Yet more impressive cliff scenery

Yet more impressive cliff scenery

Yes, we do have to go down there and then climb up the other side

Yes, we do have to go down there and then climb up the other side

About time for a sleep on night two

About time for a sleep on night two

Campsite two, in Combe Martin

Campsite two, in Combe Martin

Day three. We lost the path and had to climb through a bog

Day three.  We lost the path and had to climb through a bog

On the top of Great Hangman hill nr Combe Martin

On the top of Great Hangman hill nr Combe Martin

Walking down the hill again

Walking down the hill again

More moor

More moor

Heading for Ilfracombe

Heading for Ilfracombe

Getting closer, just one more hill to climb

Getting closer, just one more hill to climb

Campsite on the hill

Campsite on the hill

Another impressive view

Another impressive view

Check out that castle

Check out that castle

A busy bay

A busy bay

Look! Ilfracombe!

Look!  Ilfracombe!

Ron and me struggled on the hill

Ron and me struggled on the hill

Back the way we came, again

Back the way we came, again

A horrible little beach

A horrible little beach

An abandoned child´s bike...

An abandoned child´s bike...

...at the bottom of this huge cliff

...at the bottom of this huge cliff

Ilfracombe harbour

Ilfracombe harbour

On our way again

On our way again

This is how the world looked to me by this point

This is how the world looked to me by this point

It´s very hard to get lost on the South West Coast path

It´s very hard to get lost on the South West Coast path

Not a good place to get shipwrecked

Not a good place to get shipwrecked

We´ve walked all that way!

We´ve walked all that way!

Up another evil hill

Up another evil hill

Annoying camera strap

Annoying camera strap

Ron walks through a tunnel

Ron walks through a tunnel

Somewhere around Bull Point

Somewhere around Bull Point

Richard likes it here ;o)

Richard likes it here ;o)

James still looks alive

James still looks alive

Rough seas

Rough seas

Heading round Morte point to Woolacombe

Heading round Morte point to Woolacombe

The top of Morte point

The top of Morte point

Day 4. Morte bay, looking back towards Woolacombe

Day 4.  Morte bay, looking back towards Woolacombe

Ron looking back towards the beach

Ron looking back towards the beach

Richard points out Morte point

Richard points out Morte point

James, on the approach to Baggy Point, does a baggy point

James, on the approach to Baggy Point, does a baggy point

Baggy Point

Baggy Point

Nice day for it

Nice day for it

Onwards, ever onwards

Onwards, ever onwards

Don´t fall off

Don´t fall off

Bye bye to Morte Point

Bye bye to Morte Point

A whale bone from a beached whale

A whale bone from a beached whale

Heading down towards Braunton Sands

Heading down towards Braunton Sands

A four mile trek along the beach lies ahead

A four mile trek along the beach lies ahead

Dougal seems to be enjoying it

Dougal seems to be enjoying it

James walks near the sea, perhaps to keep his feet cool?

James walks near the sea, perhaps to keep his feet cool?

An impressive cloud with a rude shape

An impressive cloud with a rude shape

Back the way we came. The walk along this beach was agonisingly tedious

Back the way we came.  The walk along this beach was agonisingly tedious

Past the beach at last we head towards Wrafton

Past the beach at last we head towards Wrafton

Very very boring scenery sets in

Very very boring scenery sets in

Nice.

Nice.

Wrafton in sight, but still 5 miles of today´s mammoth 22 mile slog to go!

Wrafton in sight, but still 5 miles of today´s mammoth 22 mile slog to go!

Railway signage on the last leg of day 4

Railway signage on the last leg of day 4

Day 5 starts with a nice flyover

Day 5 starts with a nice flyover

Very picturesque!

Very picturesque!

Big big prop

Big big prop

Tug

Tug

Tug from the front

Tug from the front

Another day of boring walking in store

Another day of boring walking in store

Mud and sand in the Taw estuary

Mud and sand in the Taw estuary

I think this is a street in Fremlington

I think this is a street in Fremlington

Rusty old tub

Rusty old tub

Helicopter!

Helicopter!

Last leg of the shortened day 5 is Appledore to Westward Ho! in the rain

Last leg of the shortened day 5 is Appledore to Westward Ho! in the rain

More inspiring landscape

More inspiring landscape

Landrover ice cream van

Landrover ice cream van

Day 6: Skene and Johnson at Westward Ho!

Day 6:  Skene and Johnson at Westward Ho!

Walking along the old railway line again

Walking along the old railway line again

On we go

On we go

More information

More information

Our first hill in three days!

Our first hill in three days!

Beaches of round black rocks

Beaches of round black rocks

A typical coastal oak, encrusted with lichen

A typical coastal oak, encrusted with lichen

Quite a change from Exmoor and the boring estuary

Quite a change from Exmoor and the boring estuary

Totally tropical

Totally tropical

Look closely and you´ll see hundreds of grouse

Look closely and you´ll see hundreds of grouse

It just happens to be the first day of the shooting season!

It just happens to be the first day of the shooting season!

Famous Grouse

Famous Grouse

Three wise grouse

Three wise grouse

Clovelly, the end of day 6.

Clovelly, the end of day 6.

Cat, interrupted

Cat, interrupted

The pub in Clovelly

The pub in Clovelly

No cars are allowed in the village, but tourists are!

No cars are allowed in the village, but tourists are!

Richard loves Land Rovers

Richard loves Land Rovers

Richard loves Snug Bars

Richard loves Snug Bars

In the Land Rover on the way up the hill

In the Land Rover on the way up the hill

Bye bye Clovelly

Bye bye Clovelly

Day 7. A very nice wooden shelter

Day 7.  A very nice wooden shelter

More scenery

More scenery

Close to the edge

Close to the edge

Straight down

Straight down

Where we are headed

Where we are headed

Over the edge of the path

Over the edge of the path

Tall cliffs

Tall cliffs

100 miles! At last!

100 miles!  At last!

The 100 mile place

The 100 mile place

Skene does some boot maintenance

Skene does some boot maintenance

Cows

Cows

More fantastic scenes

More fantastic scenes

James Clarke heads up the hill

James Clarke heads up the hill

That zigzag on the hill over there is where we came down

That zigzag on the hill over there is where we came down

Very nice view

Very nice view

Ron and Richard enjoy some Metcalfe Christmas cake

Ron and Richard enjoy some Metcalfe Christmas cake

Heading towards Hartland Point

Heading towards Hartland Point

Bored of these coastal scenes yet...?

Bored of these coastal scenes yet...?

...strangely, we weren´t

...strangely, we weren´t

Very nice

Very nice

The moon on a stick?

The moon on a stick?

The best cream tea in the world. From a small hut on Hartland Point, Devon

The best cream tea in the world.  From a small hut on Hartland Point, Devon

Feeling good after my cream tea

Feeling good after my cream tea

The lighthouse on Hartland Point

The lighthouse on Hartland Point

Onwards!

Onwards!

Very impressive, but very painful ups and downs

Very impressive, but very painful ups and downs

Waterfall

Waterfall

The last tiny corner of a hill that´s been slowly eaten by the sea

The last tiny corner of a hill that´s been slowly eaten by the sea

Keep up you lot!

Keep up you lot!

Stark

Stark

Another waterfall in yet another valley

Another waterfall in yet another valley

Whoosh

Whoosh

For some reason I was feeling very energetic on day 7

For some reason I was feeling very energetic on day 7

Still if front ;o)

Still if front ;o)

Another place not to fall

Another place not to fall

Architecture

Architecture

Stopping for pain killers, energy food and a rest

Stopping for pain killers, energy food and a rest

Heading down into Hartland Quay

Heading down into Hartland Quay

Stomping down the hill

Stomping down the hill

Two big men

Two big men

"If only I could read..."

"If only I could read..."

Been there

Been there

Hair raising!

Hair raising!

More rocks

More rocks

The biggest waterfall of the walk...

The biggest waterfall of the walk...

...and it´s little friend

...and it´s little friend

Campers

Campers

Richard, Waterfall, Ron and James

Richard, Waterfall, Ron and James

That waterfall again

That waterfall again

Sheep!

Sheep!

Cows!

Cows!

Cliffs!

Cliffs!

The end of day 7 is in sight

The end of day 7 is in sight

Richard takes the lead

Richard takes the lead

Be careful!

Be careful!

The hill we were at the top of

The hill we were at the top of

Ron on his way down

Ron on his way down

Over the stream

Over the stream

...a scene from <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>?

...a scene from <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>?

Tomorrow´s walk looks like this

Tomorrow´s walk looks like this

Only one day to go

Only one day to go

The weather looks grim

The weather looks grim

Down by the sea

Down by the sea

Day 8: The last day involves many more ups and downs

Day 8:  The last day involves many more ups and downs

Entering Cornwall

Entering Cornwall

Looking back towards Devon

Looking back towards Devon

Richard loves cows

Richard loves cows

Richard cleaning some bullocks

Richard cleaning some bullocks

Sheep on a cliff

Sheep on a cliff

Another day of fantastic views

Another day of fantastic views

Skene looks like a German prostitute

Skene looks like a German prostitute

Heading for the satellite dishes

Heading for the satellite dishes

Getting closer

Getting closer

Richard and Ron love satellite dishes

Richard and Ron love satellite dishes

Ron and myself pose just before Bude

Ron and myself pose just before Bude

The road goes ever on and on...

The road goes ever on and on...

...but not just yet!

...but not just yet!