JOGLE Day 55 26/06/17 Great Knightacott Farm – Clovelly 19m

The weather guess for today was cloudy so we were surprised to wake up to sunshine. It was pleasantly warm as I left the farm and headed west towards Instow and Bideford and got my first real views of the sea and coast ahead.I then picked up the Tarka trail and followed the old railway line with views across the Torridge to Appledore and the 2 bridges over the river to Bideford.I shortcutted the coastal path around the headland and headed west on minor roads to join it finally at Greencliff. I could see Lundy Island across the sea and the white splash of Clovelly tumbling down the distant cliffs.My first taste of the SWCP was pretty much what I expected – a few steep ups and downs to cover before arriving at Peppercombe where I decided to go along the shore rather than the cliffs. An hour later after a difficult walk over rocks, boulders, pebbles I had covered another 2 miles to Bucks Mills. Will stick to the cliff path in future!I climbed steeply back up to the cliff path and followed it through woods and fields before the last 2 miles along the Hobby Drive to meet Cath at Clovelly. We decided to wild camp on the visitor centre car park and eat tonight in the village.Tomorrow the toughest part of the SWCP down to Bude…..

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