Well, I made it! Technically we only walked ‘there’, but we got back again!
60 miles in 4 days. Also, the total ascent was 3 times that which we covered when we climbed Snowdon last year! So not too shabby!
First day was good. Other than me falling down a hole half an hour into the walk and bleeding, but these things happen, right? We’d already walked that part last year so we knew what lay ahead. Also, there was a pub quiz in the pub by the campsite – bonus! We came second to a rather large team of locals (as opposed to a team of rather large locals), which was good as there were only 3 of us.
Second day started off with a steep climb (technically it started in the pub, but only because it opened just as the Heavens did, honest!), then what was to be a fairly gentle, if long afternoon. Except it rained. Sideways. Because the wind was that bad too. At one point we stopped in a field to empty our boots out as they’d become that sodden that they were no longer absorbing water on the inside and just being squelchy, there were actual pools in the bottom of them! But we got to another nice campsite (next to a slightly less nice pub) and camped up. We had made it to Devon!
Third day began with a fry up in the campsite cafe. Then went very similarly to the previous day. Nice in the morning, rain in the afternoon. Except that we had a lot more distance to cover. We finally got to the campsite at 9.45pm and realised that it (especially the “shower”/toilet block) resembled a scene from a teen slasher flick. No lights, dodgy liquid running down the walls and a few big, crazy sounding dogs on chains. Nice. After a quick tent set-up in the rain, we went straight to bed, mainly as we were in the middle of nowhere and there were no pubs around!
On the final day, one of our team decided not to continue as his feet had taken too much damage and he was struggling. Which was a fair point. He caught a bus to our final destination, while the remaining two continued with the walk. It was a straightforward day – couple of pubs, lots of walking, massive sense of achievement at the end!
This was all to get to our friend’s field so that we could party in his field for the weekend for his birthday!
After 5 days of camping I had nightmares last night about tents. I’m sure these will stop soon. Please…