|Day 10 – April 14||Bude to Hartland Quay|
|Weather: Cloudy, cool and windy||B&B: Hartland Quay Hotel (£40)|
|Departed: 08:50 Arrived: 16:00||Walked: 5h 37m Rested: 1 hr 29m|
|Distance Today: 15.3 mi / 24.62 km||Total Distance: 145.8 mi / 234.64 km|
|% Complete: ~ 13.09%||Pint of the Day: St. Austell’s Tribute Ale|
|GPS Track for: Day 10|
As expected Day 10 was challenging although not quite as exhausting as yesterday‘s walk. I think the cool and cloudy weather had a lot to do with that. The hardest section of the SWCP is now complete and there are only 3 more strenuous miles to Hartland Point before the path mellows out on its way to Clovelly.
I left the very friendly Sunrise Guest House before 9am and covered the first 3 miles in less than an hour. There was a small patch of blue sky that was soon obliterated by an advancing cloud bank. There would be no need for sunscreen today and the jacket would remain on too as there was a biting north-easterly.
While the first 3 miles were reasonably easy the next eight miles were riddled with valleys that needed traversing. The total ascents and descents were similar to yesterday (just over 10,000 feet) however there seemed to be fewer steps. Many of these valleys were referred to as “Mouths”, there was Sandy Mouth, Litter Mouth and Welcombe Mouth. The only Potty Mouth was me when another one of these came into view. After Welcombe Mouth the SWCP leveled off and followed the cliff tops for a couple of miles before reverting to valleys just prior to my descent into the Hartland Quay Hotel.
This was a very remote stretch of coast and I didn’t pass any shops, pubs or cafes. Sandy beaches were rare and so surfers and families were nowhere to be seen. However the massive Radio Installation (photo on right) I walked by this morning has been on the horizon for the last day and a half. This radio station is part of the Cornish military’s Early Warning System designed to detect foreigners from Devon. 😉
At some point after 1pm I walked out of Cornwall and into Devon. It’s taken almost 10 days to traverse my first county but the remainder, in England at least, will be crossed in much quicker fashion.
The Hartland Quay Hotel is my refuge for the night. Situated immediately below the SWCP it is pretty much the only option unless you’re willing to walk inland for several miles. The hotel has a pub with wifi so it’s time for supper and to post this blog.
Wifi is pretty iffy tomorrow so my next blog update may not be until Friday.