|Day 12 – April 16||Clovelly to Barnstaple|
|Weather: Sunny||B&B: Cresta Guest House (£25)|
|Departed: 08:35 Arrived: 18:00||Walked: 8h 01m Rested: 1 hr 23m|
|Distance Today: 26.5 mi / 42.65 km||Total Distance: 184.3 mi / 296.60 km|
|% Complete: ~ 16.44%||Pint of the Day: Sharp’s Doom Bar Ale|
|GPS Track for: Day 12|
Note: I’m behind on updating my photo gallery … I may update these tonight if I don’t fall asleep first.
The reason is I walked 26.5 miles today and am absolutely spent. I’ve never walked more than 20 miles in one day so this is certainly a record for me and one I truly hope never to break. Unfortunately I have another long day tomorrow but I will be taking shortcuts wherever possible to reduce the mileage. I also intend to be on the road by 8am and to take some longer breaks.
I was hoping the margin of error I was experiencing with “Where’s the Path” (the tool I used to plot my route) may be less of a factor now that I was dealing with less changes in altitude however that was not the case. My 21.7 miles estimate turned out to be 26.5. What saved me was the fact that I managed to walk these miles in the same amount of time the tool estimated it would take me to walk 21.7.
The first 13 miles were on local roads as I headed in a north-easterly direction from Clovelly through a few small villages to the Tarka Trail, a disused railway bed that is now a cycling / walking trail. There were a few short climbs in the first section but once I hit the Tarka Trail it was flat as a pancake for the next 13.5 miles.
The scenery was quite pleasant and the weather was fantastic (again) however it was just too much of a good thing. I think about 7 hours of walking is my limit and beyond that it’s just a painful slog. My feet are extremely sore but fortunately no blisters. I’m hoping this will still be the case tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to my second rest day on Sunday.
On Monday I head to Roadwater and originally I was going to be in Bridgwater on Tuesday however I have decided to break up this potentially long day (8+ hours) by staying in Nether Stowey instead.