WEEK 40 Shurton, Somerset to Ilfracombe, Devon

72 miles walked

(total 2,335 miles walked)

A great start to the SW Coast Path. The combination of beautiful scenery, hot weather, some sunshine and meeting other “trail walkers” made it a wonderful, and very different, week. 

a different style of way markers for the SW Coast Path
I have been shocked by the number of people I have met that are walking the SW Coast Path. I think I came across 18 people this week, 8 of them were foreigners and 6 of the foreigners were women walking alone. Most people were only doing part of the path over a few weeks but I had no idea this walk was so popular. 

Tanja and Jarmo sharing a joke by the boars near Culbone
I particularly noticed the change in terrain this week. I have had to try and forget my inbuilt distance/time calculator because this week the miles have been much harder earned. Apparently Exmoor has the highest sea cliffs on mainland Britain – my legs know it!

high cliffs – Holdstone Down on the way to Combe Martin
The Exmoor coastline is incredibly beautiful and quite different with all of the trees on the cliffs. I also noticed that entering Devon seemed to be the dividing line between the brown water of the Bristol Channel and the blue-green Atlantic Ocean. 

beautiful deciduous trees on the side of nearly every cliff
I started the week walking part of The Coleridge Way. The romantic poets of the early 19th Century (Coleridge, Shelley, Byron and Wordsworth) walked the moors together between Minehead and Combe Martin and there is plenty of their history around the area. 

4 thoughts on “WEEK 40 Shurton, Somerset to Ilfracombe, Devon

  1. vanessa May 18, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Hey Luc
    More stunning photos and it must be nice to have more company along the way…
    How does it feel to be ob the home run?


    • Lucy May 18, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Hi Ness. I think I’ve got another 4 months away yet. This part is particularly beautiful though. Does it make you miss Britain at all?


      • jstumm May 19, 2016 / 4:29 pm

        It makes me miss Britain! I think the next part will be tough – all those holiday memories. And Clevedon was pretty bad too. Oh man, what I would give for sea, sand and nice rocks…


  2. Chris Frazer May 19, 2016 / 3:11 am

    72 miles in the bag. Eight people met along some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery yet, in the most glorious weather……….outstanding Marshal of the Air(Retd) truly outstanding.


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