Day 10: 02 Apr 2014; St Gennys to Elmscott
|Date||Wed 02 Apr 2014||Start to end time||08h 26m|
|Start point||St Gennys||End point||Elmscott|
|Miles today||21.27||Cu miles||198.73|
|Ft today||3,902||Cu ft||36,381|
|Route miles left||1,274.00||Route ft left||157,337|
|Today’s weather||Started off raining then deied up abpit 11 and weak sun shone briefly. Overcast all aftyernoon, drizzle in evening. Easterly breeze. About 14 C|
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
|GPX based track of today’s walk
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“I was well rested after my unexpected night under a roof at Coxford and after four cups of tea and a caffeine laced energy gel bar for breakfast, I was positively buzzing. I hadn’t been particularly looking forward to this stage of the walk, as I’d heard from other walkers that the coastal path north of here was especially challenging. Also, I was aiming for Elmscott Youth Hostel for the night which even on a conservative estimate was over 20 miles away.
I started off in heavy rain – not the most auspicious beginning to the day – but it slowly brightened up and by the time I got to Bude, at 8 miles, it was almost sunny. It was a lot milder than lately, so for much of the day I was walking in a T shirt. The cool Easterly breeze stopped me getting too sweaty.
In order to make the day more manageable, I had re-planned my route to take in quite a lot of road-walking. In order to help ease the monotony of road-walking, I put my earphones on and switched on my music. It certainly helped pass the miles though I am sure my one-sided karaoke must have startled the occasional walkers who I met coming the other way!
In fact the day went straightforwardly – I managed to walk the coast path more than I expected and I didn’t find it quite as excruciating as on earlier days. I suppose 10 days of hiking must do something for the stamina. En route, a couple of large hares hopped by to check me out – they seemed enormous – like small deer, almost! And near Bude, bluebells were coming out in the hedgerows – really feeling like spring now.
The seascapes are changing a bit too – the cliffs are every bit as impressive as further south, but seem to be more shale than granite now. And – after 10 days walking, at 195 miles today I finally left Cornwall and entered Devon. Tangible progress, of sorts!
Overnight at Elmscott youth Hostel tonight. It’s very simple but just what I needed. Self catering tonight for the first time, too – if you really want to know, I am having macaroni cheese and chicken tikka, followed by ambrosia rice pudding and custard. All from cans, of course. Mmmm..”