LIII – Hartland Quay to Westward Ho!

Hasteful MammalI awoke early on the First of April, vaguely convinced that my phone alarm must be playing some sort of April Fool’s Day prank.  Alas, it was not. Blearily, I crawled from my bed and prepared for a full day of walking.

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XLIX – Newquay to Padstow

Hasteful MammalTHE last day of February saw me continue with my walking, such that I had achieved three day’s worth of planned walks in two.  Even though it was the twenty-ninth, and therefore a leap day in a leap year, I didn’t do any leaping from any of the cliffs.

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XLVIII – Portreath to Newquay

Hasteful MammalTHE penultimate day of February saw me once again arriving in Plymouth at an ungodly hour in order to catch the first train out to Redruth.  Having arrived in this old mining town, I immediately tried to leave it again. On the wrong bus.

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XLVI – Sennen Cove to St Ives

Hasteful MammalWITH the January weather proving variable, my forty-second birthday saw me ambling gently along five miles or so of the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich in the company of two good friends.  This was entirely lovely.  It also reawakened my desire to walk around the coast again.

Thus, a week later, I found myself dozing fitfully through the eight hour overnight bus journey from London to Penzance

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XXXV – Salcombe to Bigbury-on-Sea

Hasteful MammalTHE last Saturday in September saw me return to Plymouth on an overnight coach, only to then jump on the first bus out of the town. I was joined on this public transport extravaganza by Simkin, who hadn’t been to Plymouth in a while and so used the gap between coach and bus to wander about, much as I had before, taking in all the changes.

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XXV – Kimmeridge Bay to Durdle Door

Hasteful MammalYESTERDAY was a much shorter walk of only eight miles, into which I managed pack a heady mixture of pain, fear, nausea, exhaustion and sheep.

I knew from the outset that I had limited time for the walk. Kimmeridge Bay has no public transport whatsoever, which meant catching a train to Wareham and then a taxi to Kimmeridge. I asked the taxi driver for an estimate of the cost before we set off and, very reasonable chap that he was, he turned off the meter when it turned out to be more.

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