SWCP Day 39. Fleet to Portland, and Portland circuit

Today's distance walked - approx 28 kms (17.3miles).
Ascent - approx 350m (1148ft).

I woke early, but didn't get started until around 8.30am this morning. The first stretch of trail was around the remainder of the Fleet nature reserve en route to Ferrybridge. I briefly passed through a firing range - no red flags flying today, so no detour necessary. I stopped in at one of the huge holiday parks on the way, used their facilities and bought a sandwich.

The next 600m out and back down to...

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SWCP Day 38. Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth to Fleet

Today's distance walked - approx 34kms (21 miles).
Ascent - approx 728m (2388 ft).

I woke up at 5.30am and had 2 museli bars and a coffee for breakfast. I wanted to pack in another big day today - I'm way ahead of my original schedule, but I'm trying to shave off another day to get to Lulworth Cove while the firing range isn't in use this weekend. I left at 6.45am. I was glad I'd put in such a big day yesterday, and I was feeling surprisingly good when I set off.

I started...

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SWCP Day 37. Peak Hill, Sidmouth to Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth

Today's distance walked - approx 38 kms (23.6 miles).
Ascent - approx 1661m (5449 ft).

I woke at 5.30am and spent a while getting myself together and finishing my blog for the past couple of days. As I was finishing up, a few big fat spots of rain fell on the tent. I got the tent packed away quickly, because I didn't want to carry it wet, but in my haste I damaged a tent pole a little bit which I mended with the duct tape I keep wrapped around my hiking poles. The rain turned out to be...

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SWCP Day 36. Teignmouth to Peak Hill, Sidmouth

Today's distance walked - approx 31 kms (19 miles).
Ascent - approx 685m (2247 ft).

I left Janec's house around 6.20am, and wandered back to the seafront in town to get some nice photos. There were a few dog walkers out already, and a couple of swimmers having an early morning dip. I was suddenly gripped by a desperate need for the bathroom (#hikersworstnightmare) but you won't find any bushes to duck behind, or a toilet that's open in Teignmouth before 7am, so in a state of some crisis, I...

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SWCP Day 35. Torquay to Teignmouth

Today's distance walked - approx 21 kms (13.8 miles).
Ascent - approx 1100m (3608 ft).

I woke up today at 5.30am after a restless night. My bed was really comfortable, but my room was hot and there was a lot of traffic noise, which I'm not used to, and it took me a really long time to get to sleep.
I ate some biscuits and took another tablet for my knee. At 8.15 I went down to eat a hefty full English breakfast, complete with black pudding, after which I took it easy getting myself...

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SWCP Day 34. Sharkham Point, Brixham to Torquay

Today's distance walked - approx 22.2 kms (13.8 miles).
Ascent - approx 715m (2346ft).

I had a bit of a sleep-in this morning and woke at 6.30am. I had a leisurely breakfast and waited for the sun to come out, to dry my tent. I left at 9am. I promised myself I wouldn't walk fast enough to break into a sweat today, but I have a tendency to make a sport out of everything.. so soon enough I had broken my rule.

Much of the pathway to Berry Head was in a tunnel of trees, which made thing a...

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