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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SWCP Day 33. Slapton Ley nature reserve to Sharkham Point, Brixham

Today's distance walked - approx 29kms (18 miles).
Ascent - approx 1255m (4117ft).

I'm clean!! At time of writing I'm in a campsite sitting in my bikini top and rain pants having had a wonderful, free, hot shower. I'm waiting for all my other clothes to wash. It feels great after the creepy crawly past few days :-)
In my rather public beachside wild camp spot I woke in the night to see flashing lights, which puzzled me. I poked my head out of the tent and it was the Start Point lighthouse,...

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SWCP Day 32. Soar Mill Cove to Slapton Ley nature reserve

Today's distance walked - approx 27.5 kms (17 miles).
Ascent - approx 1045m (3428 ft).

I woke at 5.30am, wiped the dew from the my tent and got under way as soon as I could. As I left, I killed around 10 baby ticks which I found on my hands and legs again. As I walked out of Soar Mill Cove I began to feel itchy all over - mostly because of paranoia I thought, but when I scratched my neck, face and back, sure enough I had more little ticks under my finger nails. I was quite concerned, but...

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