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 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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SWCP Day 31. Hilsea Point, Gunrow ‘s Down to Soar Mill Cove

Today's distance walked - approx 32 kms (20 miles).
Ascent - approx 1020m ( ft).

I woke up at 5.10am this morning, with the feeling that it was a little darker than usual. Even though it was light, the moon was still up and a couple of stars were out. After I'd eaten my breakfast and packed up to leave (which usually takes about an hour) I checked the time again, and it was 5.04am! Grrrrrr... the clock on my phone has done this a couple of times before - and randomly skips ahead an hour,...

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SWCP Day 30. Plymouth to Hilsea Point, Gunrow ‘s Down

Today's distance walked - approx 17 kms (10.5 miles).
Ascent - approx 400m (1312 ft).

I had a fabulous time off trail on days 28 and 29, highlights of which included the St Breward village summer carnival, visiting Bodmin Moor, and seeing practically all of Cornwall from its highest point. The weekend's wildlife treats were seeing a large adder snake on the moors, and watching 3 badgers at close range at night, rooting around and playing, which was really special.
Today I was back on trail,...

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SWCP Day 28. Trethill Cliffs, beyond Portwrinkle to Plymouth, to St Breward (off trail)

Today's distance walked - approx 21.2 kms (13.2 miles).
Ascent - approx 661m (2169 ft).

It was a very windy night on my little clifftop position. The tent was flapping wildly and I had to stretagically place my kit to stop the inner fly flapping into my head every 3 seconds. I woke up a lot, but felt refreshed enough when I got up at 5.40am. I was surprised to find that the tent was wet on the inner and outer fly - it must have been chilly last night. I poked my head out and there was a...

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