Trail Food and Cooking – South West Coast Path


I've had a few questions about what I eat on the trail, and food is of course a favourite topic of conversation amongst all long distance hikers!
Below is my routine for the South West Coast Path. It's different to Te Araroa Trail New Zealand, as resupply is so much easier. Even so, I carry at least 3 days worth of food with me, as the smaller villages and hamlets only have tiny grocery stores, or nothing at all. On the other hand, I'm trying to keep the pack weight down as much as I can....

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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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SWCP Day 27. Polperro to Trethill Cliffs, beyond Portwrinkle

Today's distance walked - approx 20.4 kms (12.1 miles).
Ascent - approx 835m (2739 ft).

I had an amazing sleep on my feather pillow in my wonderful bed! I woke at 8.15am (!) and made a delicious plunger coffee with freshly ground coffee, and ate two home made cookies, which was all available in my room.

The House on the Props, Polperro

I got myself together and went down for breakfast. I had some little pastries and a poached egg on toast, with homemade walnut bread. I left Polperro at...

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