Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Devon Coast to Coast in Aid of Epilepsy Action

The Devon Coast to Coast is a long-distance walking route between Wembury, near Plymouth and Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor. It has a total length of 117 miles, making it an ideal week’s walk.
 
The Way links the only two National Parks in southern England, and crosses both of them north-south. Not surprisingly, it passes through landscape of exceptionally high quality. Not only does this include the high moorland of some of the Dartmoor and Exmoor sections, but also the deep and wooded valleys of the moorland edges and between the moors, unspoilt rural scenery with a remote and tranquil feel difficult to find elsewhere in modern times.
 
On Saturday 16th August 2008, I began my attempt to walk the 117 miles of the Devon Coast to Coast Trail, in aid of Epilepsy Action.

I left a very wet Wembury, on the Devon South Coast, following along the Erme-Plym Trail to Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor. The rain didn't stop all day, and it made for a very unpleasant experience. Next day, I picked up the Two Moors Way, crossing Dartmoor to Scorriton. The rain held off, but the march from the previous day had taken its toll on my feet. Next day, I set out again, and the heavens opened, and within a couple of miles, I abandoned the attempt at Newbridge. I looked into carrying on by shortening the mileage for each day, but accommodation couldn't be altered. Also, I no longer had a support vehicle for the rest of the week and my feet needed some recuperation.