I miss it already….simply put: a life-changing walk!
We started in Lynmouth because we had just finished walking the Coleridge Way and wanted to keep going. We did the walk in three, three day sections and one two day section, with two walks going south to north. We needed two cars….
Our first section: We stayed and ate at the quirky Royal Oak in Withypool ( very accommodating, they put on a vegan menu) and walked Lynmouth to Simonsbath. Simonsbath to Tarr Steps. Knowstone to Tarr Steps ( South/North)
Our second section: We stayed at The New Inn, Coleford ( the owners said they bough an expensive parrot which came with a pub, yes Captain the parrot was most entertaining). We walked Knowstone to Black Dog, Black Dog to Coleford, Chagford to Coleford ( extra 1 1/2 off path to get Coleford and we also walked to South/North)
Our third section: We stayed at The Tradesman’s Arms, Scorriton ( great views from the dinning area) and walked Chagford to Widecombe in the Moor and then Widecombe in the Moor to Scorriton.
Our final section: We stayed at The Rose and Crown at Yealmpton and walked Scorriton to Ivybridge, Ivybridge to Brixton, Brixton to Wembury and had a large piece of cake and a cup of tea in the tea room!
There were so many great views, but best views – First glimpse of wild Exmoor above Lynmouth and The Chains at Simonbath, sitting in Morchard Bishop church graveyard with our first views across to Dartmoor. Above Teign Valley at Castle Drogo. First glimpse of South coast above Bennett’s Cross on Dartmoor towards the sea, on a spectacular day with wall to wall blue skies. The smell and first sighting of the sea as we walked through a wooded vale to Wembury.
Some of the mid Devon way markers were hard to find on the Chagford to Coleford section, but we happened to meet the mid Devon path officer that day and let him know. There was also a broken bridge on the same section. Otherwise the waymarkers were easy to find, particularly the new Devon coast to Coast ones in the South Hams section. The moors sections have no waymarkers so our GPS was helpful particularly over the Dartmoor section down to Ivybridge when a mist came down..