SWCP Day 21 – The Red Cliffs of Devon
Today’s section of the path took me from Babbacombe in Torquay to Sidmouth. This is red sandstone country all the way. This is a very soft rock which gets easily carved into weird and wonderful shapes. It also means it’s very unreliable and crumbles easily. Following recent rains there have been a lot of slips and diversions along the way and a complete section of tomorrow’s walk has been closed. Hardly surprising then that I came across views like these today:
Many of these slips are worryingly close to the edge of the path and a lot of it looks very weak.
After a good work out on the first section of the walk it became a lot easier, especially the several miles which ran along the seawall next to the railway between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren; very easy walking.
I was joined by more supporters today including Brenda Birmingham from Food and Drink Devon and Emma Grainger from Taste of the West. Now my brother, Greg, has rejoined the walk and should be with me until the end.
This evening we are enjoying more wonderful hospitality. This time it’s courtesy of Lizzie and Richard Parkinson who are parents of friends in Kingswear. A warm welcome, hot baths, great food and comfy beds have made a huge difference to morale along the path. Had I not still had 7 or 8 miles to walk I would definitely have picked up a little gift of some fish from these guys on Budleigh Salterton Beach. They had some wonderful looking seabass and what a perfect way to buy your fish, straight from the fishermen.
Todays walk took me to 528 miles.
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