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#407022 - 04/12/15 03:09 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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I did the Pennine Way again this year as it is certainly one that I knew that I would enjoy, in many ways I enjoyed it more the 2nd time.

I was thinking about walking the SWCP again next year but I have almost decided to fill in bits of LEJOG that I haven't done. I'll do the link between SWCP and Offa's Dyke and the bit between Offa's Dyke and the Pennine Way. I might, towards the end of next year, do the bits between the PW and WHW and the last bit from the end of the Great Glen Way to JOG.

I'm keeping relatively fit thank goodness. I am sure that walking helps albeit I don't do much between my long distance walks apart from swimming. The advantage for me is that even if I am not very fit at the start with a walk lasting 2/3 weeks I walk myself into "walking" fitness after 2 or 3 days. I don't rush, if it is a high mileage day then I just start earlier and plod along at about two and a half miles an hour.

Good luck with your walk, I am sure that you will enjoy it. A fresh view around every headland and if like me you spent some time there in your early years it is a delight to go back. However one of the camp sites that I used to stay at with my parents in my very early years that were basically us and a few cows now has thousands of static caravans - I thought I might stay there the night - I just kept walking!
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#407023 - 06/12/15 10:22 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: Harland]
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The interesting thing for me, coming from "up north" is that I only know bits of the SW; and then from family holidays when the kids were young thirty years ago. So I have only fleeting memories of places like Bude and Padstow. Whilst I am familiar with the views I have not actually walked through the land before so it is a first; which is good as an old boy.
There will be some firsts on your 2016 plans; some interesting infills in unfamiliar walking territory; and quite a long way to walk. Are you going to risk the Flow country or stroll up the road to JOG? If you do decide to do the SWCP, we may meet up for a day or so.
I will chat before I go anyway; months away yet.
But a quick question for now: Put yourself back in your early 60s body. Where would you change your itinery if you had to, to trim about three days of your walk to Penzance?

John

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#407024 - 07/12/15 09:46 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Minehead Lynmouth 21.8 5,354 10.2
Lynmouth Combe Martin 13.3 4,429 7.8
Combe Martin Woolacombe 12.5 4,254 6.5
Woolacombe Barnstaple 20.7 971 8.0
Barnstaple Westward Ho! 19.1 531 7.5
Westward Ho! Clovelly 11.2 2,589 7.3
Clovelly Elmscott 13.5 2,323 6.7
Elmscott Bude (Upton) 12.2 4,272 8.0
Bude (Upton) Boscastle 17.0 141.3 5,105 Boscastle Youth Hostel 0870 7705710 8.3
Boscastle Port Gaverne 13.8 155.1 4,344 The Anchorage B&B 01208 880629 7.7
Port Gaverne Trevone 17.4 172.5 4,124 Well Parc Hotel 01841 520318 8.2
Trevone Newquay 19.0 191.5 2,959 Beresford Hotel 01637 873238 7.7
Newquay Perranporth 10.8 202.3 1,582 The Perranporth Hotel 01872 573234 5.7
Perranporth Portreath 12.2 214.5 2,454 Fountain Springs B&B 01209 842650 5.8
Portreath St. Ives 18.0 232.5 2,034 6, Barnoon Terrace B&B 01736 793172 7.5
St. Ives Pendeen 13.9 246.4 3,186 Pendeen Manor Farm B&B 01736 788753 7.5
Pendeen Porthcurno 15.6 262.0 3,776 Sea View House B&B 01736 810638 8.0
Porthcurno Marazion 14.9 276.9 1,817 Blue Horizon B&B 01736 711199 7.5
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#407025 - 07/12/15 10:11 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Sorry I sent it before I finished editing it!

To explain - From and to fairly obvious i.e. Minehead to Lynmouth, next is the daily mileage i.e. 21.8 then the ascent in feet i.e. 5,354 then the number of hours it took me i.e 10.2.

A bit later on where I haven't edited it (sorry) the figure between daily mileage and ascent is the cumulative mileage then obviously where I stayed and their phone number.

From this you can see the easiest days in hours are the ones from Newquay, Perranporth, Combe Martin and Clovelly. However keep in mind that the times are from start to finish including stops to chat, photos, waiting for ferry crossings, eat etc. and I wasn't pushing myself too much especially if I had a rough idea as to where I wanted to stop. I am sure that by walking a bit more each day to the next village, I guess that you will weigh less than me i.e. 16 stone, you should be able to trim the number of days down. On average you need to walk about another 3 miles a day however I found the first day from Minehead to Lynmouth quite "A challenge" so the first day may not be the one to try going a bit further!

A final point I would take a walking pole especially if the path is muddy. Whilst it was OK on my walk having walked parts of it again after heavy rain going down some of the cliff paths wasn't easy for me.
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#407058 - 10/02/16 10:55 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: Harland]
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Evening Harland,
Hope you are well. Have thought about what you have said (and what I have read)and am ready to go leaving Minehead on 1st May and planning to arrive at Penzance 15 days later (around 19 miles per day allowing for a bit of accommodation finding each day). I am still pondering the tent carrying and have booked in at five YHAs as these seem to fit well with the itinery and/or in in areas where other beds may be in short supply (you can also cancel at less cost than B&Bs etc). These are: Elmscott, Boscastle, Treyarnon, Lands End (St Just) and Penzance itself. Will book in at Minehead the night before.
The outline idea is as follows:
1) to Lynmouth
2) to Ilfracombe ( noting your point about the easier start from Combe Martin)
3) to Saunton/ Braunton
4) to Bideford/Appledore
5) to Clovelly
6) to Elmscott YHA
7) to Bude
8) to Boscastle YHA
9) to Port Isaac/Gaverne
10)to Treyarnon YHA
11)to somewhere 5/6 miles past Newquay ( mindful of the easier start from there and my long next day to..)
12)to Portreath
13)to St Ives
14)to Lands End YHA ( some 5 miles earlier at St Just)
15) to Penzance
I am uncertain about phasing from Saunton to Bude; particularly around Clovelly (it is too far to Bude by the look of it but to Elscott looks a shortish day; as does the next one to Bude). Do you recall any beds in the Bucks Mill area?
By so doing I am becoming a section walker ( I think that is what they call it) but I cannot be away any longer and plan to do the remainder in September. In my defence it is a Pennine Way length section with rather more climbing by the feel of it and as such a reasonable challenge for my current 107 kg frame!

John

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#407062 - 18/02/16 09:10 PM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Sorry for delay, been sunning myself on holiday! The day you have from Clovelly to Elmscott was, even for me, one that I finished early – I remember sitting outside the Youth Hostel waiting for it to open. As well as Elmscott to Bude (I walked a bit further to Upton that day as again I got to Bude feeling good and with time to spare. So I think that you could make some savings here. In honesty, as you are taking a tent, I would “go with the flow” and just see how you feel - start early and about lunchtime start thinking about where you may want to stop. Sorry but I can’t recall any accommodation around Bucks Mills, my search via Google doesn’t help too much either but a bit of wild camping may be the best answer. Taking the tent really does give you the flexibility to stop wherever you want - I didn't take any of the extras, just the tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat on the basis I could eat somewhere from my bag in the evening and something more substantial in the morning. In the event I did find accommodation every night so I needn't have carried the tent etc. but it did give me the comfort that I would have a roof over my head!
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#407063 - 19/02/16 08:23 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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The following further searches the following website should help you find accommodation on the SWCP:-

http://www.luggagetransfers.co.uk/south-west/accommodation.html?section=1&leg=&location=Bucks+Cross&types%5B%5D=&facilities%5B%5D=
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#407064 - 19/02/16 08:25 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: Harland]
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#407065 - 20/02/16 12:54 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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Yes, that middle section is quite awkward to envisage/plan for whereas the rest seems to fall more readily into long or short day sections. I have been trying to work out how to split it up to no good effect. A walk from Clovelly to Bude looks a bit on the long side... conversely a couple of short days in the middle of my trek may do no harm.
I am still wrestling with the tent issue because of the weight (with bag and mat around 2.75 kg). Survival bag and sleeping bag is an option I suppose...
The more I think about it though; planning is self defeating as there is enough accommodation on most sections and in early May I should not get stuck with the single night problem at most B&Bs especially if I arrive quite late.
Notwithstanding all this I have the usual pleasant sense of anticipation now. Not even worried about being a little unfit at the outset.
I trained moderately for the PW last year and found most of it reasonably ok in the event. Still have ten weeks to go to..
john

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#407066 - 20/02/16 07:49 AM Re: South West Coast Path 2014 [Re: john57r]
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An issue to keep in mind re availability of accommodation is the Early May Bank Holiday on 2 May and the Spring Bank Holiday on 30 May.
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