Deferred Gratification – Part 1

A few weeks ago, I was inwardly bemoaning the fact that my calendar for 2020 was looking a bit sparse in terms of backpacking trips, with just the TGO Challenge and one long weekend on Dartmoor, inked in. No trips to the Lakes, no section of South West Coast Path. Nothing that would involve taking time out of work – such was my work pattern that every day counted.

Now, how things have changed.

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Don't Make Me Go South of the River (Jubilee Greenway Part 2)

**I’ve had to re-write this post a couple of times as events have moved faster than my speed of write-up. This walk was undertaken at the very start of March, when the “plague” referred to below had reached the UK, but had not escalated to the stage it’s at now. It would be totally irresponsible to undertake such a walk at the current moment, so don’t. In the unlikely event this post inspires you to do the Jubilee Greenway, by all means plan it, but leave the actual walk for after “this” is all over.**

South West Coast Path 2019

2018’s section of the South West Coast Path never happened, the year being taken up with a combination of art exhibitions and the asthma-y aftermath of the TGO Challenge. So it was 2 years, almost to the day, that Dad and I returned to Bude for the 60 mile (or so) section to Barnstaple.

What didn’t look terribly inspiring on the map, turned out, scenically at least, to be superb. Continue reading “South West Coast Path 2019”