Walk #86: Elmscott to Horns Cross
Map of the walk
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This was a very unspectacular day of road walking with nothing of any great note to report. I had a very nice ham and cheese omelette in a pub in the wonderfully named Woolfardisworthy along with a pint.
The B&B here in Horns Cross is quite nice, with a nice friendly couple running it. There is an inn down the road where I obtained drinks and a meal, so I could feed myself up after the self-catering at the YHA yesterday.
Progress on this trip is now quite fast - with any luck I shall be in Barnstaple tomorrow night, and three days after that I shall be in Mynton. If everything remains well I should easily have enough time left in the holiday to get as far as Taunton, or perhaps even Glastonbury. Being able to get to either of those would make my job easier later in the year.
I also hope that the weather improves for the rest of the walk - although the last few days have not been too bad, they have been far from ideal. It would be so nice to have a day with no rain.
Head north along the road from Elmscott. Descend a hill past Milford and ascend the other side. Turn right at Kernstone Cross (the top of the ascent), and at the next junction take the right-hand fork. Take the next right-hand fork and continue along this road towards Philham. At Philham turn north and follow a road that eventually joins up with the B3248 just outside the village of Hartland. Continue along the B3248 into Hartland.
In Hartland turn right and follow the B3248 eastwards out of the village. After about three miles you meet the A39(T) just outside Higher Clovelly. Carefully walk along the A39(T) past the roundabout and take the first road to the right. Follow this road southeastwards into the village of Woolfardisworthy.
Take a road that heads eastwards out of Woolfardisworthy past the church. At the hamlet of Cranford this road turns northwards, and shortly afterwards you turn right down a road signposted for Parkham. Follow this road for about three miles until it reaches a T-junction. Turn left at this junction and head into Parkham.
Head northeastwards out of Parkham passing the church on the way. At the bottom of the hill continue along this road (do not turn right and join the larger road), and head uphill into Goldworthy. Turn left in Goldworthy and head on into Horns Cross.
This makes a total distance of 15.5 miles, with 1480 feet of ascent and 1394 feet of descent.
I spent the night at Maecroft, Acre Road, Horns Cross, Peppercombe, EX39 5DH, telehpone 01237 451786. The cost was £18.00 per night.
For more details of suitable accommodation in this area, please see the South West Coast Path Association's Annual handbook.
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