Walk #362: Ilfracombe to Lynton
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
There were some wonderful views available at times on this walk, and in particular those from the Little Hangman, Great Hangman and the Valley of Rocks were truly superb. This made the entire walk extremely enjoyable, and well worth doing. The only downside is that once again the skies were hazy, which meant that I could not see as far as I wanted along the cliffs or across the sea to South Wales. This is a shame, as on my last trip along the cliffs in 2000 I really enjoyed being able to look across to Wales, but on this trip I have been unable to.
As I was approaching Lee Abbey I met a group of about ten people walking up the road towards me. The first man had a walkie-talkie, and as we chatted he was speaking into it and telling the others about what I was doing. I believe that they were a group from Lee Abbey, which is a Christian centre, and some of them gave me some large donations for the charity. This was very kind of them, but unfortunately I could not tell them where the path they wanted was!
I did a little experiment today and left my GPS unit on all day to see how far I walked. On this trip so far I have been measuring the distance that I have walked using a map measurer on a map (I had tried using a pedometer but it was far too innacurate), and the values that I have been getting recently for this correspond well with the distances given in the national Trail Guides. Measuring on a map should actually underestimate the distance walked slightly, so I decided to see what value my GPS would give me. The results are interesting - the distance from Ilfracombe Harbour to Combe Martin is given as 5.3 miles, and the GPS recorded it as being 5.96 miles. Likewise the distance from Combe Martin to Lynton is given as 12.3 miles and the GPS measured 13.9 miles. These differences are interesting, and could be due to the amount of ascending and descending that I did today. For the distances recorded on this website I have used the measured values; I will continue using my GPS for a few days to see if I can make any conclusions.
As we are travelling around the country it is amusing to see the way the television channels change as we move around the country. Just recently we have had southwest TV, Wales TV and other local channels. It is weird the way that we get reception of Welsh TV better than southwestern channels when we are in the southwest - unfortunately neither of us understands Welsh!
I am now coming to the end of the South West Coast Path, and tomorrow's walk will be the last complete day on the trail - I shall probably walk as far as Bossington, which will leave a six-mile walk over Bossington Hill to Minehead tomorrow. It will feel very strange to be off the National Trail and having to plan my own routes once more.
This makes a total distance of 18.0 miles, with 6378 feet of ascent and 6234 feet of descent.
We parked in a car park in Lynton, which was quite handy for all the local facilities. I am unsure about whether we are allowed to park here overnight, but I have not seen a sign prohibiting it, mainly because I have not looked.
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