Friday, 20 May 2011

Exmoor

The weekend after next is the start of half term. I'm planning to drive down to Exmoor to spend the week walking. Usually when I go to the south west I feel as though I have to go as far as possible and always end up down near Land's End. But this time I thought I'd stop and see some of the places I usually speed past.


I've found a cheap but nice sounding campsite near Porlock. So I'll use that as a base and walk some of the South West Coast Path. I've walked some of the Cornish bits before, but this time I'll start from the beginning and walk from Minehead. I'm hoping to spend about four days walking on the coastal path. As the walks are linear I'll be partly reliant on public transport and this limits me quite a lot. I'd like to leave my car at the end of the walk and get the bus back to the beginning so I'm not clock watching towards the end of the day. But, because of bus times, this would mean that on some walks I'd only be able to start walking in the afternoon. So I think four days will be enough of juggling bus timetables and on the other days I'll do circular walks on Exmoor itself. 


I'll have to remember to write up my walks each night for my log, as this week will ensure I get one of my three areas of the country covered for my walking group leader's qualification. It'll also be a good test for my dodgy knees to see how they hold up to a week's walking. I'd like to walk a long distance path in the summer so I need to know how physically possible that's likely to be. 


I've researched and printed out my walks for the week, so all I need to do now is book the campsite and pack.  

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