Walked from: Welcombe Mouth, Devon
Walked to: Hartland Quay, Devon
Date: 20 February 2016
Distance: 5.5 miles
Weather: 40mph winds…
Home for the night: Hartland Quay Hotel
I’ve been walking the South West Coast Path for eight years now, and in some filthy weather, including pouring down rain and horizontal hail (as well as glorious sunshine). But despite the fact that in February two years ago I had to jack in a planned week of walking on the Path after three days because of the high winds, I. Didn’t. Check. The. Weather. Forecast.
It was windy. In a ‘no-one else was stupid enough to be out there’ kind of a way. Checked the weather (retrospectively) when I got to my hotel, and it was 40mph winds with 50mph gusts – which would explain the getting blown over / clinging to a fence post for dear life/ crawling thing I was doing on one particularly scary stretch. Reader, it was a tough 5.5 miles (I know, it was short – that’s what happens when you start your day with a four hour train journey and a 40 minute taxi ride). Beautiful – but in a mad, bad, dangerous to know way. Life affirming, in that I am super clear I want to keep mine.
The good news is that the wind is going to have dropped by Monday, so it’s just one more day of potentially renegotiating my route away from the cliff path because of high winds. And then hopefully I can crack on with walking my last 110 miles of the South West Coast Path 🙂
Photos: Welcombe Mouth / Fence suspend in mid air near Elmscott (The footpath did the whole falling into the sea thing) / Best sign post EVER – hurrah for the valley route, even if it was mudagedon) / view from Hartland Quay