Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Next Two Weeks

It's still seven weeks away, but I've now made all the B&B bookings, so I've pretty well committed myself to following the plan as originally laid out. People are warning me about the difficult stretches ...
Richard and Niki Dale are joining me for the first three days of the first week, from Mawgan Porth to Boscastle. I'd still welcome anyone who would like to join me on May 2 (Boscastle to Bude), May 3 (Bude to Hartland Quay), and May 4 (Hartland Quay to Bideford). Then it'll be a couple of days R&R with the Rowsons in Bideford (not too much walking, please!) before setting off for the second spell, which will actually be eight days.
On 4 May Susan will be joining me for the weekend and then on Monday for the flat bit along teh river from Bideford to Barnstaple. She is then travelling back to London on May 8. I'm currently on my own that day on the hilly cross-country bit to Combe Martin, where I'll be joined by Chris Hill, who will be sharing the hard miles between Combe Martin and Lynton, and Lynton and Porlock on May 8th and 9th.
I'd welcome anyone who wants to join me for Porlock to Watchet on 10 May (moderate), Watchet to Combwich on the 11th (largely flat) , and Combwich to Mark (maximum elevation unlikely to be more than 5 feet) on May 12. Ben Lankester is hoping to join me for the last day, which covers the most northerly part of the Somerset levels and a few miles on the Mendips, finishing at Blagdon.
Do let me know if you'd like to join me, particularly on one of the days where nobody else has committed themselves yet.
I'm updating the plan every time there's a change.