166.8 miles walked 463.2 miles to go
Weather wise todays walk started in much better conditions with spells of sunshine and very low wind but then later it deteriorated to heavy showers. I met my first real walkers today, a couple with their dog walking from Lands End to John O’Groats :-) So still no South West Coastpathers.
Still very much a roller coaster in terms of ascent & descent with some very steep ones.
The highlight was stopping at a cafe in Port Isaac to be told it was the ephemera centre for Doc Martin goodies, the owner was pretty astounded that I didn’t know who he was! Even though people travel from the USA etc to visit the place. He even told me where the home/surgery was, right on the coast path. Wikipedia says this Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role.]The show is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac,Cornwall, United Kingdom, with most interior scenes shot in a converted local barn.
Once again the evil creators of the route had me walking in a tight loop around Pentire point adding a few extra miles which after a day of climbing endless steep steps was the reason I arrived at Rock Ferry point to see the ferry just moving out I twittered that I had missed the last ferry @davidanthony5 instantly replied about getting a bus from up the road to Wadebridge and then onto Padstow, which I did. So a 5 minute ferry crossing turned into a 2 hour epic So check ferry times !
Tonight I’m staying with Sally’s uncle in St Merryn who will give me a lift into Padstow tomorrow to resume the walk.