Stupidly Long Walks

Serious walking by two moderately sane people

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D64 – Land’s End…

Distance Travelled: 19.42km. Total Distance: 1,537.25 km  Weather: Typically overcast and rainy.  Accomodation: none! Final leg, and we set off, sans packs, at just after 7am. Our planned route, more or less directly via roads, we decided to scrap after talking to a few fellow end-to-enders, preferring to take as many paths and rights of…

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D63 – Helston to Penzance

Distance Travelled: 25.56km. Total Distance: 1,517.83 km  Weather: Warm and sunny at times.  Accomodation: Longboat. Second to last day! We left Helston early, heading up a ludicrously steep hill and through back roads to Porthleven, where we saw the sea again, properly, for the first time since the first week of the hike. We carried…

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D62 – Truro to Helston

Distance Travelled: 28.95km. Total Distance: 1,492.27 km  Weather: Wet and drizzley until the mid afternoon.  Accomodation: no 52. A day for waterproofs.  Most of the time it was the annoying wet mist that soaks you by stealth but there were occasional downpours to keep things interesting. Our original planning had us walking along a main…

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D61 – Roche to Truro

Distance Travelled: 28.92km. Total Distance: 1,463.32 km  Weather: Warm and sunny.  Accomodation: Donnington Guesthouse Very similar to yesterday, with us trying to take as many backroads as possible to avoid walking along the A39. Leaving Roche we followed the path of the old A30, which was meant to take us all the way to Indian…

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D60 – Jamaica Inn to Roche

Distance Travelled: 30.2km. Total Distance: 1,434.40 km  Weather: Warm and sunny.  Accomodation: Travelodge. We had breakfast then set off again.  Sadly we started the day back on the A30, but didn’t have to suffer it for long. Andrew has a very strong interest in the Templar Knights, especially their impact on the latter middle ages,…

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D59 – Lifton to Jamaica Inn

Distance Travelled: 27.12kmTotal Distance: 1,404.20 km  Weather: Warm and sunny.  Accomodation: Jamaica Inn.                                 We left Lifton and jumped back onto the Two Castles Trail heading for Launceston.  Just before getting to the town we passed from Devon to Cornwall,…

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D58 – Okehampton to Lifton

Distance Travelled: 28.22kmTotal Distance: 1,377.09 km  Weather: Warm and sunny.  Accomodation: Fox and Grapes Today we started on the Two Castles Trail, which links Okehampton and Launceston.   We’ll be walking along it for the first part of tomorrow also. The trail took us up into the hills, and we walked past several herds of…

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D57 – Crediton to Okehampton

Distance Travelled: 29.31km Total Distance: 1,348.87 km  Weather: Very very wet.  Accomodation: Meadowlee Guesthouse. Today reminded us of the West Highland Way; forest paths following the river as we followed sections of the Tarka Trail. It threatened to pour down all day, so much so that we wore our waterproofs all day.. and our new…

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D55 – Tiverton to Crediton

Distance Travelled: 33.5kmTotal Distance: 1,319.56 km  Weather: Warm and sunny.  Accomodation: Taw Vale B&B We carried along the Exe Valley Way, along the canal and through fields.  Lots of hills today, and really nice forest paths. Just before lunch we visited the Devon Rail Centre, so Andrew could ‘get his nerd on’ according to Dani….

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D54 – Chelston to Tiverton

Distance Travelled: 28.61kmTotal Distance: 1,286.06 km  Weather: Warm and sunny… then biblically torrential rain. Accomodation: Angel Guesthouse Great walking day today.   We left Chelston and walked along a canal path to Tiverton.  Very pretty.  We passed several fly fishers plying their skills on the trout in the canal. Sharing the path with us were…

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D53 – Bridgwater to Chelston

Distance Travelled: 27.84kmTotal Distance: 1,257.45 km  Weather: Warm and sunny.  Accomodation: Wellington Travelodge. Similarly to yesterday we walked along road paths today, although there was much more sunshine. We passed our first thatched cottage and stopped in to a berry farm for an ice cream and bottle of apple juice; you are able to pick…

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D52 – Axbridge to Bridgwater

Distance Travelled: 25.2km Total Distance: 1,229.61 km  Weather: Overcast .  Accomodation: Premier Inn. Shorter day today.  Leaving Axbridge we walked through a field with a warning about a bull without a sense of humour.  Thankfully, he wasn’t in attendance but it was a fun few minutes imagining how fast an enraged bull with a  history…

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D51 – Easton-in-Gordano to Axbridge

Distance Travelled: 31.8km Total Distance: 1,204.41 km  Weather: Drizzly and rainy all day.  Accomodation: Resevoir View Wet wet day.  Thankfully our new boots remained dry internally so we were thankful for that. Most of today was spent on country lanes, a mix of cycle and bridleways, and linking roads.  It drizzled early on then poured…

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D50 – Chepstow to Easton-in-Gordano

Distance Travelled: 25.33km Total Distance: 1,172.61 km  Weather: Sunny but not oppressively so.  Accomodation: Days Inn We left Wales today and after the climb out of Chepstow (80m or so; hardly worth mentioning) we crossed the Severn Bridge (M48 version) and spent the rest of the day a couple of metres above the river level….

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D49 – Monmouth to Chepstow

Distance Travelled: 26.08km Total Distance: 1,147.28 km  Weather: Sunny but not oppressively so.  Accomodation: Castle View b&b Today was a mix of path, field and road walking.   Leaving Monmouth we chose to forego rejoining Offas Dyke straight away, instead choosing to walk along the Wye Valley Walk until it coincided with the Dyke about…

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D47 – Pandy to Monmouth

Distance Travelled: 25.26km Total Distance: 1,121.20 km  Weather: Started of soggy, ended with heavy continuous rain.  Accomodation: Punch House. Rest day tomorrow!  Today was really wet.  We knew it would be but had to crack on regardless.  There used to be 76 stiles between Pandy and Monmouth but they have been replaced with pedestrian gates…

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D46 – Hay-on-wye to Pandy

Distance Travelled: 17.8km Total Distance: 1,095.94km  Weather: Much better.  Overcast with occasional light showers   Accomodation: Lancaster Arms b&b Short day; for the remaining 16 miles to Monmouth there is no accommodation so this was all we could come up with when we planned…in hindsight we could have caught a bus somewhere else for the…

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D45 – Kington to Hay-on-wye

Distance Travelled: 28.9km Total Distance: 1,078.14 km  Weather: Quite warm afternoon.  Accomodation: Seven Stars b&b We left, sadly, our cottage and headed off.  It’s a shorter day today but after the distance and ascent we’ve covered since Chester’s rest day, we’re running down pretty badly.  Nevertheless we set off, walking through the town again to…

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D44 – *#$! to Kington

Distance Travelled: 33.3km Total Distance: 1,049.24 km  Weather: Cloudy and warm.  Accomodation: The old farm office We left the ‘place’ we were and hit the road.   Literally the road, mind you, as the first leg to Knighton was all terrifyingly narrow country lanes, as never-to-be-mentioned had actually required us to divert off the dyke…

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D43 – Buttington to Scu, umm, Clun

Distance Travelled: 31.56km Total Distance: 1,015.94 (woohoo) km  Weather: Much better.  Dry but coolish.  Accomodation: My solicitor suggests we avoid mentioning them. So then.  We knew from the outset that today was going to be mad.  A day of milestones; we clicked over the 1,000km mark, had a day where we cumulatively ascended the rough…

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