Devon Double (pt1)
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Part 1 of a 'Devon Double' - Two days to explore this beautiful corner of the South West!
Sign up for one or make a weekend of it and do both:
- Part 1: Saturday
- Part 2: Sunday
If you're doing both events, you might like to stay at a nearby a campsite, hostel or B&B. Options include:
On Saturday Depending on numbers and participants, we'll plan for 2 groups lead by either myself or Simon - a longer walk of around 17 miles and a shorter walk of 11 miles.
Both groups will meet at Mortehoe and then head east inland, towards Ilfracombe and the western edge of the Exmoor National Park before returning back to Mortehoe along the stunning South West Coastal Path.
And to relax afterwards, there's plenty of beaches within very easy walking distance to watch the sun set if you're staying Camping in the area!
What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Food & drink
Bring plenty of food, snacks and drink and a packed lunch. It'll be a long day and although the route does pass through towns and villages, but it is not planned to stop for a 'pub lunch'.