On Saturday,21st September 2013, 51 West Essex ramblers set off on another adventure, this time to Devon and Somerset. We stayed in The Hotel Imperial, Ilfracombe, but split our walking between the two counties. For a very reasonable fee, our hotel provided plenty of food to keep us going during the week.
Before we even reached the hotel we were dropped off and made to walk a few miles to earn our supper. A lovely walk down to the River Exe was followed by some very nice refreshments in the Bridge Tea Room, Exford.
On Sunday, after a man-
Monday 23rd provided us with the most complicated set of options that can ever have
been devised by a walks leader. I know now why the hotel was located a good distance
from the area of campaign -
Tuesday’s medium walk had to be removed from the programme because our driver could
not access the desired pick up point. Luckily, Hazel came to the rescue and led a
coastal walk from Woolacombe back to Ilfracombe. As Jan and I had walked this a year
or so earlier, we decided to join the short walkers, led by Julie and John, for
a 5.5 mile walk through the Valley of the Rocks. We assumed that this would be another
riverside walk, but with bigger rocks -
The long walkers followed Len for 12 miles over the moor and were in high spirits after a very enjoyable day.
This lovely sunny day was enjoyed by all three walking groups. It was only marred
by Sue having an accident near the end of Hazel’s walk, but she made a quick recovery
and was her normal self by breakfast -
Our final day’s walking was limited because it was an interlude in our homeward journey. It was all based around Lynmouth with choices of either a 3.4 mile short walk or a 4.4 mile long one. We chose the latter which followed the impressive East Lyn River (complete with Dippers) which gently climbed to the NT Visitor Centre at Watersmeet. After a pleasant pause for coffee and cakes there was a steep climb out of the valley then a well earned pub stop in the Blue Ball. Fully refreshed, we pressed onward, over the hill, to start our long descent along the coastal path back to Lynmouth. Yet again the sun had favoured us, an excellent end to a very enjoyable holiday.
Thanks go to all involved in devising, organising and implementing this enjoyable