10th April 2018
Weather: Rain until 11:00, cloudy. Some sunny spells from 14:00
Bideford Quay clearly on a low tide
The Coastal Path follows the tarmaced Tarka Trail for most of the way between these towns, the view being of estuary, salt marsh, and where ships come to die
although there is clearly someone living on this rust bucket (see bike and fuel, or possibly water, platform):
A couple of diversions from Tarka took me onto sand dunes just past Instow (looking at Appledore across the estuary)
beach with pretty sand-drainage patterns
& a wet path alongside salt marshes.
After a banana sandwich, and a Penguin sandwich at this spot from 11:45, it was back on Tarka
still stopped at Fremington Quay cafe (I heartily recommend) from 13:15 until 14:00 at least for what turned out to be a huge baguette.
Sheep grazing on the salt marsh before Barnstaple
Please remind me why I am carrying a tent & sleeping bag.
Flat, hard surface and no mud meant faster walking but harder on feet. An earlier finish means a longer rest.