Day 16 Bideford to Barnstaple

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.

Author: Walklizard

May your feet stay dry as you walk through the bog. May your face be unblemished as you walk in the sunshine.

One thought on “Day 16 Bideford to Barnstaple”

  1. No Mud today and looks like a Nice Devon Cream Tea at the end. You are doing well Son, we are enjoying your Walk sitting down while you do all the hard work. Look after those Boots.


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