LEJOG 2022 Day 8 Holsworthy to Great Torrington19.49 miles. Cumulative 144.78 miles

The wind finally eased yesterday evening so a quieter night in the tent, although still cold. The day remained dry apart from one short shower.

The first section today took us into Holsworthy, 2.5 miles away along a busy A road. We decided to take a long cut along country lanes, on rejoining the A road we jumped into a farmers field in the hope we could rejoin the road later. Luck was on our side and we escaped on the outskirts of town.

Holsworthy is a pretty market town, with some quirky shops and plenty of cafes. As it’s Friday, ‘Trek and Brek’ day in Lanzarote we decided to join in from afar, with a bacon butty, but forgot to get the traditional photo.

…but still valued.

Walking with large backpacks draws attention, while walking away from the usual National Trails. Out in the countryside people like to stop and chat about where we are going. When in ‘town’ it’s more like the aliens have landed.

After Holsworthy we continue along minor roads to Shebbear and a pub lunch at The Devil’s Stone Inn, a pretty Devon pub which serves delicious afternoon teas along side normal pub grub. We opted for pub grub. We don’t do pub lunches often, but there is no pub near the campsite tonight.

An easy two hour stroll this afternoon with views of Dartmoor to our right and Exmoor ahead.

Camping tonight at Smytham Manor Holiday Park, the first time we have encountered luxury pitches with en-suite bathrooms and personal washing up area. We have a ‘normal’ pitch, but in ‘the walled garden’


One thought on “LEJOG 2022 Day 8 Holsworthy to Great Torrington19.49 miles. Cumulative 144.78 miles”

  1. I was just wondering if you would go near Shebbear as that’s where I grew up! Many teenage nights out spent at the Devil’s Stone. Glad you found some nice food there and well done on progress so far.


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