A night of chatting and laughter, a delicious home cooked meal and a cosy nights sleep. We started the day with a cooked breakfast to set us up for our stroll to Barnstaple. Thanks to Tony and Caroline.
A bright start to the day and starting to warm up, no woolly hats this morning.
Our walk to Barnstaple was along the Tarka Trail, much busier today. The cafe at Fremington was particularly busy so no choice but to carry on to Wetherspoons.
On the way we saw Appledore shipyard, across the river. It was under threat of permanent closure in 2018, when more than 500 North Devon residents rallied to save it. It is now owned by Harland and Wolff, builders of The Titanic.
Disaster, no hot chocolate at Wetherspoons today and Lynn has to wait there with the rucksacks while Steve goes in search of some new boots. Although his current boots were tried and tested before the walk, for some reason they are pinching his little toes. His feet are spreading with age, unlike his hair. Luckily he finds a suitable pair in Millets, where the staff were very helpful and gave a generous discount.
From Barnstaple a two mile climb to Brightlycott Farm campsite, where we are greeted by Charles. Although the site is not fully open yet this year, he will always accommodate walkers and cyclists. The sun has disappeared and it is a bit breezy at the hilltop site.