As today was going to be another fairly short day I treated myself to a cooked breakfast at the hostel and did not leave until 8.00.
The day got off to a bad start, as a suggested shortcut led across dunes with lots of brambles, prickly rose-like plants and thorny bushes. My legs got badly scratched before I binned that route and took an alternative. The rest of the day passed pleasantly crossing farmland with good paths to Padstow and then taking the Camel Trail along the estuary to Wadebridge.
The Travelodge is on the top of a hill on the outskirts but once there has all the amenities one could wish for; a large Tesco’s, a Lidl and a Bargain Store all within 200m, not to mention the pub next door which provided a fine steak. I hope however that England can win the football as this evening will cost about the same as the previous five.
Having looked at the weather forecast and tried unsuccessfully to book accommodation after tomorrow night, I have decided not to worry and if I cannot get into a campsite I will just stop on the cliffs. I am also planning to bin the rest days and keep going, to take full advantage of the fine weather. The next few days are some of the hardest before Scotland, and having the flexibility to go slower in the heat will be an advantage. Tomorrow is a big day to reach Boscastle, where I am staying in the Youth Hostel, so I plan to leave at 6.00 to take full advantage of the cooler mornings.