The extreme weather conditions have forced me to take some extreme action. I had a late start as I needed to shop but I also boxed up my tent and some other gear and sent it home. Altogether it came to 4.4kg about a third of the weight of the rucksack. The weight problem is exacerbated by having to carry 3 litres of water ie 3 kilos. In the heat the weight was just too much. As I get fitter hopefully things will ease.
I left Bude around 10.30 and there was a noticeable difference. The path takes you over 8 big ascents and descents. I stopped at Duckpool and Morwenstow for food and to replenish my water.
At Morwenstow a poorly signed diversion meant that I wasted 30 minutes walking down the valley, only to find the path was closed and I had to retrace my steps.
Carrying on I decided that I had to divert to the Youth Hostel at Elmscott as I was running out of water. I had tried to book but the hostel was full. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find it was actually almost empty and I had a room to myself. They also had a small shop so I could buy dinner.