I left the hostel at 6.30 as I was anticipating possibly having to walk as far as Bideford to find somewhere to stay. The route to Hartland Point continued with steep river valleys that had to be crossed and I was delighted when I turned east at Hartland Point.
Psychologically I knew that the most difficult sections of the path were now behind me. That was a mistake as the trail was still very steep, just relatively easier.
I reached Clovelly around 2.00 pm on a blisteringly hot day and could not face continuing. Luckily there was a bus to Bideford, where I will stay for two nights. Tomorrow I will get a taxi to Clovelly and then walk back to my hotel.
This evening I have sorted out places to stay for the next 5 nights.
The last 4 days are the hardest on the trail, until Scotland, each with well over 1000m of climbing, and I am glad they are behind me.