A much more relaxed day. The route along the Tarka Trail follows the old railway track and is very flat. Consequently I was able to enjoy a late breakfast and leave at 8.30.
My route took me past Appledore and Fremington, and a little after 12.30 I arrived in Barnstaple.
This left plenty of time for going shopping for vital supplies and a lunchtime beer in one of the many pubs. Naturally the Premier Inn was some way from the centre and up the hill. The local Tesco is opposite so getting supplies was easy.
I have quite a big day tomorrow and plan to leave at 6.00 to ensure that I make it to the pub in Challacombe for 4.00pm and my lift to Warren Farm. I have a taxi booked for 6.00 to take me down to Barnstaple. My rules are that I will walk the total distance. If I need to take a bus, lift, or taxi to accommodation or shops I return to the exact spot where I left the route.
I have sent the guidebook for the Coastal Path and all the maps home as they are no longer needed and every gram of weight is worth saving. The scenery along the coast is spectacular but would have been much more enjoyable with just a day sack with a few essentials.