Today was another long day as I combined two sections of the path. The cliff scenery was magnificent, but you earned the right to enjoy it due to the nature of the trail. In the past two days I have not seen anyone else on the path.
Rather than give a description of the route, I am going to let the pictures give an impression of the day and just make a couple of comments.
The trail is new as a through route, but it is obvious that hardly anyone walks it. Most of today was spent outside or inside the cliff boundary fence. Outside, you are very near sheer drops at times and you definitely don’t want to slip or trip. Inside, cattle have reduced many of the fields to a rutted uneven horror which is unpleasant to walk on. Many of the stiles, where they exist, are topped with barbed wire, and the Trail signage is at best sketchy. It will definitely improve over the years as more people walk it, but the walking conditions are much tougher than the South-west Coastal Footpath, which is probably a good comparison.
Right, now for an angry old man rant. Many of the geos (zawns) I passed today were unofficial rubbish dumps. These places are very beautiful and isolated, so it’s not being done by fly-tippers. I am afraid that the culprits are the local farmers who seem happy to dump any old thing down the cliffs. It is not a great advert for the country, and I will only say that it doesn’t seem to happen in Devon, Cornwall or Wales. Rant over.
Today was the last of the long days, and I am looking forward to more fantastic scenery and views in the next parts of the journey.