After a lovely breakfast of kippers & a chat with Neena I set off from Trimstone, the plan being to walk back to Woolacombe then pick up the coastal path to Croyde Bay. There were leaflets with local walks at the hotel so I decided to follow one. It did warn me that the ‘muddy lane’ was best avoided unless it had been dry for a few days. So as the sun had been shinning for the last two days I decided to take it. Uh, ho after a few yards I realised why it had that name! I had decided to wear my sandals so the mud was squelching in nicely. Then when I turned the corner it was a lake. I was wading up to my knees!! It was amazingly gloppy. I made it up to the top and took the path upto the A361 – the traffic was chronically bad as it was change over day and it seemed like everyone was leaving Woolacombe.
I took my life in my hands, faced the oncoming traffic and hoped I could get off the road as quickly as possible. I would just like to say to the A…hole on the A361 driving the breakdown lorry **#@#**. The stinging nettles were preferable to having my head knocked off!
I do n’t know what happened but I could not find the path. I walked on to Georgeham and turned to Putonden beach. Eventually I picked up the coast path and walked round Baggy Point to Croyde Bay. Ate a delicious snack at The Thatch Pub.
Unfortunately it took me two & half hours to get back to Trimstone as there was no direct bus route. I had to go one way then back in the other direction Any way back weary swollen foot but all well. Will try for a swim & sauna before I leave tomorrow.