Sunday June 23 Day 11 Trevone to Bodmin

Miles walked: today 16.9 cumulative 151.5

Well my luck with the wweather ran out today. While most of the country had unseasonal rain Cornwall was bathed in sunshine until now. I walked along field paths and roads to Padstow in the drizzle. Cherry Trees coffee house fed me a tasty breakfast and it stopped raining.

Padstow at 9 am on a Sunday morning was very nice, most of the tourists are still abed.

Padstow is a working harbour at the mouth of the Camel estuary, although I seem to have ytaken pictures of posh yachts and not fishing boats.

It used to be connected to the rail network at Bodmin and the old line is now a cycling and walking route, the Camel trail. Most of the trail is tarmac, although there is a short stony section towards Bodmin. A good day out for families with bikes for hire and tea opportunities at the three main towns along the route.

Good views back to the estuary and across to the village of Rock, where there appeared to be a regatta.

I stopped at Wadebridge for coffee and it really started to rain. Fortunately the next section of the old railway is lined by trees but I had planned a leisurely walk with the hope of sitting quietly and seeing otters. Instead it was head down and keep walking. There is a steam railway just before Bodmin

No, I didn’t cheat! I had hoped to whet my appetite for the next stage of the walk with a view of Bodmin Moor but it was shrouded in mist. I can’t really grumble as I have kept fairly dry for the last 2 weeks despite the wet weather afflicting most of the country.

So, what have I learnt? I should be able to complete lejog in stages. I think I can reduce my pack weight by at least 5 pounds. 18 miles per day is about my limit. You should walk boots in well before starting a multi day walk, I did get a few blisters.

Oh yes. I mentioned some sources in yesterday’s blog. I used other people’s’ blogs and books in planning. I will start a bibliography when I get home.

Thank you for staying with me so far. I have given myself a month to recover but please rejoin me in August for the second leg: Bodmin to Worcester.