Thursday 15 August Eggesford to North Molton

Miles walked today 17 cumulative 239.9

Number of silly number plates 1

Today was my last day walking through central. Devon. I delayed setting off until the drizzle had stopped and I was rewarded with sunshine. The day involved many ups and downs but I was surprised that Walkmeter recorded the day’s ascent at 1800 feet.

The first task was a walk through woodland to the Saxon village of Chulmleigh

At the bottom of most of the hills were picturesque rivers or streams

Chulmleigh village was very pretty. I didn’t realise that many of its buildings are listed and the church has some interesting features. I admired the cottages in ignorance

The route continued though several more small, pretty villages until I came to the town of South Molton. These chaps seemed a bit lost

Ostrich farming was popular in the 80s when it was marketed as low fat meat. I haven’t seen it in the shops for years but these guys seem quite happy.

It a difficult to write much about the walk as the text would be repetitive and bore the reader. This is not to say the walk is boring, far from it. I really enjoyed my 3 days crossing central Devon. There is a sense of progress as Dartmoor recedes into the distance and Exmoor approaches. The rolling countryside is beautiful and if I had not been doing lejog I suspect I would walk the moors and ignore the area between. By using Mindfulness techniques that I was taught I really appreciated the different colours and smells of the landscape and the feel of the breeze or wind.

I finished the day by walking through the Mole valley to North Molton which, no surprise, was at the top of the hill. While I have really enjoyed the last few days, I am looking forward to Exmoor and the Quantock hills.