Wed 7 May - Heddon Valley to Illfracombe
Food has been a major feature today. And a pattern is emerging with breakfast. Easygoing in nature for a start. I can recognise the look of relief when I immediately agree to the suggested meal time. "Half eight Sir?" "Yes please - that's good for me." Rather than barter for an early getaway.
And I've been taking my time consuming fruit juice, tea, cereal, fried egg (two in Lynton), bacon, grilled tomato, toast and other bits. Before heading down Killer Lane this morning, mushrooms and fried bread were on my plate as well.
I made good time to Combe Martin (8 miles?) and felt reinvigorated after delicious Broccoli & Stilton Soup at The Harbour Deli. So in high spirits I decided to make it a longer walking day by continuing to Illfracombe, 7-8 miles distant including the highest point on the SWCP at Great Hangman.
Illfracombe Tourist Information Centre pointed me in the direction Acorn Lodge, a nice b&b with friendly hosts where I have a clean and bright, en suite room with a double bed (and breakfast tomorrow of course) for £35.
Dinner in town this evening was at Take Thyme where I enjoyed Dover Sole with a light sauce of lemon zest and thyme, mint buttered new potatoes and a side salad with French dressing, followed by homemade Rhubarb & Pear Crumble with a local ice cream.
Fuel for the coast path walker.
[Image is Illfracombe Harbour]
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