Sat 10 May - Woolacombe to Braunton
I'm carrying the AZ Adventure SWCP 1:25,000 OS Map which is a strip/booklet map. Book 1 covers Somerset and North Devon in a very handy size because it fits nicely in the smaller Ortlieb weatherproof holder. It's easier to turn pages on a wet and windy day (as it was at times today) than it is to refold a sheet map, and it's lighter too.
A map is a must of course but it also creates greater interest of the surrounding area. However, signage on the SWCP is excellent.
Here in North Devon some finger posts even have a small engraved plate displaying the grid reference of that location.
The nature of the path varies according to the geology. Noticeable differences today are the sandy beaches, sand dunes and broad grassy hill tops - not many of those though. Over the 15 miles of this section there is only 1225 feet of ascent. (Did I just say "only"?)
I probably walked nearer 12 miles having taken a short cut, avoiding a southern loop down to the estuary of the Rivers Taw and Torridge. Another good reason to carry a map.
[Image: Looking back towards Woolacombe Sands - through the rain]
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