John’s Coast Path Climb – Sunday 1st December

It was a very cold frosty morning when 13 walkers left Sharkham car park for a 10 mile walk to Coleton Camp, near Coleton Fishacre and back along the coast.

Everyone was in good spirits and John started off at a fast pace, to get us warmed up. The pace soon settled to a steady walk and coffee was taken after an hour, in a glen surrounded by trees, golden leaves and glorious sunshine.

On and up, to the Woodhuish Farm, above Mansands. It was a Victorian Farm with a cider press, now renovated for visitors to see how things would have worked ‘back in the day’ before mechanisation. An ideal spot for a photograph and refreshments – but sadly the cider making process was ‘view only’.

Road walking to Coleton Fishacre followed and some entertainment from car drivers reversing to allow vehicles coming from the other direction to pass, no-one was giving in. Amused us for while.

We headed for the coast but before that, time for lunch, once again sitting in the sun. The weather on the coast path was very different from inland.  Temperatures dropped by 4/5 degrees. There was a bitterly cold wind, so the leader decided to cut off a loop and head towards the cars instead.

However, before reaching them and enjoying the luxury  of a warming cup of tea at Churston Farm Shop, we had 2 really big hills to climb. Scabbacombe and Mansands.  Hellish.

Finally, we all made it to the top and the views, as always, were well worth it. The sea was rough and wild, with spray being blown inland, very exciting.  We met quite a few other walkers on the path, enjoying the same experience.

We were back at the cars for just after 2.30pm having walking 9 miles, less than advertised but it was a tough walk and everyone was happy to have an early bath.

A lovely walk, on a lovely day, with a lovely group of people!

Hilary B