There is a little bit of Canada in Devon. Why there is a tiny part of Ontario soil in the centre of the Blackdown Hills in the south-west of England.
Returning to Britain wasn’t likely to throw up anything new, nevertheless it has been an education over the last couple of years getting to know the best things to eat and drink in Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall.
In the distance, Dunster Castle and the wilder curves of Exmoor added a pretty-as-a-painting backdrop while weeks of rain turned the fields bordering the path into mini lakes, a haven for wildlife, sparkling in the sunshine.
The Royal Oak in Hillcommon serves excellent food and is participating in this year’s Exmoor Food Fest throughout February.
Although Haddon Hill is one of high points of Exmoor National Park, getting to the trig point at its summit (355m) requires not a lot of effort…
In numerous diverse destinations, blisters haven’t been an issue. Walking socks play a major part in this. They cushion impact on key areas of the foot, help reduce moisture, and provide support.
The problem with Llangollen was that over the preceding days we had become accustomed to the tranquillity of quiet pastoral lands and untamed mountains as we followed Offa’s Dyke north from Chepstow.
I’m concentrating on hiking in Britain where I’ve decided there are fundamentally two different types of hikers. Identifying which is which can be achieved by asking just one question.
Three days into the route, I concluded we had made an error of judgement in our fitness levels, and I was seriously considering giving up.
One case of blocked path on someone’s land might be an oversight. Two or more cases feels like a deliberate attempt to deter walkers.