Friday, March 30, 2012

Bude, coast and canal

Wednesday we went on a walk I'd planned. I'd wanted to make the most of walking on the coastal path whilst we were in Devon, but it's often difficult to find a circular walk, but found one starting from Bude. Bude is a lovely little seaside and fishing town with a canal that enters the sea though a sea lock. After a coffee at a canal-side coffee shop, ( we like a coffee before setting off on a walk), we walked along the canal to the sea. I don't think I've seen a sea lock before.

Then a climb up onto the cliff top where we had some lovely views of Bude and the coast. It was about a 3 mile walk, staying on the coastal path all of the time, but not too close to the edge, I'm not too keen on sheer drops too close to me! Gradually the sun came out, coats came off and we had a glorious walk.

You never quite know what you're going to find on a walk, and in the middle of nowhere on the coastal path we came across a wheelbarrow of second hand books, with an honesty box for donations.

Eventually our designation, Widemouth Bay came into view, and we made for a pub, obviously.

We were pleasantly surprised to find fish finger sandwiches on the menu, which went down very well with a pint for lunch.

After lunch we cut inland till we reached the canal, then it was a very pleasant stroll back along the canal towpath, past a number of locks, and in lovely sunshine, spotting birds and wild spring flowers.

It was about another 3 miles back, so a good 6 mile walk in all, and we were ready for a quick stop at a pub before getting back.
We decided to be self sufficient for dinner, and had a relaxing evening in eating Spag Bol and watching The Apprentice.

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