Posted by: litehiker | March 18, 2008

Exmoor

Just a short trip but a good one. I was out for a day and a night. Using OS Landranger 180, I set out from Lee Abbey on the coast just west of Lynton. The Valley of Rocks

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was amazing as usual with mountain goats and wild ponies around. My walk took me along the coast path, around Woody Bay to Heddons Mouth. I came across an odd signpost which had to be worth a snap …

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The path went inland. I left the coast path and went in to have a pint at Hunters Inn, a bit out of season with scaffolding around but the beer was good. I went south to Parracombe, over Challacombe Common to the B3358 and followed a path east just south of the hamlet of Challacombe. It was raining a bit by now and quite muddy. However, it wasn’t particularly cold. Clothing worn was basically waterproof overtrousers, a Golite windproof top and I used an umbrella for much of the time which was fine as it wasn’t windy. At GR718408 I headed north towards Saddle Gate. The path was a bit indistinct and the mist came down, but by following a compass bearing it wasn’t difficult to keep in the right direction. At Barbrook, just past Shallowford I filled up with water and a short distance off the farm road around GR714455 there were any number of good wild camping opportunities, one of which I took. I spent a very peaceful night although woke to rain at 6am. Still, this didn’t last and I set off at seven to head back to Lee Abbey. On the way I came across a strange notice at a river crossing …

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An excellent outing.

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Responses

  1. the sign refers to the tickling of trout, a old poaching method that my dad taught me years ago and i tried once,and it really works.i put the the fish back though

  2. cheers for the GR tip
    😉

  3. Mike – I knew about tickling – my grandfather used to do it. I’d never heard of “groping” in this context, though. It was an amusing sign to happen upon.


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