South West Coast path Clovelly to Bude

Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Clovelly to Hartland Quay

After an early start we arrived at Clovelly visitor centre. It was a lovely, clear October day and we were keen to begin our three day “stroll”. We left the car at Clovelly and walked to Hartland Quay.
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This is a very rugged part of the South West Coast Path. Our hotel for the night at Hartland Quay was a friendly place frequented by walkers and locals. It was surrounded by steep windswept coast and a shore of jagged rocks.
Hartland Quay where coal and lime used to be unloaded.
Hartland Quay where coal and lime used to be unloaded.
Hartland to Morwenstow
Hartland to Morwenstow

This next stretch is described as severe in the guide book, and not without reason. It can be done as an 8 hour walk to Bude but thankfully we stopped halfway at Morwenstow. Our walk ended at Hawkers Hut. The Rev Hawker was a characterful local who used the hut to reflect and smoke opium. The hut is the smallest property owned by the National Trust. imageimage
Hawker's Hut
Hawker’s Hut

We stayed at the Bush Inn, a cosy place, with authentic beamed ceilings and stone floors. It is described as once being the haunt of wreckers which is easy to believe on this coastline.

Walking towards Bude
Walking towards Bude
Uppy downy
Uppy downy
Journey's end - Bude
Journey’s end – Bude

Monday was a cloudier day and we set off early to beat the forecasted rain. It was another strenuous and scenic stretch of coast which gradually became gentler as we neared Bude. A tasty chowder in one of the many cafes was very welcome. We experienced torrential rain on our drive onwards to Falmouth. We were relieved not to have been out climbing the combes in that downpour.

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