An Adventure Of The Non Photographic Kind
You know when you read a book about someone having a great personal adventure and you sit back and think, ‘God, I’d love to be able to do something like that even if it’s on a smaller scale’, well……that’s where it started. I read a book called The Hairy Hikers, written by David Le Vay, where he and his friend Rob walk the GR10 Coast to Coast trail from Hendaye on the Atlantic and along the French Pyrenees to Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean. It’s an account of their rather enjoyable seven week adventure together which includes some personal down moments and struggles, but also lots of humour and good times too along with wonderful descriptions of the places they were walking through and visiting.
Early in the morning on the 15th of October Richard and I were taken to our starting point at Wembury by my other half Alan where we were also met by Sara and Nigel Hicks. Both Sara and Nigel are amazing people who run the charity OVAID – Orangutan Veternairy Aid which is a zero salary, voluntary run charity dedicated to providing veterinary equipment, medicines and practical veterinary presence and assistance to Orangutan rescue groups and centres in Indonesia and Malaysia. Richard had decided a few weeks before the walk that he would like to fundraise for this great charity (I’ve put the link to his JustGiving page at the end of the blog) and so we had photos holding their banner by the sea before we started. Before we knew it, it was kisses and hugs all round bidding cheerio to everyone and off we set, Ivybridge bound. Our first days walk was really good overall and we were joined by Rich’s cousin Jacki all the way which was rather lovely. When we made it to Ivybridge that day we were tired but felt good and the day was topped off by Al meeting us for dinner where we were staying that evening.
A couple of notes to finish on.....
There is one very precious thing that I have learnt from this experience over everything else, and that is……never EVER decide to carry a box of flapjacks with you on a walk like this! The buggers are heavy and you can’t even give them away!
And thank you to my other half Alan for his help to us both over the duration, plus all of the supportive messages along the way even though he thought I was a bit barmy.
Richard’s JustGiving page for OVAID is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Davy3
OVAID also have their own JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/ovaid
A list of B&B’s we stayed at;
Sportman's Inn at Ivybridge - Basic but good food.
Lowertown Farm at Ponsworthy - Comfortable, needed notice 2 days in advance for packed lunches and quite a late breakfast.
West Ford Farm at Hittisleigh - I really can't recommend this place enough! Stunning, comfy, warm, homely and our host was wonderfully attentive and accommodating. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again or to recommend.
Mitre Inn at Witheridge - Lovely place to stay. Very comfortable with excellent food.
Zeal Farm at Hawkridge - Again at the top of my list. A fabulously comfortable place to stay with lovely helpful hosting.
Exmoor Forest Inn at Simonsbath - Warm, comfortable, good food and a great place to stay.