Report from January 26th

The sun rose on a clear day at my camp on Hangman’s hill. The views were everything I expected and more and after some photographs and a breakfast of porridge I carried on towards Lynmouth.
As yesterday had been dull and foggy today was bright and clear with views in all directions.
The path crossed moorland before plunging into the very steep coombe of the River Heddon.
As I climbed nearly 700 feet up out of the valley a stream crossed the path and tucked in some little puddles was some very early frog spawn. Spring was clearly here.
The path continued to climb and descend and I was beginning to regret the extra miles I was doing today. The ascent out of Lee valley passed the Lee Abbey was particularly tedious climb up a long straight road.
However the rocky coast beyond was some compensation and soon I was making an equally long climb down into Lynmouth.
I made an error here as I was halfway down the descent when I realised all the shops were at the top of the hill I was descending. I would have liked to have picked up some food for the next days walking but I couldn’t face climbing back up the hill again.
I found my hotel snuggled against the river in Lynmouth and tiredly and gladly settled in there for the night.

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