Croyde Coastal run – 22nd April 2012

I didn’t go “overboard” on the wine at the wedding on Saturday as I’d found a nice coastal path for a 5 mile run for the Sunday morning (ate loads though!).

The wedding was in a village in North Devon (Croyde), famous for its surfing, and my route took me along the coastal path which I hoped would be pretty quiet early on a Sunday morning.

I left the house at 8:30am wearing a waterproof (it just started to rain) and wearing my KSO Treks (as it looked like it was going to be pretty muddy), and carrying a water bottle. I reckoned I had about an hour before the rest of the house woke up.

The run started along the road, before turning up a track to a farm beyond which it became a heavily rutted track which looked like it had been worn by several hundred years of cart wheels.

I turned right on a left bend onto an overgrown footpath leading east which led me down across open land to Putsborough, where I joined the coastal path http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/ and started to head west back around Baggy Point towards Croyde.

The sun came out at that point and the beach at Putsborough looked welcoming, if only for surfers!

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The path seems to pretty much “hug” the coast, I hope it doesn’t get icy or snow very often as an icy slip would herald a very quick and unpleasant descent to the rocks below.

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Alas the rain arrived.

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The path continued around the coast (and the rain continued on and off) and finally I could see Croyde beach in the distance.

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After a total of 6 miles and around 800ft of elevation I arrived back at the house to find everyone still asleep! Damn, I could have done a longer run!

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