"North Devon > Exmoor" Exmoor National Park by iris2002
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New page> Training weekend 4 (the good, the wet, the ugly)
>A bit about me
> First Training Day on Dartmoor
> Training weekend II
> Training Weekend III-day1
>Training Weekend III-day2
> further Training Regime
> Everest-Base-Camp VT meeting 2007
2nd training day > I should have known when I saw the sheep-skull on the entrance of the trekking path that it wouldn't go to plan !
Ah well - it all started out early again with a one hour drive through fog and frosty morning glory to Exmoor National Park (the North Part of Devon) for my next training excursion (or so I thought)
Parked the car in a lovely tranquil valley @ such a steep hill that not even the handbrake held the car so had to ask a farmer to park it in his flatter driveway .... then climbed with heavy backpack over the Public-Footpath obstacle course (meaning a wooden fence with some rather wobbly steps both sides and found myself in front of a sheep skull and two sheep staring at it in bewilderment (I had to take a picture but it's too cruel for sensitive eyes really ... ahem,ahem)
About 1/2 mile up a VERY steep hill (33% the sign said) and a lot of sweat and knee-shaking later another gate stood in the way ... this time a sign hung on it and it read:
"SHOOTING IN PROGRESS - please use alternative route - Sorry for the inconvenience "
Blast! The funny thing was on approaching the gate a pheasant sat on the wooden fence just above the sign - too bad I didn't get my camera out quick enough - would have made for a hillarious snap-shot hihi...
So down again 33% - and as the ground was rather marshy I did twist my knee a bit. Back into the car and further up North-Devon hills to try an alterantive route and walk along the coastal path near Ilfracombe
That one worked !!! NO more dead-sheep skulls in the way or being endangered of getting in the firing line
And to end a wonderful day of hiking, what better way than to wind down in handsome company ;) hihi..... with pints of Guiness and a sunset walk on the beach ...
SUNSET in Devon
- Pros:Very versatile Landscape and little hidden gems
- Cons:Shooting season in full swing in November!
- In a nutshell:A fantastic place to discover - bit rough n' ready !
Some of the trails lead also by pastures where lots of sheep graze ... and sometimes nature has it's own way of... more travel advice
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