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David Pinkham

Walking part of the South West Coast Path

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[p][b]NEWS and current COAST PATH Progress, [/b][/p][p][b]16th May,[/b] [b] Hartland to Spekes Mill, 7.4 miles. Strenuous. [/b]A beautifull days walking. Warm with a slightly cooling southerly breeze. Outstanding scenery and very quiet. The terrain was a little challenging in places, but otherwise comfortable enough. I had a well earned rest at Hartland Quay where I grabbed an ice cream and sat to admire the wonderfull rock formations. One lady gave me a donation to my cause. Thankyou.[/p][p][b]21st June, Exmouth to Sidmouth, 12.5 miles. Moderate/Strenuous. [/b]Started my walk at 9am from Exmouth Ferry landing in lovely warm sunshine. The going towards Budleigh Salterton was moderately hilly, with outstanding views. The increasing temperatures and insufficient shade made this stretch a little less comfortable than normal. At Budleigh I was joined by my friend Tony who accompanied me to Sidmouth. The going on this stretch gets harder with a couple of stiff climbs up Peak Hill and High Peak, but fortunately it clouded over sufficiently and with the many shaded areas and a gentle breeze, it kept things cooler. We reached Sidmouth at 3.10 pm and sat in the warm afternoon sunshine eating a well earned ice cream. I have a couple of slightly sore legs today, but better than expected and I don't feel as tired as I might have been normally. Tomorow might be a different story. This was the furthest i've walked in 30 odd years. Phew!! there's life in the old fellah yet!! I do need to give a [b]very big thankyou[/b] to [b]Tony [/b]who organised the transport, of which it wouldn't have been possible to complete the walk, in a respectable and hastle free time. Also a [b]big thankyou[/b] to the two very kind ladies from Portsmouth who I met on the path and donated £10 to my cause. You all, are the salt of this earth.[/p][p][b]15th July, Lyme Regis to Seaton, 7.5 miles. Moderate/Strenuous.[/b] Today I was accompanied by my friend [b]Tim[/b]. We drove to Seaton and caught the bus to Lyme Regis where we started our walk at 11 am. It was a very hot and humid day with plenty of people out enjoying themselves. We climbed up to the [b]Undercliff[/b] which is a [b]designated Nature Reserve[/b]. With about 95% tree cover, it lasts for approx 4 miles and is up and down steps pretty much all the way. This stretch takes around 4 hours to complete so is quite an arduous and difficult section. On reaching Seaton a well earned beer went down a treat. My calves were pretty tight after that and it took a week to recover. Poor chap!! Having said all that, we enjoyed it a lot. [b]Total distance walked to date, 27.4 mls.[/b][/p][p][b]23rd July, Cremyll to Rame Church, 6.0 miles. Moderate. [/b]Today I was joined by [b]Nikki,[/b] [b]Jane and Dave,[/b] good walking companions from our local village group. We crossed the River Tamar from Stonehouse to Cremyll but, due to road works, heavy traffic congestion and detours, our walk didn't start until 11 am, 75 mins later than expected. It was a sunny warm day and our route took us through the beautiful [b]Mount Edgcumbe Estate, [/b]arriving in the pretty waterside village of [b]Kingsand, [/b]where we had our lunch overlooking the sea. Continuing on through neighbouring [b]Cawsand [/b]we gently ascended to Penlee Point, overlooking Plymouth Sound[b] [/b]and Whitsand Bay[b].[/b] As time was at a premium we could only venture as far as [b]Rame Church, [/b]where we descended back to Cawsand[b] [/b]for the bus and ferry back to our cars at Devil's Point, Stonehouse[b]. [/b]Today we walked 8 miles but, only 6 of that was actual coast path. By popular demand we'll attack the whole walk again in the spring.[/p][p][b]15th August, Lyme Regis to West Bay, 11.2 mls. Strenuous.[/b] This spectacular walk is interupted by around 3 miles of inland detours due to considerable landslips between [b]Lyme[/b] and [b]Stonebarrow[/b]. After this the coastline is magnificent with many steep undulations, particularly the climb to [b]Golden Cap[/b]. You need plenty of puff for this, as it's the highest point in Southern England at [b]595 ft[/b] . At [b]Seatown[/b] where I lunched, I met with [b]Roger and Mick[/b] two walking companions from our village group. From here we walked the challenging rollercoaster coast path to [b]West Bay[/b]. Roger kindly drove me back to Lyme Regis to pick up my car. This was undoubtedly one of the toughest walks i've ever undertaken but, it was very rewarding to say the least.[/p][p][b]16th September, Sidmouth to Seaton, 10mls. Severe/Strenuous.[/b]Today I was joined by [b]Sue and Dave[/b] from our village walking group. The weather was perfect for walking, overcast, warm, a light breeze and dry. The first 5-6 miles of the walk is undoubtedly very challenging, with one ascent/descent having flights of 200+ steps. Many stops were taken to rest but, the reward was outstanding scenery and changing geology from sandstone to white chalk cliffs, which made the views very interesting. Upon reaching [b]Beer, [/b]we just made the beach front cafe before close, to grab a delicious ice cream, which we ate with huge pleasure on a seat overlooking the sea. Onwards to Seaton but, due to cliff falls we detoured on to the beach and had to walk the last half mile to [b]Seaton [/b]on shifting pebbles. Very tiring on the legs after 9 miles walking. Not a lot of fun but, the flat calm sea gently lapping the shore, the late afternoon sun beginning to break through and not a puff of wind, made for a very pleasant finish to our walk. Life sometimes is so sweet. [b]Total distance walked to date, 54.6 mls.[/b][/p][p][b]27th September, Clovelly to Hartland Quay, 12.2 mls. Moderate to Strenuous. [/b]After a 2 hr drive from S.Devon, I reached [b]Philham, Hartland[/b] at 10am where [b]Mark[/b] my B&B owner dropped me to [b]Clovelly[/b] and I got under way at 10.40 am. The first part of the walk is through pretty [b]N.T Brownsham Woods[/b] before emerging on to windswept field after field, mile after mile. The wind was strong, often straight at you, gusting at around 25 mph. The views of the sea washed coves some 200 ft below me were spectacular, though distant vistas were reduced to around only 3 miles visibility. After the open slog, [b]Hartland Point[/b] came into view and a coast path finger post told me it was only 1.5 mls to go. What a relief! I only met 2 people along this whole stretch. Others were more sensible considering the conditions and stayed home! Turning south at [b]Hartland Point[/b], the terrain category is classed as strenuous and it certainly didn't disappoint. Only 3.5 mls to go but, into a head wind and some steep climbing and descending made this stretch very demanding. As i'd left my poles back in the car a very kind chap lent me his spare pair which made climbing much easier. He waited for me at [b]Hartland Quay[/b] (16.40) so I could hand back his trusted poles and then gave me a lift to [b]Stoke Church, [/b]where [b]Vera [/b]a friend of a friend made me a well earned cuppa with a slice of cake. What hospitality. [b]Thanyou very much to you both.[/b][/p][p][b]28th September, Speke's Mill to Morwenstow, 8.6 mls. Strenuous to Severe. [/b]I had intended to start early today and try to reach [b]Bude[/b] (15 mls) but, because of the windy conditions and distance involved plus some tired legs from the previous day's toughie, I new this was impossible, so I decided to make for [b]Morwenstow [/b]instead. Starting at [b]Speke's Mill[/b] [b]9.40am [/b]the going was reasonably moderate, ascending onto isolated and lonely, featureless landscape. After some 4 miles or so the terrain became severe, descending from cliff top to sea level at [b]Welcombe Mouth, Marsland Mouth and Little Mouth [/b]in quick succession. This was a very testing stretch but, so worthwhile, with amazing scenery, tumbling streams and waterfalls. Tough but, uplifting the spirits at the same time, with each valley conquered. At [b]Welcombe Mouth[/b] after dunking my hot feet in the fast flowing stream and reaching my minimum [b]70 mile mark[/b], a very fit lady called [b]Lynnette [/b]who just happened to be passing by, lent me her walking poles, as she could borrow her friend [b]Mandy's [/b]spare poles. [b]Yes!! [/b] [b]Dopey Dave [/b]had left his poles in the car [b]Again!![/b] What kindness. My saviour. Climbing out of the valleys although ver hard was considerably eased with [b]Lynette's Poles. [/b]Although showers were forecast, I managed to miss them until the last mile up through a sheltered wooded valley to [b]Morwenstow. [/b]A cream tea was the order of the day here, at the lovely [b]Rectory Tea Rooms [/b]which I reached at around [b]4.40pm. [/b]I was joined by [b]Vera[/b] for a cuppa and then kindly ferried me back to my B&B, some 10 miles distant. What a lovely lady, who without her, this walk would not have been possible. [b]Thankyou Vera and Lynette. Total distance walked to date, 75.4 mls.[/b][/p][p][b]17th October, Salcombe to Hope Cove, 8.1 mls. Strenuous. [/b]After rising early this morning for the hours drive to Salcombe I started my walk at 9.20am. The weather was overcast[b], [/b]blustery[b] [/b]with an autumnal nip[b] [/b]in the air. Venturing[b] [/b]through the pleasent[b] [/b]hilly estuary[b] [/b]areas of[b] North and South Sands[/b], I climbed to the very peacefull[b] [/b]easy going wooded area of[b] Overbecks, [/b]then onto[b] Bolt Head [/b]overlooking the dramatic[b] [/b]steep cliffs hugging[b] Starehole Bay, [/b]which has an awesome beauty all of its own.[b] [/b]I stopped here for a while to take in the awe inspiring views and visualy tracked the path through the challenging rugged cliffs where i'd just walked.[b] [/b]The conditions were quite pleasant at this point but, as soon as I climbed the stone steps onto exposed Bolt Head the wind, it was plainly clear, would be the ongoing challenge. The going from here to Soar Mill Cove is moderate but, the wind buffeting the exposed and featureless [b]The Warren [/b]made it a " I want to go home for a cup of tea by the fire sort of feeling." Plodding on I reached the isolated and pretty [b]Soar Mill Cove. [/b]No car park! no people! only accesible on foot. "Proper Job". A lovely piece of [b]Devonshire Heaven. [/b]Climbing out of the bay was a testing, stoney, zig zag path that made my lungs groan a bit. On reaching the top a spectacular view of the coast, stretching all the way to [b]Plymouth Sound[/b] greeted me. Quite stunning. Showers were forecast for the day but, left me alone and at this point the sun broke through and remained to the finish but, still very blustery. Onwards over a grassy slope I walked to [b]Ocean View Bar & Restaurant,[/b] (where there is a car park and people!!) and met with friends from our village walking group. They had been on a seperate tramp inland. I polished off an energy bar followed with a very welcome cup o' coffee. From here we all walked the very scenic coast path to pretty [b]Hope Cove. [/b]Here we lunched, had a good chat and laughed a lot, and then I was kindly ferried back to my car in Salcombe, by [b]Ian and Dawn. [/b]What a lovely ending to an enjoyable day and thankyou to everyone for waiting for me at Ocean View Bar. I'd arrived a little later than planned.[/p][p][b]24th October, Brixham to Babbacombe, 13.2 mls. Moderate. [/b]Seven members of our village walking group namely, [b]Roger A,[/b] [b]Chris,[/b] [b]Nikki,[/b] [b]Roger K, Sue and[/b] [b]Dave, [/b]assembled at 8am in the village for the car planting in Babbacombe and Torquay then the bus to Brixham.[b] [/b]We got under way from [b]Brixham Harbour at 9.40am [/b]in dry and still conditions[b]. [/b]A [b]Seal[/b] came to say hello and wished us good luck, then disappeared as fast as it came. We walked up through the [b]The Grove [/b]to be accompanied by light rain, then up and down to pretty [b]Churston and Elberry Coves [/b]where the rain stopped and the sun came through. On to [b]Broadsands [/b]and a coffee stop. From here to [b]Goodrington [/b]we had very warm sunshine on our backs and gorgeous views out over the "mill pond still" bays. It was good to be alive. We encountered a few steep steps but, everyone coped well. On reaching [b]Paignton [/b]at 1pm we lunched outside at a very pleasant and reasonably priced cafe. [b]Chris and Roger A [/b]sadly had to leave us near Torquay as Roger had an early evening commitment. On to sunny, bustling [b]Torquay [/b]and our final 5 mile stretch. This section is the more demanding bit but, we were greeted again with wonderfull views from [b]Daddyhole [/b]across [b]Torbay[/b]. Climbing up through woods from [b]Ansteys Cove to Babbacombe Down [/b]was now starting to slow us all up. We arrived back at the cars at 4.50pm just 40 mins behind schedule. Considering the mileage, everyone looked remarkably fresh. Well done you lot and [b]Many Thanks for your support. Brilliant. Total distance walked to date, 96.7 mls.[/b][/p][p][b]My 11th and Final Walk,[/b][/p][p][b]Friday 29th November, Babacombe to Teignmouth 6.5 mls, Strenuous. Sue, Chris and Roger K, [/b]three members of our village walking group joined me on my last leg of charity walks. [b]Nikki [/b]kindly ferried us all to our starting point at [b]Walls Hill Down[/b] even though she was a bit under the weather. The conditions were kind to us for walking, being overcast, very little in the way of wind a pleasant 10 degrees and no rain.Yippee! After a 9.15 start, we hit [b]Maidencombe[/b] 2 hrs later, at [b]my[/b] [b]100 mile mark. [/b]It was quite an emotional moment and a few photo's were taken. The going continued to be tough with muddy sections slowing us down. We slogged on to [b]Shaldon [/b]for a well earned lunch at the [b]Clipper Cafe[/b] where we were joined by [b]Nikki, Annie, Maggie from KingsCare, and Dave M, [/b]truly great support[b]. [/b]The food was excellent enjoying a rather envious position overlooking the [b]River Teign toward Teignmouth.[/b] It was a fitting end to a wonderfull journey where I had the pleasure of meeting so many supportive, kind, warm and accomodating people. [b]I Thankyou All[/b] [b]So Much[/b] from the depth of my heart. [/p][p][b]Total Distance Walked = 103.2 miles.[/b][/p][p] ----------------------------------[/p][p][b]1st June, Fundraising at Cotswold Outdoor, Darts Farm, Exeter.[/b] Raised [b]£71.27[/b] today. A big thankyou to [b]Sam[/b] and [b]Sarah[/b] for their kindness..[/p][p][b]16th August, Fundraising at Morrisons Supermarket, Teignmouth. [/b]Raised [b]£103.74[/b] today. Thankyou very much to [b]Alan[/b] and [b]Janet[/b] for their kind generosity and to everyone who contributed to my cause today. I was blessed to have met many lovely people.[/p][p][b]Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov House to House Fundraising. [/b]Raised so far [b]£731.23[/b] Many Saturday mornings are spent talking to folk about my fundraising challenge. An amazing amount of people have given generously. The warmth and willingness from these people to help my cause has been amazing and very touching. [b]So, Thankyou.[/b][/p][p][b]25th October, Morrisons Supermarket Fundraising Day, Teignmouth. £192.56. [/b]Thankyou to all those who donated today and also to my little band of helpers. [b]Briony, Shane and Maggie. [/b][/p][p][b]9th November, QUIZ NIGHT. At The Ring of Bells, Bishopsteignton. [/b]This was a huge success. Every table was taken, making it a terrific atmosphere which was further enhanced by [b]Roger the Landlord[/b] who without him, it wouldn't have been the success it was. We were ably represented by [b]Maggie Bonnell of KingsCare[/b] and [b]Emily Stokes[/b], our local [b]Footpath Officer[/b] for the [b]South West Coast Path Association.[/b] Sixteen quality prizes were on offer, kindly donated by friends and local businesses. We also had a generous dinner/drinks voucher donated from a local restaurant, which Roger auctioned last knockings. In total [b]£204 was raised[/b], Fantastic. Thankyou everyone.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]My Story,[/b][/p][p][b]Hello everyone[/b], my aim is to walk between 70 and 100 miles of the South West Coast Path on various days from May 16th to November 31st 2019, as time and personal circumstances allow. Logistically it will not be easy as my nearest point from home apart from the Torquay leg is 65 miles. [b]Amendment; [/b]I have included more south coast walks than north coast because logistically I realised, it was too challenging to reach these places on a regular basis. [/p][p]The terrain will be tough and challenging, with at least two sections classed as severe. The areas to be covered are various sections of the South and North Coasts. My final leg around November time, will be [b]Babbacombe[/b] to [b]Teignmouth[/b], which will be[b] quite[/b] [b]an[/b] [b]easy!!?[/b] [b]6.5 mile[/b] [b]stroll[/b] !! Boy, is that section tough! Hopefully my 70 year old legs will cope with it all. I'll certainly give it a really good go.[/p][p]I'm hoping to raise at least [b]£5000[/b] to be shared between my two chosen charities, which are the [b]The South West Coast Path Association[/b] and [b]KingsCare League of Friends[/b] in [b]Kingsteignton, Devon.[/b][/p][p]Due to my wife [b]Marilyn[/b] having mental health concerns, I cannot leave her for too long a period, particularly overnight, so it involves arranging for my daughter Sam to fly in from Ireland to keep Marilyn company while I go away. It will probably do her the world of good, to see the back of the old fellah.[/p][p]Marilyn has had this condition for over 3 years now, but continues to make small improvements. This will be the first time i've spent time away from her since she became unwell, so we'll both be apprehensive about it, as we'll be out of our comfort zones. Hopefully the space we'll be giving each other will help us to learn, grow and improve. I'm quite positive that this will be the outcome.[/p][p]Four months on and i'm attempting another stint of walking in Hartland on 27/28th September. After having to cut short my first stint by a day, due to Marilyn being unwell, she is now a bit more ready for me to go off again. [b]Sam[/b] my daughter is doing her dutyfull bit and coming to stay for a week. Please Mr Weatherman, be kind to me.[/p][p]Now, a bit about my two chosen charities;[/p][p][b]KingsCare League of Friends[/b] is a local Charity that works to improve the lives of those in greatest need within the community. Based at Kingsteignton Medical Practice it reaches out to many local socially isolated and disabled people and those suffering from a range of mental health conditions. [b]I'm truly indebted to them,[/b] for the help and support, they have given to my wife and myself in the last three years. [b]They've really made a difference.[/b][/p][p][b]South West Coast Path Association [/b]needs an annual income of at least [b]£630,000[/b] to keep it maintained and open for locals and visitors alike, to enjoy and help promote mental and physical well being. This spectacular trail has some 20,000 wooden steps of which 1000 need replacing annually. Just £10 buys one new Oak step. £250 buys one new Oak directional finger post.[/p][p]All travel, accomodation and food expenses will be met by me.[/p][p][b]Thankyou for your Support.[/b] [b]You will really make a Difference.[/b][/p][p]Best regards, Dave.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Dec 7, 2019

Linda and Mick

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Sarah and Bonnie xx

Merry Christmas Dave. You’re so close to meeting your target, keep up the good work!

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Bill and Sue

Good effort Dave, well done

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Well done Dave a very worthy cause - Roger from Wotton Printers

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Well done Granddad, keep it up!

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Keep it up Grandad. 🙂

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