Travelled : 196 kilometres from Padstow, West Cornwall to Lynton North Devon.
Visited : Cycled 20 kilometres of the Camel Trail (National Cycle Path #32). Croyde Bay, North Devon £5 parking. Lynton, North Devon £1 parking. Exmoor National Park (free).
Stayed : Brendon (Exmoor National Park) free parking with a toilet nearby (and views you cannot buy). N51.22426 W03.72963
We have a very quiet night in the big carpark in Padstow. Purchased another parking ticket at 8 am for £2.50, so avoided the overnight charge. Given lunch yesterday we need to cut corners and economise where possible.
Padstow sits on the mouth of the River Camel (remember that for trivia), the old railway line following the river has long been closed, the sleepers and rails removed to form the Camel Trail Cycle Path. So it’s some fruit for breakfast and we head off to Wadebridge about 10 miles up river.
Our park and pay ticket has run out and it’s time to go. We put the bikes on the carrier and head out of Padstow continue north. It looks like being a warm day and our Lonely Planet guide states that Croyde Bay is the best surfing beach in Cornwall so that will do for lunch and a rest stop.
I’ll give it to the English they love the beach, Croyde Cove is pack with swimmers and given the fog or mist packed with people walking back to there campsite or holiday house. The vast majority are wearing 3mm steamers so I gather the water is a bit on the chilly side. We cannot report that the surf was up to Cronulla standards as although we could see the sand we couldn’t see the waves. Time to move on and we did. We continue our journey north-east into the Exmoor National Park…