Monday, 16 June 2014

The Double Challenge - #walk2westminster - Day 3

Today's stats - 23 miles, 50607 steps, 3022 calories, 5 litres of water, 2 blisters, 4 very sore feet

We always knew that today, day three of our Walk to Westminster, would be tough. Possibly the toughest day of our whole walk - time will tell if that turns out to be true. But it was certainly the toughest so far by a long way.

We planned to walk across Dartmoor, 25 miles, from The Dartmoor Inn near Princetown, through Moretonhampstead and on to Longdown. In the end we fell slightly short of our target.

Anne crossing Pontsbridge on Dartmoor

Dartmoor is beautiful and today it was looking stunning. I have always found the rugged beauty to be mesmerizing, there is something that draws you into it. Today, walking our way through the middle of the moor, it was even more so. You certainly got even more of a sense of the vastness and natural charm of the place.

Stunning scenery looking across Dartmoor

As the weekend had passed we mainly had sheep and ponies for company which added further to the sense of remoteness. Oh apart from our driver Stephen Rushworth - an old friend of mine from our time together on Cornwall Council.

With our driver for today  - fellow former Cornwall Councillor Stephen Rushworth

As you can imagine today contained lots of hills - big ones, long ones, steep ones. Up and down. Many people had told us in preparing for this walk that it was the down hills that got you more than the ups. Today we found this to be true.

We were pleasantly surprised at how well we coped with the walk in general. In fact our fitness held up well and at the end we were walking up the hills at quite a pace. But our feet did take a pounding on the downhill slopes.

At the end we didn't quite make it to our target of Longdown and stopped for the day about two miles short. We could possibly have gone on but both of us were really feeling the effects on our feet. I had a couple of blisters forming nicely and we decided the wise decision was to stop and allow our feet to recover overnight rather than cause damage we might not be able to recover from.

So tomorrow we will set off from where we finished this evening - it was always our plan to allow some flexibility to allow for eventualities such as today's.

We now leave the hills of Cornwall and Devon and press on to flatter lands. Tomorrow we will walk through Exeter and on to East Devon aiming to make it to Honiton.

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The road goes ever on...