In which: the day starts with a ferry ride ● a hilly parkrun is the prelude to the day’s walking ● Rame Head chapel guides me and provides a spot for lunch ● an orchard has little fruit but lots of bluebells ● I have a last Cornish ice cream before reaching Devon
Date: 15 April 2017 Time of walk: 0945 to 1620 Today’s walking: 24.5 km (plus 5.0 km running) Progress along SWCP: 22.0 km Estimated ascent: 680 metres
Today started with a walk across Plymouth to Admiral’s Hard to pick up the Cremyll Ferry, from where it was a short walk to the Mount Edgcumbe estate. This is the site of the Mount Edgcumbe parkrun, the first time I’ve reached a parkrun by ferry. It’s a hilly one – the run briefing held half way up the hill in front of the house, before descending almost to sea level to start the run. Then it’s up the hill for great views across Plymouth Sound, and half-way down – so lots of ascent on my hilliest parkrun to date, and only half the descent to balance it up.
Afterwards I pulled on walking trousers from my rucksack over my running shorts, changed top, socks and shoes, and then walked out to the road where I picked up the bus which took me to Tregantle Fort, ready to walk all the way back. Quite a busy start to a day of walking – I was a little anxious that the tough parkrun would leave my legs tired for the day’s walking, and that having to carry the running gear around with me all day would be a bit tedious, but in reality neither was an issue.