In which: the River Erme looks very wet ● the River Yealm is even wetter, but comes with transport ● flowers grace my path ● I brave the ford ● a plan comes to successful fruition
Date: 17 April 2017 Time of walk: 0920 to 1450 Today’s walking: 18.6 km Progress along SWCP: 17.1 km Estimated ascent: 660 metres
The logistics for today were to drive to the far end of the walk at Mothecombe, and get a taxi back to Wembury. The car park was about 50 metres above sea level, with a steep descent to the river, but part of my plan was to start with a walk down to the river. Most river crossings on the South West Coast Path have a bridge or a ferry, but there are a few that need to be crossed at low tide, and this crossing of the River Erme was one that some guides have focussed the most on – highlighting that it can be tricky even at low water, particularly if the wind is from the southwest and pushing water up. I’d planned the holiday around the tide times, to make sure I could cross at the bottom of low tide, and the weather was fair for today, but even so I was a little anxious.
I walked back up the hill to the car park. The taxi arrived promptly and whisked me back to the car park at Wembury, ready for today’s walk proper.