In which: the day starts with bus frustration ● the walk starts with a diversion ● I learn about Weston Plats and linhays ● ice cream is still welcome in October ● chalk starts to take over
Date: 5 October 2020 Time of walk: 1130 to 1650 Today’s walking: 18.2 km Progress along SWCP: 16.2 km Estimated ascent: 730 metres
The plan today was to park in Seaton, and get the bus to Sidmouth and walk back from there. The drive to Seaton was extremely wet, considerably wetter than forecast, but it eased off as I arrived in Seaton, and by the time I’d made a couple of work phone calls, the rain had stopped. I got myself ready and walked through to the esplanade and its bus-stop to catch the 1001 bus. A local joined me in rather a hurry as the time of the bus’s arrival drew near, but it was in vain, for the bus didn’t come. When it got to about 1045, and it was clear that the bus was extremely unlikely, I wandered down the front to another bus-stop, which I knew was somewhat more central. This was was fitted with a display screen which showed the next number 9A bus was due in 18 minutes, which was reassuring, though the Stagecoach website, the Stagecoach text messaging service, the Traveline website, and Google Maps all showed the earlier bus as having been due at 1001. But sure enough the bus an hour later arrived, and I got on and went upstairs. It went around the roundabout and hared off towards Sidmouth, with no journey down the front to the stop I’d originally been at, so I was glad I’d moved, though unimpressed with the information available to prospective passengers.
Safely arrived in Sidmouth, I walked the short distance to the front and joined the South West Coast Path for my journey eastwards.