Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Bank Holiday Walk

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Don’t you think this summer has been pretty remarkable? Generally fine and sunny since May, I can’t think of a bank holiday so far this year that has been spoilt by the weather. They’ve all been pretty damn good. This August Bank holiday has been no exception, although first thing in the morning was somewhat overcast, but by lunch time… Read more »

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire in Next 12 Months

Now here is some news that I think many have been clamouring for for many a year. Microsoft has never been the same since the departure of Bill Gates, and you might argue even for some time before that. Microsoft had a monopoly on the PC industry for a long time, and that as been squandered throughout the current millennium.

The One With No Stopping (Nearly)

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Out for a walk today, the equivalent of getting back on the bike after the romp along the South West Coast Path. I wanted to do at least 12 miles, and take in some hills, so set off from Old Cleeve towards Roadwater, Chidgley and then on up to Bird Hill (although was going such a pace I forgot to… Read more »

SWCP – Buck’s Mills to Hartland Point

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The eighth and final day of this walking trip, a leg of about 13 miles taking us to the small fishing port of Clovelly (although we didn’t pay to enter the village and wander round). A mixture of terrain from step climbs through inlets, through woodland and across fields, we finally met up with Mel at Hartland Point and all… Read more »

SWCP – Appledore to Buck’s Mills

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After the rest and small shortcut of yesterday, the next planned stopover at Westward Ho! is closer than expected, and the one after, Clovelly, is within reach today. Westward Ho! is only about 2 miles from the campsite a the proverbial crow flies, but we opt to retrace our steps to Appledore and follow the coast path around the headland… Read more »

SWCP – Braunton to Appledore

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Talk about a change of scene, today was a scene of complete flatness with the exception of the bridge over the River Taw. I was feeling pretty pooped after covering the 11 miles to Instow, the product of somewhat fitful sleeping in the tent the last few nights. As a result I opted to spend the afternoon with the Sunday… Read more »

SWCP – Lynmouth to Combe Martin

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A slog of a day, seemed to go on forever but partly due to two big climbs and several smaller ones. Lost my walking companion dye to injury, but managed to walk the afternoon in the company of two nice Germans (hello Sebastian and Nadine!) who I helped get acquainted with their first experience of real ale (Exmoor Stag and… Read more »

SWCP – Porlock to Lynmouth

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Today was interesting, largely because for most of it you can easily forget that you are walking a coastal footpath. The route spends quite a lot of time in the woods, and whilst the sea is never too far away, you often can’t see or hear it, and so it feels much more like an Exmoor walk than a coastal… Read more »