Route 27 to Ilfracombe….

Started damp and mizzly but dried up by mid morning so didn’t put us off our stride.

For a change, I thought we would give the beach a miss today and so we parked up at a tiny little (free) car park at Lee Cross and followed Route 27 (National Cycle route from Ilfracombe to Plymouth mostly using disused railway lines) through mostly wooded countryside, up above the Upper and Lower Slade reservoirs to Ilfracombe.

We didn’t see any cyclists, just other dog walkers or families out for an afternoon stroll, so after reassurance from another dog walker, Poppydog got to off road!

We passed under bridges and through quite a long tunnel.

Enjoying little signs of Spring on the way.

As we approached Ilfracombe we had a good birds eye view of the town winding down the valley to the sea.

From the end (or start) of the trail we had a good view over the town and in the distance a beacon marking the entry to Ilfracombe harbour could just be seen.

We didn’t go down into the town, as we shall visit the seafront there another day, but turned back at the incredibly ornate marker point on Route 27 – which incidentally could be misread to indicate that Swansea is only a mile away!

On the return journey we stopped awhile and watched the mist swirling down the valley over the Lower reservoir bringing with it an eerie quiet, excepting the vibrant birdsong.

And spotted a pretty little waterfall that we hadn’t noticed earlier.

All in all a very enjoyable afternoon!

Two thoughts of the day:

It is thanks to Mr OS (Ordnance Survey App for which I paid just £19.99 for an annual subscription giving me access to maps on my phone for anywhere in the UK) that I am able to discover these little hidden gems!

Haha just worked out how to switch the sound system on – so we can now have music whilst we work!

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