Explorers Connect

Walk Devon Coast to Coast
Fri 12th - Sat 20th June 2020

Start with your toes in the English Channel, walk north across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and finish triumphantly with Champagne on the beach in the iconic village of Lynmouth. (Change to sentence about Neil? Or the challenge in general?) Your guide for this one-off challenge will be explorer and Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk.


OVERVIEW

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Take a week to walk 100 miles across the county of Devon. If you’re looking for a challenge for 2020 this completely unique experience is it! Nine days walking coast to coast across Devon. Two coastlines, two national parks, quiet moorland, wooded valleys, wild swimming rivers, quaint villages & country pubs, mysterious stone circles & hill forts, Exmoor ponies & red deer and of course some well-earned cream teas.

It wouldn’t be an Explorers Connect adventure without some unique touches along the way including a campfire stories night, treasure hunt and other surprises that you’ll have to join us to experience.

Accommodation and baggage transfer are included so no need to plan the logistics or worry about carrying a heavy pack. That is all taken care of so you can enjoy the challenge of walking just over 100 miles across Devon.


ADVENTURE HOST

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Your WalkLeader for this adventure is the one-and-only Neil Froggitt. Neil began his career as a divemaster exploring the hidden depths of the ocean. Since then he has been developing his skills above the waterline extending to paddle sports, trekking and navigation in both lowlands and mountainous areas.

A consummate professional with a huge passion for outdoor adventure, Neil has led numerous trips for Explorers Connect, and perfectly brings to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here

In addition to Neil, explorer and Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk who has personally and painstakingly hand-crafted the entire adventure, will co-host on a couple of days during the Exmoor leg.

The importance of challenging oneself - of stepping outside one's comfort zone - is something that Belinda has been studying for years, and is the reason we have decided to host at least one Long Walk each year, of which Walk Devon Coast-to-Coast is the first.


ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

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Your accommodation will include lodges, campsites and wild camping.

For your camping nights you’ll need to bring your sleeping bag and mat, plus pillow if you want some extra comfort. You might prefer to bring your own tent but you can also borrow a tent from us if needed - email Rowan (rowan@explorers connect.com) and she will organise one for you. Your sleeping kit will be transported between overnight locations so you won’t have to worry about carrying a huge pack all day.

Several camp breakfasts will be provided and we will help you arrange food supplies along the way including supermarket stops and pub or camp dinners.


LOGISTICS

 

We’ve arranged for this trip to start and end at locations that are accessible by train and/or bus. On Day 1 (Fri 12th) you’ll meet your host and walk leader Neil at Harford Bunkhouse, Ivybridge at 9am, After a trip brief and kit check, we’ll transport you to the start point at Mothecombe.

At the end of Day 9, (Sat 20th) after you’ve celebrated with Champagne on the beach and some food at Lynmouth, you can join various bus services or we can arrange a shared taxi (not included) to take you to Taunton railway station for mainline train services.

We recommend staying the night in beautiful Lynton to rest your legs and celebrate! National Express services depart in the morning from Barnstaple. There are plenty of accommodation options to suit any budget, why not stay and explore, seeing as you’ve walked all the way there!


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

No specialist experience is necessary however this is a challenging crossing. You will need to be fit enough to walk an average of 12 miles a day for nine consecutive days covering around 102 miles in total. Distances per day will range from 7 to 16 miles, so we would recommend you should be of an average or better-than-average fitness level. Every day you will get plenty of regular breaks where you'll stop to collect water, replenish your food supplies and have hot drinks at cafes along the way. This is a great challenge for 2020 but one that if you are not fit enough now that you will need to prepare for.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Nine fully guided walking days with an experienced leader and host

  • Careful route planning through spectacular scenery and responsibility for wayfinding

  • Eight nights accommodation. Careful research, selection and flexible planning

  • All luggage transfers

  • Several taxi transfers from the route to accommodation

  • Three breakfasts

  • No specialist kit is required. You will need sturdy walking boots and waterproofs, walking clothes and a day-sack to carry your water and food for the day. A full kit list will be supplied on booking.

  • You will need to bring or share a camping stove and small tent/bivvy for the camping nights


DATES AND PRICES

  • Dates: This adventure runs for 9 days from 9am on Friday 12th July to around 4pm on Saturday 20th July, 2019.

  • Price: £539 (members price: £519)

  • Earlybird: Book before 28th February 2020 for £20 off!

  • Deposit: £199 to secure your place. A staged payment of £150 is due by 31st January 2020, and the balance due 12 weeks before the trip, by 20th March 2020.

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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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