Skirting the edge: Leg 1
Today was the first full day on the coast roads. Starting from Blackwater (where I finished off yesterday to try and get a head start), I followed the North Somerset, Devon and Cornwall coast all the way down to Lands End. The roads were on the most case narrow with hedges 10 foot high, so it was incredibly slow going, having to give way to the odd car, camper van or Coach.
The Somerset roads are wider than those as one moves south, the beeches are bigger in Somerset as well. Here we are in Minehead for all of 30 seconds as the parking charges are appalling (needless to say all carparks at beeches are over priced, but its a captive market). £6 in Minehead rising to a minimum charge of £7 for Bude.
I clocked around 300 miles and was on the road for just under 12 hours (inc breaks) so the average speed is only 25mph. I do hope to improve upon that else a month will just not be long enough. I think I may of been a bit to strict on the nearest road in a few places.
So positives from today, were the drive up the toll road from Porlock Weir (I say a positive, but it was as bumpy as hell) one feels almost in a tunnel as the overgrowth is so dense and thick.
The day continued into one bay after another down one side and up the other.
Finally I managed to make Newquay, I had been on the road for 8 hours, and I decided to move slightly more inland for the stretch down to St Ives, so make up some time. The A30 was a dream for the car, it managed to settle down to a steady speed, and not have to change gear every 20 seconds either up or down as the road changed and vehicles in front moved at ever slower speeds. It was now rush hour and getting through St Ives was a chore, but once out the road across to Lands End was great, if only spoilt by meeting a coach on an impossibly narrow lane!
Finally at 5pm I reached Lands End, tired and wanting a rest I drove straight to the Hotel in Helston, and have not visited the Lizard as planned, so that’s the first part of tomorrows drive.