Week 10 day 66 – Thursday 28th May

  • 25 minutes level 14 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 164
  • Calories = 283 (total so far 22515)
  • Distance covered = 8.30 miles
  • Sets of squats and abs
  • Total distance so far = 850.08

Hooray – a big PB today and a great start for the Devon and Cornwall stretch of the journey. Is it all downhill from here?! I tuned into something different today and listened to Duffy, Rockferry.

Leaving Clyst Honiton, the extra boost in miles take me right round the outskirts of Exeter with a fascinating history dating back to an Iron Age settlement in 200 BC. It was further developed by the Romans but then, as with many other places, when the Romans departed in 400 AD, the town became virtually derelict and reverted to agriculture. It has had many name changes along the way including Isca Dumoniorum, Moncton and Exancaester, and the Saxons, Danes, Normans and Celts have all had a hand in its development over the years. The Exe comes from the Celt for water.

As well as the magnificent cathedral there is also a fascinating glimpse of history at Powderham Castle.

Today’s stop is at the quaint village of Ide, just about a mile south west of Exeter and a good base for the final push of the journey. Its claim to fame is the longest ford in England. Apparently, there’s a pleasant circular walk round the village. It’s mostly flat apart from a climb up a fairly steep hill to the site of a Roman signal station, where there are great views across Devon and Exeter. And afterwards, plenty of scope for refreshment at The Huntsman’s Inn or The Poachers’ Inn.

Of course, pubs are still closed to us for the foreseeable future. However, we are now allowed to travel a bit further and good circular walks including great views are open to all. What better way to enjoy this glorious weather than with a good walk – and a picnic at the end of course!