Location, Location, Location!

By: snowgood

Feb 07 2013

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Category: Fear, Walking

3 Comments

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If you’ve not seen the Braunton Burrows post click the link and get a handle on how the walk ends.

Now look again at the sand dunes behind.

Big aren’t they?

My 1:50 000 Ordnance Survey map appears to show a route out of the car park then in amongst the dunes before a sharp easterly turning of less and into another car park.

Once there the plan was to walk back to the car in Braunton.

Off we went pretty soon we were heading south alongside a fence.

The light was fading, but everything was under control.

I even clipped my head torch into place before darkness set in.

We walked, and walked but the Coast Path signs were conspicuous by their absence.

Using my skill and intellect we reached a certain point where I suggested we turn left.

Soon we were in amongst monster dunes, marshes, and brambles.

It was now dark, and there was nothing to show our exact location.

Scampering up the dunes was no use, so I decided to follow a track evidently used by 4×4 vehicles.

After an hour we came across three portaloos.

At last we were were somewhere a local might pin point.

I called 999.

I pointed out we were all fine, with good clothing, a map, and food and drink I sounded relaxed.  Then I mentioned the danger signs on the map, inwardly thinking “send out the helicopter”.

The police gave me a few pointers, and 40 minutes later we navigated back to the north and a waiting copper.

Here I am five days later, and I can now see we’d hit the wrong path and should have skirted inland to the rear of “The Burrows”.

3 comments on “Location, Location, Location!”

  1. Ros looks pleased with the facilities you found. :0)

  2. >> “Why, oh why are so many parts of this famous walk hidden and so hard to find?”
    . . .
    If they were easy to find, you wouldn’t have had this adventure!


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