DAY 13: Horns Cross to Barnstaple (19.14m)

A long walk today taking me further across North Devon. More country lanes to start off through villages, hamlets and farms. 

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On the outskirts of Bideford I find myself on an unexpectedly busy road with no verge or pavement. I make the first detour I can, which takes me across paddocks of Llamas and miniature ponies.

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Having reached Bideford I encounter a Nazi military parade (apparently Bideford is the stand in for Guernsey for a film version of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). I cross the Long Bridge, one of the longest medieval bridges in the country, to pick up the Tarka Trail in East-The-Water.

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This section of the Tarka Trail follows the old Bideford to Barnstaple railway line and passes under the magnificent 1987 Torridge A39 Road Bridge.

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Looking up "Cornish" on the surname mapper website confirms that I am now very much in Cornish family territory.

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At Instow I leave the Tarka Trail and take the long main road to Barnstaple. I pass through Fremington, where my Grandad and his family grew up. On my rest day the next day, I returned to Fremington. I leave a pebble from a Cornish beach that I have been carrying in my pocket. 

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I spend some time wandering around the church every now and then seeing another Cornish name.

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Leaving Fremington behind I cross another medieval bridge to take me into Barnstaple for the night. 

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