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Sunday, 06 February 2011

Climbing Codden Hill

For today's walk, Jon chose an old favourite of his to visit: Codden Hill near Bishops Tawton. He says he used to ride his bike there, but that was many years ago.

He decided to try a different route to the one he used to cycle along, and he neglected to mention to me beforehand the steepness of the slope at the start of the walk. I was exhausted after walking ten paces! And then I almost slid back down! ;)

Somehow, I made it up, and I admit it was worth it. The views from the top were fantastic in every direction. There is also a monument at the top of Codden Hill that is dedicated to Caroline Thorpe, the first wife of Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party from 1967 to 1976. Caroline Thorpe died in a car crash in 1970, aged just 32, and this monument, designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, was dedicated to her by the Archbishop of Canterbury in July 1971.

It was pleasant to sit on the seat beneath the monument and feel a refreshing gust of wind blow by. There were a few people around up there, but we saw hardly anyone on the way up, and even less on the way down. At the end of the walk, we popped into the Chichester Arms for a bite to eat.

Now I'm resting my legs - I'm a little worried about how much they're going to ache tomorrow morning!

FairyJo! x