They brag about Westward Ho! being the only town in England with an exclamation point. But really? Only in England? Not the whole wide world? How many towns can there possibly be with an exclamation? I had to check this out. It turns out that only two towns in the whole wide world have exclamation points in their names. The other town, St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Québec, has two explanation points. So there we are. At any rate, Westward Ho! was founded after Charles Kingsley's novel Westward Ho! was published in the mid 1800′s, and eventually became a popular holiday spot. And that's all I know.
We are a bit confused about where the path goes. We know the goal is Appledore. Supposedly it's about five miles away; but as we start off and I looked in the distance, I quietly panic. Quietly because I don't want to not do our very last walk of this trip. But damn. Look how far away that corner of the land is. Surely that's more than five miles.
Then we sit on a bench along the coast, mix up some gin and tonic, calculate how far on the coastal path we've walked this trip (about 40 miles), talk to a local man and his white golden (who doesn't talk much), eat an ice cream cone, and hop a double decker back to Barnstaple. Finished walking for this trip! Heading to Bath tomorrow, then London, then back to Ohio.