Walk to Hangmans Hill, Combe Martin.
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This picture below was taken on the main road from Ilfracombe to Combe Martin in the area of the Sandy Cove hotel.Those are the Hangman hills in the centre.
The picture below was taken just above the car park at the far side of Combe Martin harbour, just as we set out.I should probably say at this point that we knew it would be a long hard struggle for me, so we packed a sandwich and my portable Oxygen cylinder.
Below, the first hurdle over, the field corner of possibly the steepest part of the climb.
Another 100 feet or so higher, just before we took our first real rest. There is a look out shelter around here, but I'm afraid it has been let get into disrepair. This was a pity because the views from here should have been fabulous.
Below just left the shelter here, the walk starting to tell a bit by now.
Below,well over half way height wise but much less in walking distance, that is Little Hangman a long way ahead.
Over three quarters of the way now. I have to admit that from here on in I stopped every 100-150 yds.
Now just about at the summit of "Little Hangman", below I think that took about one and half hours. It is the distance walked as well as the steep climb that takes it out of you.
The very top of Little Hangman is where Sue took this picture from below, I walked down to give you some idea of the height. By now we both realised that I was just not going to manage the extra walk to Gt Hangman today.
Sue pictured here "On top of our World". It was just so high, wild, quiet and beautiful up here.I took a little oxygen we ate a sandwich then started the return journey.
Just before the peak of Little hangman, you have to fork off right if your going to "Gt Hangman"and follow the wall.This picture was taken from close to the summit of Little Hangman and shows how much farther we would have to have gone.
So after around a one hour forty minute climb I had to give best to the "biggy", I was (and still am) bitterly dissapointed but perhaps this year. The complete round trip took us over two and three quarter hours.
Joke of the day.
Once upon a time lived a beautiful Queen with large breasts. Scott the Dragon Slayer obsessed over the Queen for this reason. He knew that the penalty for his desire would be death should he try to touch them, but he had to try. One day Scott revealed his secret desire to his colleague, Horatio the Physician, the King's chief doctor.
Horatio thought about this and said that he could arrange for Scott to more than satisfy his desire, but it would cost him 1000 gold coins to arrange it. Without pause Scott readily agreed to the scheme.
The next day, Horatio made a batch of itching powder and poured a little bit into the Queen's bra while she bathed. Soon after she dressed, the itching commenced and grew intense. Upon being summoned to the Royal Chambers to address this incident, Horatio informed the King and Queen that only a special saliva, if applied for four hours, would cure this type of itch, and that tests had shown that only the saliva of Scott would work as the antidote to cure the itch.
The King, eager to help his Queen, quickly summoned Scott to their chambers. Horatio then slipped Scott the antidote for the itching powder, which he put into his mouth, and for the next four hours, Scott worked passionately on the Queen's large and magnificent breasts. The Queen's itching was eventually relieved, and Scott left satisfied and hailed as a hero.Upon returning to his chamber, Scott found Horatio demanding his payment of 1,000 gold coins. With his obsession now satisfied, Scott couldn't have cared less and, knowing that Horatio could never report this matter to the King, and with a laugh told him to get lost.The next day, Horatio slipped a massive dose of the same itching powder into the King's underwear. The King immediately summoned Scott.
The moral of the story...Pay your bills.