I'd been meaning to do this walk all winter. I'd planned my route and knew
that this was my best chance of seeing Hen Harriers locally. The trouble was
two fold, getting the right weather conditions and being awake in time to
catch the bus.
The southern edge of Exmoor is a SSE facing ridge. It rises an extra 100m
above the rolling hills of mid Devon. When the winds are from the south they
provide a morning lift for the buzzards and other birds of prey. At 7am in
Ilfracombe there was a cold mizzle about but it was forecast to clear into a
bright sunny day.
To get to Dulverton from Ilfracombe I had to get two buses. The First was the
30 Combe Martin Barnstaple Service which I caught at 7.20am this took me into
Barnstaple at xx.xx. Then I got the 307 Barnstaple - Taunton service
(a) The bus from Barnstaple drops you off in the centre of Dulverton Village.
The visitor centre wasn't open yet, it didn't open until 10am. After stocking
up on essentials such as pasties, I headed off west across the bridge.