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FOOD & DRINK Christmas with a difference


This Christmas we won’t be stocking up on turkey, mince pies and all the trimmings. Instead we’ll be packing walking boots, blister plasters and sleeping bags and rustling up Christmas dinner in a campervan.


Earlier this year David turned 50 and to fully embrace his midlife crisis, he is walking the entire length of the South West Coast Path taking 25 days to do it when most people take 6-8 weeks over several years.. This is a challenge he has been considering for a few years and in a now-or-never moment, he decided that this winter would be the time to do it.


Experience! Taste the By Holly & David Jones Manna from Devon Cooking School David and his dog Rex Fine English wines &


cheeses, produced from our Estate on the banks of the River Dart.


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Alfresco dining in summer.


The walk starts in Minehead and follows the coastline through Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall before heading back into South Devon and Dorset and finishing in Poole. That’s 635 miles or 25 miles a day for 25 days. I’m not sure this would be such a big deal if it was all as flat as Slapton Line but the total ascent throughout the walk is the equivalent of climbing Everest 4 times with some particularly challenging hill climbs in the first few days. That kind of energy is going to need some serious fuel. Consequently he’ll be starting the day with porridge and fruit, with snacks of nuts and more dried fruit to keep him going 'til lunchtime. The energy-sapping full festive lunch has been banned in favour of hot soups of beans and green veggies with sourdough bread and ham. Homemade fruit cake is maturing nicely and will make a good afternoon snack along the way before dinner of protein, carbohydrate and more green veggies. I’m thinking hot stews, curries, tagines, cottage pies and pasta with meat sauces. I’m definitely planning a turkey curry, even though we won’t have had a roast bird to provide the essential leftovers. To keep up the daily mileage and aid recovery of his aching legs, David will need to eat around 5000 calories


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