A Northam vet who is on a mission to paddle the length of the country has reached North Devon.
Cal Major set off on her Paddle Against Plastic from Land’s End on May 4, with a course set for John O’Groats.
Her 1,000-mile mission is set to take some four months, and on the way she hopes to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
Today (Friday) Cal arrived in Croyde where she was met by the Plastic Free North Devon crew for an impromptu beach clean.
Cal said the expedition had seen some ropey moments, but had largely been a success so far.
“This was always going to be the most treacherous stretch of coastline,” she said.
“There were a few days in particular which were a challenge, with thick fod and big swell.
“But I’m happy with the amount of miles I’ve got in; it always felt like once I got back to North Devon and carry on from there, then the real adventure begins.”
Cal said lots of people had been supporting her along the way, paddling with her for stretches and bringing her food.
She has also come across a lot of plastic pollution on her travels, removing what she can, and spreading the word about her finds.
“I’ve found as I’ve come closer to the estuary it’s getting more and more,” she said.
“The response so far has been absolutely incredible, I’ve had so much support.
“People are starting to feel positive about it and asking what they can do to be part of the solution.”
Claire Moodie, of Plastic Free North Devon, helped to organise the beach clean at Croyde to support Cal.
She said: “The issue of global plastic pollution is out there, and now it’s about empowering communities to make changes.
“It’s been great to support Cal in her mission to do this.”
On her journey Cal will carry all her supplies, including rations, and will be attempting not to use single-use plastics herself.
After the beach clean, several local paddleboarders left Croyde with Cal to support her next leg of the journey to Putsborough.
She will be making the most of the good weather to continue around the coastline to the Bristol Channel.