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Our Ten Favourite Benches, No. 6

STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN
Northcott Steps, north Cornwall

The South West Coast Path is lore unto itself. It is laden with sacred seats and steps, at least one for every star above you. But rather than get too otherworldly, here’s some down-to-earth info to help you find the bench of your dreams.

The Spiritual Stats
Miles covered: 630
Height climbed: 114,931 feet, or four times Mount Everest
High point: Hangman Point, north Devon 1,043 feet – sit well back
Steps to sit on: 26,719-ish
Stiles to kiss at: 921 – bring some lip balm
Signs to stop you getting lost: 2,473 if you can find them

Book: The South West Coast Path by Paddy Dillon – ISBN 1852843799.
Pub: Defy last orders – take a packed lunch.
Tip: Don’t conquer the lot. Find a step that is forever England and sit on it.

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