20100808 Exmouth to Sidmouth

A photographic record of my attempt to cover the whole of the South West Coast Path. But not all at once! This is the very first stage I attempted. The plan was to do the whole of the South-West coast as a sort of retirement challenge, but alas, Brexshit happened and I lost interest in the UK.
Oh no!
I thought I'd left all this stuff behind me in France! This is in Exeter. I didn't bother going in.
The end of Victoria Road, where I start my walk to Sidmouth along the South West Coast Path.
Starcross ferry
Just beyond these buildings is the ferry point to Starcross, for those walking westwards. The only other realistic course is a bus or train up to Exeter and…
Exe estuary
Starcross to the right and Dawlish (and the overpopulated Dawlish Warren) to the left
River Exe mouth
OK, so it's not as pretty as the creeks around Falmouth, but when you've been starved of sea views for several years by being stuck in the middle of France,…
Exmouth esplanade
Looking along the esplanade in Exmouth, back towards the estuary. Starcross is visible on the other side of the estuary.
Exmouth lifeboat station
Only built a few years ago, this replaces the old station which is much further back, along the esplanade (the esplanade gives way to Queen's Drive which takes…
It really is sunny in the early mornings. But this is the end of the sea-level walking, at Foxholes. That's the High Land at Orcombe straight ahead and the path…
Upwards and onwards
At Foxholes it is possible to climb up the cliffs using steps reached by crossing the beach at low tide and scrambling around the cliff base. But it's easier to…
Easy walking
A very few parts of the walk are very easy, just like a standard paved footpath in the town. But it's pretty rugged in other places, albeit never difficult.
Marking the beginning (or the end!) of the Jurassic Coast the Geo-needle is a distinctive and attractive marker. I was particularly pleased with the way the sun…
Sandy Bay
Descending into Sandy Bay. Very pretty but oh, that caravan park!
Ladram Bay
A beautiful cove with a pebbly beach, totally overwhelmed by the far-too-large caravan park. Still, it takes all sorts.
Straight Point and Sandy Bay
Even with my primitive camera, this picture captures the beauty of the Coast Path. It's not cloudy because it's early morning. It'll invariably cloud over later…
After Budleigh Salterton, the path takes on a more rugged aspect with many hills to ascend and descend. And again, sometimes taking the walker plenty close…
Twopenny Loaf Rock
Heading towards Ladram Bay, this rock may or may not be Twopenny Loaf Rock. Whatever it is, it is an impressive sight.
Getting a bit close...
The Coast Path does get a bit close to the cliff edge in places.
One of the prettier counties of Britain. Can't say I think highly of the inhabitants, but there you go.
Exe villages
Exmouth to the left, Topsham and Lympstone (amongst others) as the view heads right, with Exeter still further upriver.
s the morning drifts by, the skies start to cloud over. Time to put some effort in.