23rd September 2018
Today we started our walk from Exmouth. We declined to take the ferry from Starcross to Exmouth on the grounds that today’s weather was forecast to be atrocious – imagining a choppy crossing we wisely chose to drive around to our starting point instead. On leaving the car I was fully kitted out with thermals, waterproofs, gloves, hat and a neckscarf – it was bitter but I was ready for whatever it threw at me!!
Our first little funny sighting was a seagull proudly flying in with his catch – a starfish – which he proceeded to play with on the sea wall. Simple amusements!
The first part of the walk was truly pleasurable, lots of promenade walking and, being a Sunday, it was great to see so many people about. And, by the time we’d reached the end of Exmouth seafront, the sun was out in full force. So, the layers started to be removed – after all those warnings, it was a magnificent day! We even stopped for ice-cream.
At Orcombe Red Rocks we joined the Jurassic Coastline with its striking red cliffs. Google tells me that these were formed in a baking desert some 240 million years ago. Note to self: must learn more about these geological periods and dinosaurs etc. – need to seek tuition from the younger members of the family!
Nothing too adventurous happened today – just a pleasant walk – beaches, hills, fields, woodland, through holiday parks (the coastal path even took us right through a beer garden). We had blue skies most of the day with a crisp autumnal feel. Absolutely loved it – can recommend this walk from Exmouth, passing through Sandy Bay and into the pretty coastal town of Budleigh Salterton. By the end of the trek we were down to T-shirts and carrying all the excess layers. So pleased we didn’t get frightened off by those weather forecasters.