Clear Water

From the coast path high up on the cliff the waves can be seen barely lapping at the white beach pebbles, which is quite a contrast to Seacombe just a half mile away and where we swam just 20 minutes ago.  Looking down from the path the descent looks simple enough along a lazy, shallow…

Seacombe Sands

If anything the surf has picked up a little more since we walked by a few hours earlier.  Maybe it is because the tide has turned.  Whatever the reason some of the waves are now breaking in a line of tumbling, darting foam that extends point-to-point across the golden sand. The beach is busy so…

Hipples

I have been wanting to get here for years but somehow it has proved elusive.  I have swum off Sunny Cove, the next beach up the Salcombe Estuary and also Mill Bay Cove, the next on again, but this little beach comes and goes with the tide and the timing has never been right.  Today…

A Bout de Souffle

The thick fog that blanketed the countryside last night had by mid-day been chased away by the sunshine though the air remained breathless, but turning from the coast road into the dead end that would take me to the cliff top I again entered a world of obscurity.  The fog swallowed the car, the trees,…

Sensory Deprivation

The day has failed to come clear and now, whilst only 3pm, on this early December day it may as well be early evening and with the light fading it surely won’t turn out right now.  I have taken over a little nook at Ayrmer Cove emptying out my bag on the dry sand above…

Tunnels

There are some fascinating sea caves, tunnels and arches along the coast here: Kingswear, Old Mill Cove, Watcombe to name a few, but today’s discoveries are something else.  The freezing fog and thick frost had cleared the closer I got to the coast but even so and in the shelter of the car park at…