Friday, 17 September 2010
Friday 17 September 2010 - South West Coast Path - Chideock to Abbotsbury
Ascent: 590 metres
Time: 5.5 hours including stops
Just a brief entry for now, as we return home tonight and I can't do this whilst driving.
After another good breakfast, we set off on a blue sky day, so the waterproofs were deployed for just five minutes of this four day excursion.
Today's hills were small and early on, so presented no difficulties.
Then, after passing under the geologically remarkable and visibly crumbling East Cliff, I went over and Notchy went around Burton Cliffs.
We hit the beaches, backed not by cliffs but by gently rising arable land; any cliffs hereabouts having been eroded away aeons ago. These must have been prime targets for foreign invaders in days past (as evidenced by numerous pill boxes). First, Burton Beach, then Cogden Beach, before we headed around unseen Burton Mere and along a long section of beach prior to turning inland to the posh town of Abbotsbury (reminding me of the Cotswolds with all its thatched cottages), and our 3.30pm taxi back to Exeter.
As usual, the folk we encountered today were almost all retired. It's still holiday season, and most B&Bs are fully booked. "It's all the grandparents, taking a break from child minding now the kids are back at school" commented one proprietor.
Mind you, many of the folk we've seen look as if they need their own minders!
We've also seen a few younger backpackers. Wild camping appears to be the favoured approach, due to the high cost of campsites and the cleansing properties of the sea.
Today's picture was taken early on - it's the view back to Seatown and Golden Cap.
Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange