Saturday, 30 November 2013

Last Day of November

After a beautiful winters day spent with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine, I decided to grab the camera and take a late walk along the South West Coastal Path just before sunset and see what I could get on camera.



So here is one way from my house, down our country lanes, with pretty leaf colours all around the public footpath and the start of the SWCP.



 Once you get past this old stile these are the first views you get looking towards Berry Head


I decided to go the other way towards St Marys Bay




 A view through the hedgerows, which stop you falling off the cliffs

A few of the autumn things I saw along the way





Lovely green banks on either side of the footpath, well sheltered from the sun and wind



 Very higgledy piggledy steps


Rewarded with a great view of Sharkham where we often go walking with the dog and where I still haven't taken you-sorry!


St Marys Bay below



The land is very unstable along here and this part of the cliff is shingle. Soon part of the path will fall away here, this is just to the side of my feet. I was trying to show how high up this bit of path is as I'm looking down and across to the South Fort of Berry Head.

 

I'm on my way back home now and just about to turn up the other public footpath having walked a loop of the path behind the holiday camp.


Horses and ponies are here all year in the field that runs alongside the path

Almost at the top of the path to join the road now and looking back down across the fields towards the sea and costal path. Its a view I never tire of, just a few minutes walk from the house.


December tomorrow-it's all going so fast. I got the Christmas decorations down from the loft and have decided to go and pick out the Christmas tree next Saturday. Marldon Christmas Trees is a local business which grows their own trees on a farm in Paignton. It's great fun deciding on a suitable tree and even more fun trying to get it into the car!

Looking forward to Dartmouth by candlelight next weekend, so get your hat and coat ready!

I hope you all have a great start to December
SeagullSuzie

22 comments:

  1. We're getting our tree next weekend too I hope. Loved going for a walk with you and my favourite picture was the one looking down onto the beach. x

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    1. Thanks Em. I took my phone in case I fell off the cliff edge or it gave way under my feet. It's quite hard when you are looking at the landscape through the camera-not always easy to concentrate on your position.

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  2. That's a beautiful walk to round off November. We haven't headed in the direction of St Mary Bay before. It's lovely to see the colour of Autumn staying with us for so long. Looking forward to you taking us along to Dartmouth next week.
    Sarah x

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    1. St Marys Bay is quite beautiful, rugged and unspoilt. I should get some good photos. The fallen cliffs, rocks and shingle are almost scary. We have seen the seals quite regularly there too.

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  3. Thank you for taking me on your lovely walk, it was great!! I enjoyed the views. Hope that you have fun selecting your Christmas Tree next weekend and that you can get it into the car. I will be looking forward to seeing Dartmouth by candlelight next weekend, I will have my hot chocolate ready to sit and watch it all with you. xx

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    1. Thanks Amy-restaurant is booked too as hubby will be meeting me straight from work-making a really nice evening of it-so long as it doesn't rain. Glad you liked the walk, I must take you all to St Marys Bay, Sharkham Point looks best in the summer so we'll have to wait for that one until spring.

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  4. Looks like you had a lovely walk. Looking forward to seeing Dartmouth by Candle Light. That is new to me, that didn't happen when I lived there!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Its a lot more commercialised here now to extend the season for businesses-and I agree with it, this candlelight thing has really taken off and when surrounded by a beautiful town and buildings all lit up on the terraces and hills it really does make a difference.

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  5. I so enjoyed your autumnal walk with some beautiful coastal views :) I loved the photo looking down onto the beach. Good luck with the tree and I can't wait to see Dartmouth by Candlelight :)

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    1. Glad you liked the little walk, it's so lovely to have the path so close and its one of the reasons we bought the house. I'm really looking forward to Dartmouth too.

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  6. This has been a lovely walk with you, Suzie, and those sea views are beautiful. It is fascinating to see your part of the coast at this time of year.
    Enjoy Dartmouth by Candlelight. I can't wait to read all about it.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, always looks good no matter whet the time of year. We saw the Soay sheep on Sunday when we went for a walk to Berry Head but I didn't take my camera. I hope I can get some good photos of Dartmouth.

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  7. There is something very special about living close to the sea. It's a bit of a drive for us, so we don't go as often as I'd like, but I do enjoy walking along the coast paths.

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    1. Seaside living is wonderful, there are some disadvantages but they are massively outweighed by the scenery.

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  8. What a lovely walk. When we lived in Dorset, I often frequented the coast path in the Purbecks. You are lucky to have it on your doorstep like that.

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    1. Thank you, we love walking and after all those years of city living it's so refreshing to have beautiful walks close by and the sea too. On Sunday we went for a 2hr walk, along the coastal path to Berry Head, then down through the woods to the Marina and walked along into town and back. We never take it for granted.

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  9. Lovely pics, this post makes we want to go for a bracing walk by the sea-side, something I haven't done in quite awhile. I love the views of the colourful cliffs as well as the lingering autumn hues :-)

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    1. Thank you David, it's quite high up along the top of that part of the path, so was difficult to get good pictures of the sea below. The path and steps to St Marys Bay are very, very steep and it's a long way down..even worse coming back up!

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  10. I never ever ventured to that side of Berry Head, so I found the scenic photo's very interesting indeed.

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    1. The walk along the coastal path to Kingswear is spectacular but very long and a little too difficult for me I think. We walk part of it now and again, so I must bring my camera when the weather is good. I've yet to take a walk about Kingswear which looks very pretty from the ferry.

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  11. I love how you took us around a beautiful walk close to your home, describing each bit of it wonderfully! You do live in a fantastic location! St Mary's bay looks isolated and a fabulous place to explore. Thanks for sharing your walk with us Suzie :)

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    1. Thanks Lou, hopefully over the holidays we will get some good dry weather and I'll take the camera with me to St Marys Bay. There's a lot of steps and a lot of mud to get through and a drop of about 50m down and of course back up again! The beach used to be called Mudstone Beach, and with the shale as well its very prone to landslip.

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