Friday, 4 April 2014

A Walk To Sharkham Point

One of the most beautiful walks from Brixham has got to be the South West Coastal Path walking towards Kingswear. You are treated to blue sea, blue sky, birds calling, bees buzzing, and amazing coastal views across the English Channel.




We have walked up through Sharkham Village and are on the meadow heading towards 
the coastal path



Looking across towards Berry Head, Landscove Holiday Park is just behind the row of evergreen trees in the distance to the left of the photo


Just joining the coastal path here. It was a strange day because it was very warm but still looks like winter with no leaves on the trees or shrubs. We did this walk a few weeks ago and part of the path had been closed due to cliff erosion, taking some of the path with it.


This is the rock our house sits on, although we are about 250 metres back from these cliffs, you can just make out some of the houses between the trees. St Marys Bay is just below.


We have walked all the way around the top of St Marys Bay and are much further from the spot where we took the previous photo.


Sharkham Carvings



How many animals and insects can you spot in the carving above?


These beautiful tree carvings are situated all through Sharkham Village and down to the start of the coastal path




She's looking out to sea at the top of St Marys Bay



Looking back to Berry Head


We are almost at the highest point of Sharkham



......and these are the views over the other side, looking across to Man Sands, a beautiful secluded beach only accessible by foot




Sunlight twinkling on the water


Past Sharkham Point you can continue along the path towards Man Sands and on to Kingswear






We had a lovely walk in the warm sunshine. There are always plenty of people out using the coastal path even in winter (which it was in early March).

Finally all is calm and relaxed once again in our lives and we can sit and drink wine, rest, swim and walk to our heart's content. Hubby has just started his shorter working week too, it's been a long time coming, but he's enjoying it already. We are planning plenty of trips out each week and hope to go off to Living Coasts tomorrow (which is a coastal zoo and part of Paignton Zoo).

P.S. Congratulations to Network Rail for a tremendous effort in repairing the storm damaged railway at Dawlish. Here is a link to their website showing the repair works using a brilliant timeline video-well worth a look.

I wish you all a lovely weekend
SeagullSuzie

24 comments:

  1. Thank you for a wonderful virtual walk along your stretch of the coast. Such blues and greens!
    You live in a very beautiful part of Devon. Hoping that you can enjoy even more time out walking now that your OH is on a shorter week.

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    1. Thank you, I think this is one of the most beautiful places to live, with so much to see and such wonderful walks. My feet hurt we have been out so much!

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  2. Those carvings are amazing, and very beautiful. Love the picture of the sunlight twinkling on the water. Glad that the rail line is open again, it should make your travels much easier now! xx

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    1. Many thanks Amy. I love the carvings too, there is a dolphin carving further back in the village and some bear carvings made into seats. A lovely idea rather than turning these old trees into firewood.

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  3. What a beautiful walk!! And the weather!! Wow!! How different from a few weeks ago!! Network Rail have worked miracles to get all that work done before Easter. I wonder if the same men could sort the roads out as they seem to get a job done?!!! It's comforting to know Devon and further are within reach again! Still flood water laying around and about here, but passable now thank goodness. Hurry up Summer!!!

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    1. We've had great weather, apart from last weekend when it rained every day! There was no way Network Rail was going to fail, it was so important and do you know considering they worked in some terrible conditions not one worker has injured....which is brilliant.

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  4. Wonderful pictures we have only walked around Berry Head so we are not familiar with this wonderful coastal walk. The wooden carvings are lovely and your had a fantastic day of blue sky and sea. I'm glad your hubby has been able to reduce his hours . Mine retired three weeks ago and as I only work part time we are enjoying the benefit too of longer weekends. I was quite emotional watching the first trains rerunning through Dawlish again on the TV this morning. So good to see! Sarah x

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    1. How lovely Sarah to now have time together, we sat in the garden on Friday afternoon, had a drink of wine and read some magazines...it was great!
      Did you see coverage of the first steam train to go across...that was lovely too, lots of people out to wave it on.

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  5. Oh fantastic pictures of the wonderful coastline around you. Enjoy the calm.

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    1. Thanks, can't wait until it greens up a little more and the wild flowers come out, it will be a lovely walk again for different reasons. Our hawthorn trees are in leaf now, some plants have rotted and died due to the weather but all the trees are looking healthy.

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  6. What a lovely post - I felt as though I was on the walk with you :) Wonderful photos - I especially liked the one of sunlight sparkling on the sea :) The Sharkham carvings are beautiful :)

    Great news that the railway is up and running again. Look forward to reading of your trips out :)

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    1. Thank you, it is a peaceful walk and we could sit and look at those views for hours. Lots of walkers take the path to Kingswear, its a good 3-4 hour walk, and we often meet them resting on the view points along the way.

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  7. Cracking photos Suzie :-) The sea looks beautiful and I really like all those carvings. Fascinating about the rare limestone ecosystem too. Glad life has settled down again.

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    1. Thanks CT, the carvings are beautiful, such a good idea to have them along the walk. We do love that walk and when the breeze is up the sea is full of little sailing boats, it looks so pretty.

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  8. There is nothing to compare with a headland walk, a seascape on one side and undulating grasslands inland.
    I agree about the railway line - they have repaired it in record time, it looked an impossible task.

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    1. It did look impossible and after the Feb 14th storm I thought is was all over as there was even more damage. It's been a great success. Our breakwater is being repaired and from what we have seen the council workers have been doing a terrific job repairing the gardens in Torquay....everything looks pretty good to me.

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  9. I've loved this wander along the coast path! Such beautiful views in your super photos. I'm glad all is calm with you again. Hope it keeps that way.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, there are lots of rabbits and deer along here too and the insect life in summer is brilliant. I hope to capture some more on camera this year.
      We actually got to sit out in the garden together on Friday and just rest, drink and read...it was lovely!

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  10. Thank you for this marvelous walk you took us on Suzie, I loved each and every photo. Good to know the work on the railway line has gone well also, good for them! Those views are fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Denise, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was so weird it felt like summer it was so warm but the branches were bare.

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  11. So beautiful....made me want to jump in the car!

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    1. Hope you are getting some beautiful weather up on Dartmoor too Em. More of the same this weekend and the place is full of tourists.

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  12. Beautiful pics of the coast, it really does look quite idyllic :-) I hope you are well :-)

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    1. Thank you David, this walk is far away from cars and roads so it's a peaceful almost meditative walk, we used to go every Sunday morning with the dogs and off down to the beach at St Marys.

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