Sunday, 1 April 2012
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside
On Thursday we took a train down to Teignmouth on the South coast of Devon.
The weather was fantastic and because it was only March it was very quiet. After booking into a B&B for the night we set off to walk to Dawlish which is the next town along the coast. The train track from Teignmouth to Dawlish runs right along the sea front with a path at the side
You can just see a tunnel in the rock ahead for the train, at which point the path goes under the track then up over the cliffs. This is the view from the top looking over to Dawlish
Coming down into Dawlish and there's a train just coming from the station
A brook runs down the middle of the town which is home to black swans which are the town's emblem.
It was really odd when we got back to Teignmouth and the shops had shut up for the day because it seemed like Summer not Spring.
The next day we took the little ferry from the other side of Teignmouth across the river Teign to Shaldon.
The water was so still
We continued along the coastal path, which in contrast to yesterday's walk which was mainly flat with a few hills at the end, this was all up and down.
This is looking back at Teignmouth. The boats are where we crossed over in the ferry
Some parts were incredibly steep but it was hard to capture on a photo. In this next one you can see two people in front of the tree on the left. If they were at the bottom of that hill they would be just specks.
The beach in that photo is Ness beach which can only be reached by a tunnel which is 60 metres long. It's an old smuggler's tunnel but has lights in it nowadays.
On our way back we went to have a look. Here is the tunnel emerging