It had taken me a bit of time to get out again, the odd walk up to the local football field aside, I hadn’t been out for over a week. I’m not sure what it is, maybe I feel guilty for living close to open land, where walking is easy. As a result I’m not going out as much as I really could only out for one of these walks every week (similar to that of Dartmoor, if I was in work), with maybe a couple of walks to the local field each week. Its almost as if I’m reducing my daily exercise, to go out more when I do! Anyhow enough of that, this is a very good walk, which I’ve done in separate walks before, many years ago. This walk gives you plenty to see, and many differing terrains. You start across fields, then into woodland, then down to an estuary before climbing out of woodland to fields again. Next it is along a road, across fields and into woodland and then you see the estuary meeting the sea (English Channel), before you turn inland through a village and across fields again. In total this walk was around 7 miles or so but the changes in scenery made the walk feel like it was a few walks mashed together. As a whole these 4 walks I’ve done recently are as good as I can do, I’ve looked further east and I could go that way and walk around the Kitley area perhaps, or is that too far from home. We’ll see.
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A different starting photo, and direction. Normally in the distance on the hill, you would see the masts at Staddon fort. Not today though, the haze has come in thick, almost to a mist/fog around the coast
This is my local field, about 6 football pitches on this section, with another 2 off to my left and 2 rugby pitches around to the right. Its a fine walk around the outside of the field and I’ve enjoyed some lovely sunsets from here in the past few weeks, with all the fine weather. I’m heading to the far corner from this point
Sometimes close to home you find a little gem. I have seen this plaque before but it never fails to make you sit up straight and acknowledge what a hard time could feel like.
Hollacombe village is straight ahead. I’m heading into the woodland back left, the hazy grey stand of trees
Hollacombe Woods and plenty of bluebells
I had a stand here to watch the farmer on his tractor. He was negotiating the stream to get to the fallen tree. Which he loaded to take back for next winter no doubt
Into Wembury Woods
I loved this bridge, so unexpected at this point. The Woodland Trust have done a fine job here.
Down at “The Point”. This is Cofflette Creek and that is Steer Point opposite. I sat here and had a coffee
This is an amazing place, full of wildlife, very quiet and has that feeling of better things to come.
After a bit of a search i can confirm that this is an Egret on the left and a normal seagull on the right. The egret was doing its thing, looking for food in the shallows.
The path out of Wembury Woods was full of bluebells, it was hard to get a decent photo of them, and you never get the full colour that is clear with a naked eye
Bluebells, lots of ’em
Out of Wembury Woods now and normally that would be Dartmoor in the distance, but the hazy clag has put pay to that today, still a fine view over South Hams
Alms houses just outside Wembury village, built in 1682
A fine landscape around these parts
Spring continues apace for the natural world, if anything, it is doing just fine with us not around. I had started walking down the lane to Warren Point before branching off left to Clitters Wood. If you get the chance come down here in the spring, it is fabulous.
The Yealm estuary and some hideous haze. On the left is a part of Newton Ferrers. I’m heading down to my left here into the trees
Glorious paths through here, full of bluebells and wild garlic
And then the odd glimpse of the Yealm estuary, almost like a picture postcard
The end of the Yealm estuary. The English Channel is out there in the haze
Crikey, its thick out here. The Mewstone is barely visible out to sea, with Wembury Bay below
The entrance to the River Yealm with Gara Point on the right
St Werburgh’s below, but to be honest the coastal views were poor along here. I was glad to head inland from this point
The Odd Wheel in Wembury, a fine pub, fingers crossed it lasts
After a walk up Traine Road I was back to a spot seen on my recent walks.
And the field of rape seed. It is just past its best now for photos, but the yellow is still an amazing sight
Looking back to the fields crossed
Still very hazy as I make my way home on the final section
A familiar photo. A great walk today, so many different places. I loved the woodlands today, the bluebells being near their best and the estuary was fantastic. A joy, so close to home.