Finally some sun in November. It feels like it has been years since I last had a good November walking day. This one was perfect, no wind, cold to start but warming as the day went on and a haze that only appears at the start or end of winter. The sky felt liquid, photos were hit and miss and long distance view were not going to exist today. But such a good walk. It was short, but then again so are the days now, some of the walk was through towns which always means road and tarmac walking, but between Teignmouth and Dawlish, on this route, there are some fine views over valleys and green pasture. However the highlight is the coastal path, this is a section which a lot of people will have seen via the train. Its the best section of train line in this country, comfortably, and I will fight anyone who wishes to argue against it. However to walk it, is to take it up a level, I didn’t walk it, I ambled, I sauntered, I took my time. Because this is just brilliant walking. Lots of people head out to this spot and the tide needs to be taken into consideration. Don’t go on a high tide, ever. The sea can consume the path and you with it, however on low tide there is a beach one side and a train line on the other side. Yes parts of the coastal path head inland and then back to the sea, twice in fact after Dawlish, but it makes the sections along the sea wall all the more special. Come and have a look you will agree with me.
Start – Teignmouth Car park, the one by the ferry
Route – Teignmouth – Holcombe Down – Dawlish- South West Coastal Path – Horse Cove – Holcombe – Spray Point – Teignmouth
Distance – 8 miles Start time – 9.30am Time taken – 4hrs 30mins Highest Point – Near to Holcombe Down 180 metres