Now the difficult bit. So far I have visited every one of the settlements on our coastal trip, taken the photographs and written the blurb, usually in the evening as I rest in some random B&B or small hotel. But Salcombe was as far as I got on this leg. I still have two sections to cover – Cornwall and the North West coast of England. I had planned to do these in 2020. In fact, I was due to travel around Cornwall over Easter but Covid-19 put paid to that. (Sods Law: the sunniest April since records began!!).
So, my followers, this is the virtual bit. To continue with our trip around the UK, I am using a number of Tourist board websites. I will use their images and their blurb. Read and look with caution, as it might all seem a bit rosy compared with reality. Here we go:
Hope Cove visitsouthdevon.co.uk
Hope Cove is made up of two sandy beaches in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Mouthwell Sands to the north is the nearest beach to the car park. The longer Harbour beach sits just to its south. The two are easily accessible and it’s worth exploring them both if time permits.
Thurlestone is a beautiful coastal village with a most dramatic coastline. Originally a tiny coastal hamlet, Thurlestone is now home to a gloriously sited hotel, a popular golf course, and a variety of accommodation for permanent residents and visitors alike. The beach and South Milton Sands provide beautifully clean areas for swimming, surfing or rock-pooling. Nearby is Bantham Beach with a pretty estuary and dunes to explore.
Bigbury-on-Sea beach is ideal for family holidays. Dusted with sand and lapped by shallow waters, the beach offers safe fun for groups particularly if you’ve got children in tow. In addition, It is dotted with rock pools, so there’s plenty of entertainment for budding marine biologists who like to explore.
Wembury is a great place to visit if you fancy some rock pooling adventures or wildlife hunting. The Devon Wildlife Trust oversees the Wembury Marine Centre situated nearby. Wembury has a safe and popular beach administered by the National Trust, who also run a car park and cafe.
Bovisand beach is a sheltered bay of yellow sand with cliffs either side. Located within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is popular with locals and families. There is a large expanse of flat sand when the tide is out, ideal for ball games and warms the water with the incoming tide, and is perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Plymouth is a port city. It is known for its maritime heritage and historic Barbican district with narrow, cobbled streets.
Plymouth Hoe, referred to locally as the Hoe, is a large south-facing open public space in the English coastal city of Plymouth. The Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands views of Plymouth Sound, Drake’s Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word Hoe, a sloping ridge shaped like an inverted foot and heel.
Sutton Harbour is home to the National Marine Aquarium, where sharks and rays glide in a deep tank. Also, in the harbour are several marinas and a fish market, the Plymouth Fisheries. The Mayflower Steps are where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620.