Hilary’s Beesands Circular – Sunday 13th May

It was a glorious sunny day at Beesands for the 17 walkers who trusted Hilary to lead them on a beautiful walk with stunning views and plenty of fun. She did not disappoint.

A member who normally walks with the Saturday group and an ‘old’ member who hadn’t been able to walk with us for a while, were given a welcome, before we set of toward Start Point.

At Hallsands some people went to look at the viewing platform, which gives the history of the village that got washed away. There was a very light shower at coffee time and with that out of the way we had sunshine for the rest of day. We had coffee  over- looking Start Bay with the lighthouse in front of us. It was quite chilly here and we hunkered down amongst the gorse, which was vibrantly yellow and smelt of coconut. Later we had the honey smell of the bluebells. Wild flowers filled the hedgerows and verges along our route, all day, awesome.

After coffee we walked along the coast to East Prawle,  taking in Harriet’s Beach and Woodcombe Point. Lunch was taken overlooking Lannacombe Bay at Malcombe Point. Ginger cake was passed around baked by Karen’s own fair hand, Delicious as usual. Thank you.

After lunch we walked to East Prawle where toilets and the pub were made use of. After a group pic, we walked back inland through lanes and fields. The leaders one aim was to avoid a particularly muddy patch, so there was much discussion about where to go, but all was well, as co-leader found a lane that did the trick. This lead us eventually to Hallsands once again and we retraced our steps back to the cars.

After 12.5 miles people were footsore and tired, so the refreshments taken at one of the 2 waterholes at Beesands were very much appreciated. Thank you to my co-leader Karen, to my excellent back marker Adam and to a fantastic group who were very easy to lead.

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