Carole & Cathryn’s Coastal Canter – Sunday 3rd February

Today’s walk followed the South West coast path from Broadsands to Berry Head and back via Churston Woods.

We started the day with bright sunshine and a frosty ground which turned the grass white in places and the muddy paths into a more manageable trail. 13 walkers left Broadsands – an unlucky number for the superstitious among us but we hadn’t gone far before a potential TBR newbie joined us for part of the way to make it 14.

Our route took us past Elberry Cove (famous for its seagrass), Churston Cove and Fishcombe Cove before passing in and around the historic fishing harbour of Brixham – one of the busiest in Britain. As we walked in to Brixham we were passed by some of the harbour seals on their way out – which enthralled us all. We decided to stop for coffee at the ferry port where a row of dry seats basking in the morning sun beckoned us. As the cake got passed round we were invaded by a group of Turnstones who entertained us by bravely hoovering up the crumbs at our feet. A second coffee stop was had at the breakwater on the other side of the harbour to support Brixham Gig Clubs fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy.  According to their facebook page they raised £330 in total.

Onwards from here we passed by Shoalstone outdoor swimming pool which had been the venue for a New Year’s dip at which at least two of our members partook  – something to consider for next year maybe!  Then onwards and upwards through the woods to Berry Head Nature Reserve where we were lucky to catch sight of some harbour porpoises before stopping for lunch. Berry Head is renowned for being a bit windy and it didn’t disappoint so we were pleased to get moving again back down into Brixham and up out again via the seemingly “101” steps to Furzham Road which lead us to Battery Gardens. Then through Churston Woods along the lane to Churston Inn and from here out across the golf course down the lane past Elberry Farm and onto Broadsands beach.

We were temporarily joined by another walker and another had hopped off in Brixham leaving 12 to cross the finishing line. Broadsands Bistro provided refreshments where it was lovely to be joined by Gail, Mike, Jackie and Hiliary. Around 11 miles in total.


Carole W