Friday, 21 June 2013

Week 7: Plymouth to Brixham - Day 46

Start Point to Dartmouth
13 miles
Word of the day: Clammy
Walked down to the beautiful Start Point lighthouse and sat on top of the ridge, enjoying the sun and sketching. The sea was calm and flat, beautiful sunshine - diamonds on the water. No other people around except for a couple of fishermen checking their pots. I could hear seals calling, birds flying close to the water, fishing made easier with the sea clear and still. A totally perfect day!

Stopped on Hallsands Beach for a paddle before walking on to Beesands for a cup of tea at the Britannia Shellfish cafe. Very hot today and initially windless, but the sea breeze came in at lunchtime for a while and helped to keep us cool. 

Had fish and chips at the Start Bay Inn at Torcross. Then called in on another artist friend Alan Jones in Stoke Fleming as the coast path runs just near his house. Rejoined the coast at Little Dartmouth and stopped on the ledges below Blackstone Point to sketch the offshore Blackstone Rocks covered in Shags. Finally made it to Dartmouth for a night with friend Vicky Maxwell in whose garret I used to paint!

Today was an odd day - the first on which we knew every part of the path well, very difficult to concentrate (not helped by the heat). 

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