Saturday, 24 May 2014

Week 8: Torquay to Abbotsbury - Day 53

Charmouth to West Bay
9 miles
Word of the day: Meadows

Went for the healthy option at breakfast this morning - no fried food but not sure if croissants are any better! After being heckled by an OAP in Charmouth ("'allo ramblin' hikers - what have you got all that kit for?"), a long slog up Stonebarrow Lane brought us out onto the cliffs above St Gabriel's Mouth. Beautiful sunshine and blue skies today. Stopped to sketch Golden Cap from the west with Portland clear on the horizon.

Puffed our way to the top and had lunch whilst sketching the coast spread out beneath us like a map. Met 18 members of the Hallam Community Youth Club (Walking Section) who were having a fabulous time on one of their biannual walking holidays. 

On the way down to Seatown I stopped to sketch some trees - the ice cream at the bottom of the hill was gorgeous. Up and over more roly poly cliffs to our final nights rest for this week. West Bay is a hotch potch of architectural styles but the place is dominated by the brooding presence of the East Cliff - featured in TV's Broadchurch and the title sequence of Reggie Perrin. Even when you're lying in bed you can feel the cliffs - just waiting!

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