Sunday, 18 November 2007

Devon Snapshots 2

Otterton Round Walk
This is a round walk of about 6 miles, depending on what point you chose to leave the Coast Path. The walk begins in the village of Otterton, on the west side of the bridge, following the river and heading south. Cross the river at the road bridge near the river's mouth, where there are good views across to Budleigh Salterton. The path curves left and rises to the cliff tops and the panorama of Lyme Bay and the English Channel. It is worth walking as far as the beach at Ladram Bay, through the rather ugly caravan park, as there are striking sea stacks there. The route then turns inland via small roads and back to Otterton.
The Bridge at Otterton

The Mouth of the River Otter

The Coast Path

Ladram Beach

Friday, 16 November 2007

Devon Snapshots 1

Branscombe to Beer
This short walk is one of the most beautiful on the South East Devon coast path.
It can be done as a circular walk and is best done by walking the undercliff coming from the Branscombe direction. Take the overcliff section when coming from Beer as the ascent is more gentle. The path on the Branscombe side is a steep flight of steps.
If you are starting from Branscombe, park in the beach carpark (£1) and take the coastpath, on the left, to Beer (2 miles). After about 1/3 of a mile the path forks. Take the right hand fork which goes through a caravan park and leads to the undercliff. The path re-joins the overcliff path after about 1 mile and then continues on down to Beer.
The Undercliff

View towards Branscombe with the 'Napoli' in the bay on the left

View towards Beer