The ferry and ferryman on the River Avon
The walk from Bigbury On Sea to Hope Cove started with a short walk to the ferry that crosses the River Avon. The ferry only operates from 10:00am to 11:00am and then from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. It crosses from Bantham to the Bigbury side and back. To get service you have to get the ferryman's attention by shouting and waving and when he notices you he comes across to pick you up. The ferry is a row boat with a very small outboard engine. The walk from Bantham was reasonable with some tough climbs at the end. The weather was good with a clear, blue sky, high temperature and an appreciated sea breeze. Walking past Thurlestone Golf Course was interesting . It seemed to cover a lot of land and part of it appeared to be a links course.
This part of the South Devon coast is a very popular destination for holidaymakers because of its warm climate and sandy beaches.
Hope Cove beach and The Cottage Hotel
When I arrived at Hope Cove I stayed at The Cottage Hotel which wasn't a cottage but it did provide a good all inclusive B&B rate with dinner, bed and breakfast all included.
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