Orcombe Point, Exmouth
I had an early start today because breakfast was served at 7:30am. At the end of the seafront promenade I came to Orcombe Point, a place of special significance for Jenny and me. It's a private place with lots of parking and very dark at night so I'll leave why we remember it to your imagination.
When I climbed up the headland above Orcombe Point I came to the Geoneedle, a monument marking the start of the Jurassic Coast which is rich in fossils and is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The weather was perfect for walking; a mixture of cloud with sunny breaks, a cool breeze and a lower temperature. The path to Budleigh Salterton was a pleasant mix of gradual ups and downs with level walking in between. I arrived in Budleigh at close to nnon and stopped at a seafront cafe for a coffee and a toasted teacake. When I was served the teacake I was warned "Watch out for the seagull." I went out to a table and started to eat my toasted teacake but when I put it down to put cream and sugar in my coffee a seagull swooped down and grabbed half of my teacake in his beak. Well this bird hadn't reckoned with a startled and angry Canadian. I gave chase and scared the bird enough that it dropped the food which I recovered. Then, much to the amusement of the onlookers, I ate the remains of the teacake.
I originally intended that Budleigh Salterton was my destination for the day but I was so early I decided to continue on to Sidmouth. The walk along the Otter River was flat and pleasant and it went by the town's cricket ground. This beautifully maintained cricket ground devoted only to cricket really impressed me because the population of the town is only 5,500.
The cricket ground at Budleigh Salterton
From the river the walk was more strenuous but manageable. I arrived in Sidmouth just before the information centre was closing but I was just in time for them to help me find aB&B for the night. The B&B was on the other side of the River Sid which vehicle traffic had to cross through a ford. Fortunately for me there was a footbridge for me so I didn't have to take my boots off.
The ford across the River Sid at Sidmouth
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