Archive for August, 2009

Dinner at Stoke Gabriel, Saturday 22 August

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

We had a delightful dinner at the Church House Inn at Stoke Gabriel. We were 13 but the pub was not crowded. The picture shows our raft of moored boats. In the background is the trace of the tidal pool dam, just under water at this high spring tide: 5.2 m at Dartmouth. The return trip in the dark was uneventful. There was no moon, but we were guided by the cloud-reflected lights of Dartmouth, Torbay, Totnes and the intermittent sweep of the Start Point lighthouse. And by a flock of Chinese lanterns launched from somewhere in Dittisham.

Moorings at Stoke GabrielMoorings at Stoke Gabriel

tim P

The grand limestone scenery of Berry Head

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Berry Head cliffs

The contorted limestone strata of Sharkham point, near Brixham, have been exposed to weathering in ancient times, then covered by red sandstone and re-eroded. The headland is hollow, so that from sea level one hears the eerie booming of the swell breaking deep within the cliff.

Berry Head cave

The cliffs of Berry Head are famous climbing walls, with the considerable advantage that a missed grab will result in no more damage than a big splash.

contortedstrata with climbers

Berry Head is 12 km from Dartmouth, from headland to headland, so it is an easy day trip by sea kayak, though long sections of coast offer no landing places. Another 2 km gets one to Brixham (though there is a tide race around the headland) where there is road access for one way paddling.

tim P

Combe rocks

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Whatever the weather, the rocks provide a tiny calm place by the low tide beach, which is accessible by a steep path leading to the coastal path west of Dartmouth.

Combe rocksCombe rocks