Archive for October, 2011

Lunch at Blackpool

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

The Dartmouth Yacht Club sea kayak fleet of P&H Delphins puts out to sea with destination Blackpool sands. The Venus cafe offers refreshment, but the steeply shelving shingle beach can be a hard landing in a south east wind, so it is best to take emergency rations. However, the cafe has slatted chairs, in case of a wet entry.

Picture by Tim Freeman

The Ditsum Sargasso

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

On a windless, foggy October morning one can safely paddle out of sight of land on Dittisham pool to enjoy the eerie sense of being enclosed in white space.

ditsum sargasso

But right in the middle is a line of turbulence where the flood tide rises over a submerged sandbank and meets another flow of water coming from the opposite side. The vigorous eddies collect all the river debris of leaves, branches, bottles and bags.

ducks at galmpton

As the sun burns up the mist, other paddlers emerge against the lovely landscape of the Greenway promontory.

torpedo house

The quiet sea, the low spring tide and the low October sun give a rare opportunity to explore a ruin of the wartime defence of Dartmouth. This is the torpedo station which guarded the harbour entrance.

torpedo house interior

The sunlight reflected into the gloomy interior reveals the hasty wartime construction laid over the finely detailed granite sea wall built around the tower folly.