We had a walk this morning, something we need to do more often to keep ourselves reasonably fit, and so we drove to Ilsham where we could park the car away from the main tourist areas, and walked down to Meadfoot Beach. It was cloudy with some sunshine, and pleasantly warm without any breeze.
Ahead of us was the Headland Hotel which you can just see in the centre of this photo, perched on the cliff. Below, beach huts and a beach cafe, and there were kayakers in the water this morning.
The climb up to the hotel is a steep one, up many steps and winding paths, but it’s worth the climb for the view.
Once at the hotel, we sat on the terrace which has a fine view towards Berry Head, Brixham, and ordered tea and also a round of prawn sandwiches for husband and ham hock terrine for me.
A glass barrier marks the boundary of the hotel terrace with the path below (those aren’t crosses along the barrier, but supports for the glass barrier.)
I also ordered a portion of chips for us to share (I chose chunky chips rather than skinny chips – those tiny ones which are more fat than chip) but we only had about four or five each, and left the rest, we didn’t want a lot, just a few.
The terrace is a lovely place to have tea or coffee in summer, the hotel is mainly peopled with guests who are staying there rather than people like us who pop in for coffee, as it’s well off the beaten track, with little passing trade, which makes it all the nicer for us as there is usually somewhere to sit and it’s not crowded and noisy.
We then walked back the way we had come, down all the steps to the beach road and along to our car in Ilsham Valley. It does feel like autumn is here now, even though the fun fair is still on Torquay sea front and there are plenty of visitors in the Bay, but when I saw all the rose hips on the wild rose bushes this morning, I knew autumn was here.
Rose hips not-quite ripe
And some rose hips that are ripe
The view looking back towards Thatcher Rock from the steps up to the hotel
On our way back to the car, along the beach road (the large white building is Kilmorie, luxury flats, built in 1961)
The green area is Ilsham Valley where we park our car and from there we walk down Ilsham Road to Meadfoot Sea Road. Where you see the large E on the portion of map above, that is roughly where the Headland Hotel is situated. You can also see, on the far right the block of flats, Kilmorie, mentioned. All the roads you see above, Lincombe Drive, Middle Lincombe Road, Higher Lincombe Road, etc, snake their way around the wooded hillside of this part of Torquay. I think the names such as Higher Erith and Ridgeway Heights indicate the steepness of some of the terrain. Bottom left you can see the beginning of Daddyhole Plain where we were last week, looking out across Torbay, towards Brixham.
Trying my best to prolong summer, I took delivery of a book yesterday with a very summery cover.
Soon I will be thinking about books that are perhaps set in autumn! In the meantime I shall try and prolong summer as long as I possibly can.
Until next time.