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A Walk and a Climb

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.


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Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. Another delightful outing Margaret, thank you for taking us along.
    I so enjoy your photos and feel as though I was there with you.
    Pam in Texas.x

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      It was a nice walk, but there was a purpose to it, too, Pam: for exercise! the climb up the steep flight of steps would give the heart a work out! I was puffed but I’d have been puffed at 20 going up those steps, never mind the age I am now! You’d have enjoyed the lunch and the view, I’m sure.

  2. A lovely walk and a good workout all in one 🙂 We had a brisk walk this morning – we were looking after one of our granddaughters for the day and took her out on her little bike with stabilisers. Might be a small bike but she could still go faster than we could walk! She’s very good though and waited at every pathway intersection to see which way to go. We’re lucky we can walk round the estate without going near a road. We finished up at the park so she could go on the zip wire and swings etc. We felt like we’d had some exercise even if she didn’t;)

    There is another strange name and email addy below this post. I looked at your previous post before this and there was nothing in that one. I know you are aware of it, but thought you might want to know it’s still happening. It’s a Kate M today. If they are genuine names and addresses I don’t suppose the people concerned want them visible.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I wish I knew what I might do about these strange names and their email addresses appearing, Alison. I will mention it to my computer man, I need to see him about other problems I am still having with email.
      Yes, a walk and a workout all in one, and I need to have more of these workouts, too, to keep (or rather to get) healthy! It was often too cold to walk in winter and too hot to walk in summer, and so in this in-between season of approaching-autumn, I must try and walk more to get a bit fitter. How lovely to go out with your little granddaughter with her bike, I’ll bet she enjoyed it, too.

  3. I’m also trying to stretch out our winter-that-wasn’t-really-a-winter. Our daytime temperatures are about 19-22 degC with blue skies and low humidity. Divine. I also did a fair bit of walking yesterday – taking our dog to the local dog-friendly beach so he could romp along the sand and meet up with other dogs in the morning and then some errands later in the day. I enjoy walking, both as a form of exercise and as a means of transport so make the most of this lovely weather we’re having. It sounds like you’ve been getting a lot of exercise with your hilly walks both today and in Brixham.

    Like Alison, I can see someone else’s name and email address appear below the comment section. In this post and the previous post only today. I know you’re aware of it but thought I’d mention in case it helps your IT person detect a pattern.


    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      How lovely for your dog (and yourself) to have a beach walk in such lovely weather, Lara. Make the most of this mild weather. We have been ‘promised’ warm weather this weekend, and it could rise to the high 20s in London (but not here in Devon, I don’t think!)
      Yes, this addition of names and email addys is really strange, but I will try and solve the problem and get these names removed.

  4. I do wish I was by the sea right now. i find it the very best de-stresser there is.
    It’s very autumnal here too. Now I love Autumn; I’d go as far as to say that it is my favourite season, but not in August! We’ve not been to the Headland Hotel – one for the list. I also dislike skinny chips, preferring fat ones which actually taste of potato.

    Like the other ladies, I also have an unknown name and email below my comment. It’s easy enough to overtype but a rather strange thing to happen.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, I love living by the sea … I’ve said it before and I expect I’ll say it again, Eloise, but my mother (a Lancashire Lass) said, long and often (after moving to Devon) that it was worth having one meal less a day to live in Torquay. She absolutely loved her adopted county.
      You are right, autumn is a lovely season but we don’t want it in August. This used to be a lovely month, warm and sunny, but right now it looks like the end of October outside although it’s not really cold.
      The Headland Hotel was once the holiday home of the Russian royal family, the Romanovs. And in the 1950s and 1960s is was a Workers Education Association holiday home. It is where our son and our daughter in law were married two years ago, and is now a very attractive hotel, and lovely for a snack meal outside if the weather is fine.
      I really think this name addition to comments is very odd indeed. If you can take a photo of it and send it as an email attachment, Eloise, I will try and send that to the chap at Fiverr who has retrieved my blog for me.

  5. Meadfoot beach I know it well, many moons ago I used to come down to Torquay with an ex and spend many a summer in your neck of the woods between 1976 and 1996,beautiful places to visit. It’s getting autumnal here but it is my favourite time of year,I love Autumn especially when the colours of the trees start changing.Like the previous ladies I too can see somebody else’s name and email address.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      How lovely that you know Meadfoot beach and that area, Margaret! I love that area as, although so close to Torquay harbour, few visitors to the area ever find it. I like autumn, the colours can be wonderful, but as it heralds the next season – winter – it is not my favourite season, which is spring. And you are another one with somebody else’s name and email address attached. This is truly awful, if you can take a photo and email it to me, Margaret, that would be helpful and I can then try and send them to the person at Fiverr who has helped me with my blog, and he will try and sort out this problem.

  6. The mystery name and email address have now disappeared:)

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      This is really weird. I am unable to do anything, but as soon as someone sends me a photo of their screen with this on, I can send that to the chap at Fiverr and he will try his best to stop this happening, Lara.

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