Log No 291. Mon 21st Apr 2014 - Exmouth to Beer, 18 miles (4448 miles walked)
Todays forecast was for cloud and a few showers and when I left at 08.15 it was dry enough not to need any waterproofs on.
It was an easy walk along the clifftop going through the big holiday park then a steady climb up followed by a steady descent into Salterton with it's pebble beach.
After a small detour to get round the River Otter I was back on the rolling clifftop and the weather was improving.
Looking back to Salterton
I had been going for two hours and I was needing to find somewhere to sit for a food stop. The first bench I came to was at Brandy Head.
From here the red cliffs of Devon's Jurassic coast really stood out and I had a clear indication of the walk ahead of me.
The coastline from Brandy Head
Unlike the previous days the route was along the top of the cliffs rather than on the side of a slope and the climbs & falls, although high, were generally long steady gradients.
I dropped down to the next holiday park at Ladram Bay.
All the bays seemed to have pebble beaches and the beach here was at the bottom of the vertical cliff.
I climbed up through grassy fields and a small wood to High Peak.
The coastline to Sidmouth from High Peak
It had turned into a fine sunny day with no sign of the forecast rain and it was warm work going up the hills.
It was along the top for a bit and then a steep descent through another small wood to the road into Sidmouth.
Looking to Sidmouth
The sea front promenade had to get round a rocky outcrop and the soft rock was full of inscriptions of one form or another.
The sea front path at Sidmouth
I had some lunch on a sea front bench before starting the next climb up Salcombe Hill.
It was down to Salcombe Mouth, up Dunscombe Cliff then a steep drop right down onto the pebble beach at Weston Mouth and right back up Weston Cliff.
The coastline to Branscombe Mouth
For a change there was a good level section before the next drop down to Branscombe Mouth.
It was a sunny Easter Monday and there were a lot of people about and a surprising number prepared to climb up these hills.
I was nearly done for the day with my campsite at Beer just over the next long steep hill.
Looking back from Beer Head
For the first time today the Coast Path didn't go all the way up the hill but turned off to go through a static caravan park in the side of the sloping cliff.
The path continued along this slope eventually climbing up to rejoin the main path on the clifftop.
The campsite was just round the corner from this last headland, Beer Head, and I got there at 16.15.
18 miles in a relaxed 8 hours.