|Berwick On Tweed
||A quick walk round Berwick on Tweed - the last English town before heading into Scotland.
Probably didn't do it justice but saw some of the town walls that Elizabeth I spent so much on!
||On the advice of Scott C from work, we took the back roads to find Cheswick Beach.
Another top Northumbrian beach according to Scooby hound.
The beach was pretty much deserted.
May be that was due to the warning signs about unexploded ordnance and areas of quicksand?
We took the view that that was just the locals trying to keep the grockles from their favourite beach (is grockle the correct term up north?).
Anyway - we didn't explode or sink but maybe we turned round slightly earlier than we would normally have!
||Stayed at a lovely campsite just outside Warkworth - Walkmill Campsite - recommended.
Walked into Warkworth and had a look at the outside of the castle - my do English Heritage know how to charge!
Then tried a couple of the pubs in town.
The GPS looks as though it went a little crazy while we were in The Sun in Walkworth - that's understandable as the decor is really something. Not sure how to describe it - maybe a mix between Camelot and your favourite local. Still - surprisingly - a big "thumbs up" from us due to its friendly staff and the (huge) size and quality of our dinner!
|Demense Farm In Bellingham
||Heading west, we were back just below Hardrians Wall at Demense Farm campsite in Bellingham.
A campsite on another working farm, Lizzie may object to me mentioning that she complained about the cow mooing overnight.
|Aidan's fall on Hardrian's Wall
||A march along some of the best bits of Hadrians Wall. Sheltered behind the wall from a sudden rain/hail shower and felt very "Roman Centurion" like. Didn't feel quite so Centurion like when I slipped coming down one steep part of the wall and bounced badly on my side buggering up my back for much of the holiday!
Stunning walk though.
Then on to Vindolanda.
|Lligwy beach and Moelfre
||On to an Anglesey and the rather excellent Lligwy Beach.
Scooby happy that the "beach quotient" picking up again.
Then along the cliff top to the pub in Moelfre and back again.
The campsite we were staying at was good with a gate right on to the beach. However, the rules and regulations were a little OTT
Actually, we'd recommend the place but they do themselves no favours with their rules and regs so we went on looking for the more liberal parts of Anglesey (well - one can live in hope).
||A short walk around Alnwick,
Again, we were too tight to pay the entrance fee for the castle.
Mainly we wanted to see "Barter Books" - the second hand book shop in the old train station.
An excellent, excellent shop. Long may they flourish after Starbucks, Next and all the others have fallen out of fashion and had a quick bankcruptcy.
One can but hope - I could have spent hours in the place!
||On to Blackthorn Farm campsite.
A nice spot just outside Holyhead,
||Into Kielder Forest and up from Kielder village to Kielder Observatory.
Stunning view - but not of the observatory which unsurprisingly looked at little like a wooden box from the outside during the day time,
|Seahouses to Bamburgh
||First walk along the Northumbrian coast.
From just north of Seahouses along to just south of Bamburgh.
The Northumberland beaches are just as stunning as expected.
Scooby very impressed if this was to be the quality of the beaches for the next two weeks.
|Rhossilli and Llangennith beach
||In a holiday of stunning beaches, this was probably the best. Or was that Llanddwyn Bay? I don't know but this was a sure fire entry into Scooby's all time top five set of beaches. Or probably even higher.
|Conniston, Wray and Windemere
||Via Kirkstone Pass and Connistone Water and then on to Windemere.
An NT campsite on the shores on Lake Windemere.
A lovely campsite and a walk along Windemere and back past Wray Castle
|Walkworth to Amble
||As Scooby had seen the signs to the beach when we were in Walkworth the previous day, we had to come back to try the beach out.
Unfortunately, as we were heading on later in the day, it meant that we had to be on the beach before low tide.
To be fair, Scooby didn't complain too much but the "tennis ball bounciness" was below par compared to the rest of the holiday.
Walked as far as Amble looking for a breakfast egg & chips but reluctant to swim across the harbour just for a second breakfast.
|Dunbar and Belhaven
||Up to Scotland and to Dunbar.
Found a good campsite and Belhaven Bay just to the west of Dunbar.
The campsite backed on to Belhaven Bay - another excellent beach walk (not shown on the GPS track) for Scooby - his first Scottish one!
Watched a group of Scots getting married on the "Bridge to Nowhere" at Belhaven Bay.
Then an evening cliff top walk into Belhaven, past the harbour and then on to The Volunteer for a smoked haddock and mashed potato dinner.
|Hadrians Wall Campsite
||A comspite near Hadrians Wall - the middle bit!
||Down from Anglesey to the Gower Peninsula in south Wales.
Kennexstone Camping was a lovely spot on the south west side of the Gower.
The camp site and the Gower were so nice we slowed down a bit a stayed for three days,
||No doggie walk here but an absolutely stunning setting for our anniversary dinner outside a pub in the Lake District.
I thought the Lake District was about, er, lakes. This campsite was surrounded by crags and pikes and, let's be honest, mountains. A stunning setting.
Now known as Skyfall to Lizzie and Aidan (rather than the slightly more prosaic Skyside).
|North Lees Campsite
||An over night stop in the peak district - near Kinder Scout - on the way up north.
First injury to my back falling over pushing a stalled motor home out of a rut.
|Llanddwyn Bay and Island
||The stunning Lllanddwyn Bay on Anglesey at low tide.
A heatwave hit (for one day) and we went along Lllanddwyn Bay with the mountains on Snowdonia in the misty background.
On this day, with the heatwave, it was as good as any beach either Liz or I had wandered along anywhere in the world. And it was on Anglesey!
Skipping on past most of Ynys LLanddwyn island (dog ban until end of September) we wandered on a little to the next huge bay.
|Three Cliffs Bay
||The last of the beaches on Scooby's "Tour Of Britain's Best Beaches".
After 1650 miles and 16 days and ten beaches, our final beach was was at Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower.
Not quite all to ourselves and there were several thousand people doing a 14 mile walk for Macmillan Nursing.
|Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster
||Another day, another Northumberland beach for Scooby.
A great walk along to the evocative ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and then the excellent beaches at Embleton Bay.
Back via Craster where the famous smoked fish shop / restaurant was advertising an interesting take on Cullen Skink soup. Unfortunately, they were shut at the time...
|Lindisfarne - Holy Island
||A walk around the island of Lindisfarne.
The journey there was as expected with the road being a causeway accessible at low tide.
Once there though, any thoughts of peaceful contemplation etc were blown away by the huge crowds.
Skipping swiftly on past the priory and the castle (not least because we'd forgotten our NT cards), we yomped on to the north of the island which was much more pleasing.
Scooby's second Northumberland beach well up to scratch apparently.
||Scooby's second favourite beach in the whole world. We walked 5 miles - he probably ran somewhere between 15 and 20 miles. Scooby now crashed out asleep!
|Scooby at Perranporth
||After putting up with three days of canoeing, Scooby gets some recompense with a walk along Perranporth beach. We walked 5 miles - he probably ran 15 miles.
|Morthoe and north Devon coast
||A stomp around the North Devon coast on the only misty day of our stay at North Morte campsite
||Liz did plants. Scooby and I did reading and digging holes on the beach (maybe not in that order).
|Dinner at The Pandora
||Lovely fish pie dinner at the "Pan". After a nine mile walk earlier in the day, the drag back up the hill from The Pandora after dinner was just what Lizzie wanted!
|Lynmouth to Watersmeet
||A walk up the valley gorge from Lymouth to Watersmeet. Very like the Teign Valley from Dogmarsh Bridge to Fingle Glenn except bigger. Much bigger. Path detailed in the guide book didnt seem to exist.
|Flushing and Mylor
||A circular route to Flushing and back via Mylor Harbour
|Manacles, mines & Roskilly's ice cream farm
||A walk round part of the Lizard peninsula taking in views of the Manacles rocks, old quarries / mines and then, best of all, on to the farm that makes Roskilly's ice cream!
Some steep up and downy bits along the way.
|Mylor Bridge to the Pandora
||Lovely dinner at the Pandora Inn - first of the holiday. The 1 in 4 hill on the way back was a bit of an ask when full of Cornish Ratler and Gurnard (or Guiness and Mackerel in Lizzie's case)
|Helston, The Loe and Porthleven
||From Helston to Porthleven via The Loe (the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall held in by Loe Bar) and the Penrose Estate.
Porthleven nice but Liz noticed that 4 out of every 5 houses is a holiday let.
Liz enraptured with the Salty Caramel ice cream.
Porthleven is, apparently, the most southerly port in the UK.
|The Lizard and Kynance Cove
||Thought it it be nice to see the most southerly point in Engalnd in a force eight gale. Walking along a cliff top into a 40 knot wind with a less than bright hound on the lead turned out to be hard work! Glad it was a short walk.
|Looe beach to Malpas
||A canoe trip from Loe beack up pass Trellisick and King Harry Ferry on to just past Malpas (on the way to Truro). It was a bit windy - force 5 ish - so we didn't go all the way to Truro although we'd got up very early on a holiday day to catch the tide.
|Portloe and the Roseland Heritage Coast
||A rather long and rather hard walk (for us) as the last walk of our summer hols.
From Carne Beach on the south side of the Roseland peninsula, along the coast to Portloe and back via Veryan and Treworlas beach.
Longer than the guide book said and some steep hills! Not too scary on the cliff tops.
320 meters of vertical elevation apparently - no wonder we were knackered at the end!
|Hayle Towans and The Bucket Of Blood
||Scooby's beach holiday continues! In theory there are five separate beaches from Hayle (there are certainly five separate lifguard stations) but at low tide they all blend into one seemingly endless beach. Scooby chased the ball from one end to the other. The Bucket Of Blood is the name of a pub in Phillack, Hayle - we didn't stop there but the name makes a good title for the walk.
|Pandora anniversary dinner
||Sixteenth anniversary dinner at the Pandora Inn on the Fal. Only a day late but it was raining yesterday. Lovely food and the Rattler was good too. Sod of a hill on the way "home" when full of food and drink.
|Sunday morning breakfast at Mylor
||A walk along Mylor Creek to Mylor Harbour for breakfast. Sat on the beach and watched some boats getting surprised by how windy it was.
|Mylor to Flushing
||Mylor Harbour round to Flushing and then back up Mylor Creek. Top paddle! Very slight swell from SE winds when going along the shore before turning into the the Falmouth shelter.
|More creeks and kingfishers
||A paddle round the creeks of the Helford. More kingfishers today - in Frenchman's Creek. Lunch at Merthen Quay and then back via Polwheveral and Porthnavas creeks
|Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay
||Actually the GPS track is just of Mawgan Porth but most of Scooby's walk was at Watergate Bay which is one bay to the west of here and quite a bit bigger.
Good crab soup at the Beach Hut at Watergate Bay.
|Anniversary dinner at the Pandora Inn
||After the 6.5 miles yomp round St Anthony Head, another mile and half to the Pandora Inn for our anniversary dinner. Fifteen years married, 21 years together and 30 years since we met. Less for murder as they say (and Liz never reads this blog - I think)!
|Mylor harbour for breakfast
||From Mylor Bridge to Mylor Harbour and on past Restronguet Sailing Club
|Flushing and Mylor
||A round trip from Mylor Bridge to Flushing and then back via Mylor Harbour.
Very nice lunch at the cafe at Mylor harbour.
|Mylor Harbour to Trelissick
||From Mylor Harbour to Trelissick and back via Looe Beach. Tried teaching Scooby to swim at Looe Beach but he was too much of a wuss - even for strawberry ice cream.
|Quick paddle round Cawsand/Kingsand bay
||The forecast offshore north to north west turned out to be almost a southerly so there some small waves as we headed off from Cawsand to Fort Picklecombe. So we turned round and went a little way towards Penlee Point. A very short paddle overall but it broke up the drive home at the end of our summer holidays.
|Malpas and St Clement
||A shortish walk round Malpas and St Clement. Found a good canoe launching slipway just south of Truro at Sunny Corner Quay. Seafood platter for lunch at The Heron in Malpas was good.
|Rosemullion Head and Mawnan
||Round Rosemullion Head and back via Mawnan Smith. Lovely walk but the plan was slightly spoilt as the midges on the Head put paid to the idea of reading there for a couple of hours.
|Breakfast at Mylor
||Walk with wife and hound to Mylor for some breakfast. Then along to watch the kids from Restronguet Sailing Club playing "how many times can you capsize a Mirror" in the F5ish winds
|The Helford and Frenchman's Creek
||From Helford Passage via Frenchman's Creek up into Mawgan Creek towards the top of the Helford Estuary. A little windy on the way back meant plenty of exercise!
|St Anthonys Head
||Liz's second favourite walk. Around St Anthony's Head on the east side of the Fal Estuary. Scooby enjoyed himself immensely but had to be reduced to "two paw drive" when passing a herd of cows on the cliff edge,
|St Anthony Head hound walk
||Too windy for canoeing (F5/6 from the east) so a yomp with the hound around St Anthony Head. Top walk with just about the right amount of up and downiness.
|Creeks and kingfishers
||First canoe trip of the 2015 summer holiday. From Mylor harbour, a little way up Restronguet creek up past the Pandora Inn, on to Looe Beach and then back via Mylor Creek. Had a kingfisher with us for quite a way up Mylor creek.
|Sunny Corner Quay and the Tresillian River
||From the small Sunny Corner Quay on the edge of Truro round to the Tresillian River on the Fal Estuary.
Not too far today as there was a keen wind to be paddled against on the way back down the Tresillian.
|In Treguier - avoiding the winds
||In Treguier marina avoiding the forecast force 6 winds. Wandered around the rather lovely town of Treguier and bitched about the rather small marina showers!
Lovely crepes and galletes at, I think, Creperie Des Halles. First taste of the splendid Kir Breton
|Treguier - day two
||Second day in Treguier - preparing for the sail back to St Peter Port.
Moved the boat to a different pontoon to ensure an easier exit early the next morning - which wouldn't be at the recommended slack tide and now we were getting closer to Springs.
Provisioned at the local Wednesday market and even prepared a lunch on the boat (see the photos for proof). Still bitching about the size of the marina showers! I guess that means there really wasn't much to complain about in Treguier!
Top dinner - set menu - at the Auberge Du Tregor - recommend. As is their Kir Breton.
|In St Peter Port
||After the previous day's exertions, this was a "rest day" in St Peter Port ahead of the next day's early set off back to the UK.
Did the one-pound-round-the-island bus trip and got off at the south west corner to have another look at the fearsome rocks near Les Hanois light house.
Dinner at The Boathouse - top fish soup.
|Exe estuary to Brixham
||A sail down from SYC on the Exe Estuary to Brixham ready for an early morning start across to the Channel Islands.
The ship shown in the photos (the THV Patricia) was doing buoy maintenance on the buoys marking the wreck of the MV Emsstrom off Torbay. Wierdly, we saw the same ship come in after us to anchor off Dixcart Bay at Sark two days later.
|Perranporth in the mist
||A shortish walk along part of Pennaporth beach in the gloopy mist. Scooby, of course, played sticky stick the whole way.
|Fowey to Polruan
||From Fowey to Polruan on the Hall Walk. Across the upper car ferry and back on the lower foot ferry
|Exe Regatta Committee boat
||On a rather nice Westerly acting as the Committee Boat for the catamaran racing of the 2016 Exe Regatta. Knowing nothing about dinghy racing, we were pulling up and down various flags at the request of the endlessly patient PK. No real idea what most of the flags meant and I suspect a very goodly proportion of the competitors don't (I think they just listen for the alternate sound signals).
Still a very pleasant way to while away a Saturday afternoon on the Exe.
|Another day, another drift
||Bank holiday Monday promised a little more wind. There was some for about 20 minutes. Then Liz paddled us back.
|Short doggie walk at Seaton
||After the stomps of the last few days a short doggie walk at Seaton. Not short for Scooby as he chased the ball all over the low tide beach. Photos of the holiday home Liz used to stay in as a kid at Downderry
|Flushing to Mylor
||A Scooby walk from Flushing to Mylor for an expensive coffee! Returned just as the first rains for the predicted storm started to arrive.
|Moonlit walk to dinner
||A round trip from Fort Pickelcombe to the Devonport Inn.
Along the cliff path in the moon light. Romantic and muddy in about equal measures.
The Devonport was as good as old times. Good food, nice wine, friendly..
|Sark to Treguier, France
||A long downwind sail from the overnight anchorage at Dixcart Bay, Sark to Treguier in Brittany, France.
The wind was just about dead aft so lots of goose winging (with preventer set) and running.
We were going to go south of both the Plateau des Roches-Douvres and Plateau de Barnouic but Julian P on Kinfolk had the good idea to go between - there was lots of room for this when we looked at the charts.
This meant that we got to Treguier quicker than expected so we abandoned the plan to anchor in the lower reaches of the river and continued all the way up to Treguier. Treguier Marina has a fearsome reputation for cross tides causing havoc but as it was quite neapy we all moored up safely in the marina.
The pilot books make the approaches to Treguier sound very complicated but the "Grande Passe" route in was very straightforward - we'll leave the Basse De La Gainer route for another time!
Simon T's cat was attacked by dolphins just inside the fairway - I'm sure there's a Sun headline in there somewhere...
|Treguier to St Peter Port
||A long, hard "slog" back from Treguier to St Peter Port. The trip started with some wind against tide coming back down the river/estuary from Treguier to the sea. After this, the progress past Ile de Brehat was, as expected, very slow as we fought the now Spring tides (needs must to make the Guernsey tidal gates). The plan had been to again go between the Plateau des Roches-Dovres and the the Plateau de Barnouic. However, as we got close another look at the tidal atlases led to a re-plan and we eased off to go north of them and, as the wind picked up, we flew along with the stanchions and toe rails under water. With the wind just off the nose we didn't want to reef the genoa so we bounced along happily making progress towards Les Hanois. Getting close to Guernsey we changed to motor sailing to "make" St Martins Point and then up the Little Russel to St Peter Port. A long day's sailing!
Met up with Jonathan G (back from Gorey and St Helier) for a second night at La Scala. SYC yotties will be shocked to hear that the owner is selling up!
|Polperro to Talland and back
||A round trip from Polperro to Talland. Out along the coast path and back in land a bit. The hill out of Talland is a bit of a bxxxxr if you are old fat and unfit. No problem for me then...
|Fort Picklecombe to Cawsand
||Wet. Very wet. Amazingly managed to avoid the rain on this walk to one of the 2 pubs in CawsandKingsand that hadnt been flooded overnight. Excellent fish soup at the Rising Sun.
|Cawsand to Rame Head
||From Cawsand to Rame Head and back. Scooby pulled like a bxxxxxd much of the way especially when trying to say hello to the horses by the hermits cottage on Rame Head.
||Cawsand to Polhawn and along the cliff paths to the View Cafe (shut). Back via Wiggle.
|Fort Picklecombe to Cawsand and back
||A morning constitutional for Scooby before the rain came in
|Cawsand to Rame Head
||A drive from one side of Cornwall to the other to do Lizzies favourite walk.
The rain and fog from north Cornwall didnt make it down to the south coast to affect this walk from Cawsand to Rame head and back again.
|Fort Picklecombe and Mount Edgcumbe
||From Fort Picklecombe round the Mount Edgcumbe estate to Cremyl and then back over Maker Heights
|Zennor and scary cliffs
||What was I thinking? A birthday holiday in Cornwall going cliff walking When I have the teensiest problem with vertigo. However this was the only walk that had me wanting to crawl along on my hand and knees. I would have done as well if we didnt have our daft hound bounding along looking for rabbits and birds to chase. Survival was a pleasant surprise.
The views over Seal Island were spectacular and it lived up to its name with 6 seals on the island and another surfing in the waves below us.
|Helford and Frenchmans Creek
||A walk along the Helford Estuary, back inland and then along Frenchmans Creek back to the village of Helford
|Restronguet Creek and Pandora Inn
||A walk from Mylor Bridge to Restronguet Creek to the Pandora Inn. The Pandora Inn had burnt down since the last time we were here but has been sympathetically restored. Back along Mylor Creek to the Mylor Bridge
|Trelissick on the Fal estuary
||A woodland walk round the Trelissick estate on the Fal estuary. The last part of the walk was to the Iron Age fort and Roundwood Quay
|St Peter Port to SYC
||Up at the hideously early hour of 03:00 to catch the first of the tidal flow up the Little Russel at 04:00. A lovely clear night at 4am with all the navigation lights clearly visible. After Platte Fougere we "turned left a bit" to allow for the strong Spring tides. For much of the time the weather forecast was correct and what little wind there was was on the nose. However, the visibility was good making crossing the shipping lanes a lot easier than on the way out.
The photos of the Channel Light Vessel show an absolutely flat sea. The wind did pick up for a bit after this which made for a lovely sail with flat seas. A while north of the shipping lanes we were joined by about 6 to 8 dolphins for about 20 minutes. An hour or so later a much smaller porpoise made an appearance.
Amelie's engine held up well and we were back on the mooring at SYC by about 19:30.
|Brixham to St Peter Port, Guernsey
||A very foggy sail from Brixham in Devon to St Peter, Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The photos give an idea of how foggy it was.
Left at the hideously early time of 03:30 (to make the tidal gate for the Little Russel channel off Guernsey).
Left in thick fog that continued all across to the east going lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme off Casquets. This would have been more scary without the two AIS sets and radar spread across the 3 yachts. AIS data meant we had to alter course for unseen ships before the TSS but not actually in the TSS. By the time we got to the east going channel the fog had lifted to maybe a mile or two's visibility. This visibility continued until we started the tide assisted "sleigh ride" down the Little Russel at which point the fog came in with a vengeance. At this point the two, independent GPS chart plotters we had on board (one a hand held Garmin) were very reassuring. Roustel Tower came into view exactly where expected with just 100 yards visibility. The "pier gates" for St Peter Port harbour weren't visible until we were between them! Twenty minutes after tying up on the SPP waiting pontoon, the fog lifted!
In time for dinner at La Scala. The SYC "cruise in company" events are getting popular - there were 16 yotties from SYC at La Scala.
|St Peter Port to Sark
||A lovely sail from St Peter Port, Guernsey across to Dixcart Bay, Sark.
Having seen, from the sea, the high, narrow path from Sark to Little Sark (La Coupee - Google it) I'd never have thought that I'd actually walk across it. Worth it though for some of the photos taking looking back to Guernsey and Herm. The ship that can been seen in some of the photos of the yachts at anchor is believed to be the Patricia seen two days previously off Torbay!
|Maenporth Beach, Rosemullion Head and the Helford
||A walk from Maenporth Beach via RoseMullion Head and the Helford. Summer finally arrived on the last day of our summer holidays! Beautiful views from Rosemullion Head including some of the C Class catamarans preparing for their race series out of Restronguet.
|Rainbows and rain - Looe to Talland Bay
||A circular walk from Looe inland to Talland bay and then back along the coast path. Loads of rainbows - but then it was sunny and rainy. Quite a long walk for us given the ups and downs involved
|Scooby walk along Seaton beach
||A lowish tide walk along Seaton Beach so Scooby could have some ball chase practise
|Scooby eveing walk at Picklecombe Fort
||A short walk along the coast path for Scoobys early evening perambulation.
|Porthcurno and the Minack
||Yet another lovely Cornwall cliff walk - apart from the scary bits. Porthcurno beach is stunning and has made it into Scoobys top three beaches. The car park charges are a scandal though. Wild? I was livid.
|Lizzie birthday walk to Rame Head
||From Cawsand to Rame Head on a Lizzie big birthday. Drinking champagne at the end of Rame Head in a hail storm in January!
|St Just to Lands End
||An excellent walk from St Just to Lands End. Lands End was just as tacky as I remember it from many years ago and the cost of 2 singles and a dog on the 300 bus service back to St Just was just breath taking. But top walk overall.
Gwenver Beach which is a short walk from Sennen Cove makes it into Scoobys top 3 beaches list
|Cape Cornwall and Cornish mining
||Cape Cornwall is where the tides divide between the English Channel and the Bristol Channel. Apparently.
The post industrial Cornish mining landscape has been the subject of thousands of photographs but is still very impressive if somewhat melancholy.
|Picklecombe to King William dockyard
||From Fort Picklecombe to Mount Edgecumbe and then across the Cremyl Ferry to the King William dock yards. Fearnley Whittingstalls River Cottage Canteen wouldnt serve us. Something about a wet muddy dog. Their loss. The Stable at Mount Edgecumbe did us a lovely cauliflower soup and pampered Scooby with dog biscuits.