September 26th, 2012

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Summer holiday part eight - Start Bay and Glastonbury

After the journey back from Wales there were only a couple of days left before Rebekka's return to Switzerland. We had done so much, yet there was so much more that I wanted to show her. When she first mentioned coming to visit she said she wanted, among other things, to spend some time on Exmoor. Well, there wouldn't be enough time for that. Coming from land-locked Switzerland, I knew she had a passion for the coast, so the next day we headed down to an area that is very special to me, Start Bay in Devon.

Many years ago, I used to help with a party of children from my local village school, in a field centre there, for a week every summer. It was hard work, but always enjoyable, and in such a great area to explore and do stuff. Since then I have always loved the area and have tried to spend time there every year. The coastal, cliff walks are brilliant, the scenery gorgeous and very different to what I'm used to, and the fresh sea air invigorating.

We headed first for the Cider Press Centre at Dartington (where I bought a long-yearned-for pizza cutting wheel in the cook shop) before carrying on to Slapton for a pub lunch. Then, fed and refreshed, we drove on to the coast and round to the tiny village of Beesands. From there we struck out along the coast path to Start Point lighthouse. It took a couple of hours to get there, a couple of hours filled with stories, fascinating views, tough uphill struggles and delightful sunshine with a gentle sea breeze to keep us sane.

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