For the first time in months, Nik had a day of that doesn’t involve catching up on some chore. The sun was shining. So we took a drive along the coast to Bucks Mill, a tiny seaside village not far from Clovelly.
Luckily for us, we went in the car as there is nowhere for motor homes to park. A short walk from the Bucks Mill village is a little car park beside Bucks Wood. The entrance to this car park is so narrow you can only just a car through. There is actually a notice saying they don’t want anything bigger than a car using the parking.
As we weren’t sure what we would find in the village we started with a walk following a circular path through the woodland. This was the dogs could have some time without leads on. It was a lovely little 20-minute walk with quite a bit of steep bits. Whilst the walk is short it is quite hard on the legs. The track is narrow so you wouldn’t be able to take a pushchair. There quite a few other tracks, at least one is wide and gravelled.
Once we’d walked a bit of the bounce out of the dogs we followed the road down to the village. Yes it is down hill but the climb back up isn’t too steep. Bucks Mill is a very pretty little village that leads down to a shingle/pebble beach.
Walking down towards the beach we came across the ‘Cabin’. This was the summer home of two artists, Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards between the 1920s and 70s. Their work can now be seen at the Burton Gallery in Bideford and the V & A museum in London. The National Trust now owns the cabin.You can see why they gained so much inspiration there, as it is on the cliff edge and overlooks the sea.
Continuing down to the beach the dogs and I played while Nik took photos of a waterfall and investigated the remains of the limekilns. They sit just below the ‘Cabin’. Thought to date back to 1760s what is left to be seen isn’t unfortunately very much. However, there is enough to show how amazing they must have looked whilst in use. Unfortunately, Nik wasn’t happy with the results.
We then headed back up to the village to find the coastal path to Peppercombe. This is located about half way up the village and again not good for pushchairs or wheelchairs. It starts with a good twenty, quite steep steps and the path is very narrow. The signs pointed two and half miles to Peppercombe. As we still had plenty of day left we made that our end destination.
The day was very muggy and the first half of our journey was all up hill, mostly through a small woodland, so no coastal breeze to cool us down. There were also plenty of steps along the way just to annoy my very out of practice legs. The walk did level out at about the half way point for a short while before slowly making it’s descent to Peppercombe, and of course near the end of our journey there were steps, many, many steps.
We didn’t know what we would find at Peppercombe, we were hoping for a little café or ice-cream shop at the very least, as a reward for our efforts. It turned out to be a little valley that leads down to a little beach, backed by stunning red cliffs. Sitting on the beach feeling the breeze was wonderful. Only spoilt by the knowledge that we had to walk back up all those steps to get back to the car.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day but we were totally shattered by the time we got back to the car. The heat was part of it, but mostly Nik and I are terribly out of practice. It was quite a surprise to both of us to realise quite how soft our legs have become over the past few months. After all, Nik spends 12 hours a day running around a hot kitchen and I walk the dogs for at least 2 hours every day and swim for an hour at a time 3 times a week to stay in shape. Apparently, that isn’t enough exercise for coastal path walking, both of us had sore legs for a few days afterwards.
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