Baggy Point

 

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I woke yesterday morning in need of a blast of fresh air. We headed back out to North Devon, specifically a section of the coast path around Baggy Point.

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I’ve mentioned it before, I know, but why is it that the weather forecast for our area is just so unreliable?

On at least two occasions recently I’ve had to run for cover in the garden even though, according to the Met Office, there’s less than a 5% chance of rain. Happy to accept that weather forecasting is not an exact science, but 95% wrong?!

It maybe wouldn’t be so bad if the Met Office were not based just up the road. Does the man who compiles the local forecast ever look out of the window? Does he not notice something wet falling upon him should he have reason to walk out to his car?

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Yesterday it was supposed to stop raining at noon.

So, when we left the pub at about 2.00 p.m. and started out on the walk, I left my waterproof jacket in the boot of the car.

 

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Hmmm..

I did take an umbrella though. Not totally stupid. We sheltered against a rocky outcrop until the worst of it had passed.

A Waitrose freezer bag emerged from Mike’s pocket. As a temporary camera bag, it would have to do. You can tell that he’s been caught out before.

 

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The island on the horizon is Lundy.

To give scale to these rocks, the little black objects perched on the side of the cliff (centre right of the shot) are people.. abseilers by the look of it. Rather them than me.

 

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Β Just follow me OK, and don’t look down

 

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I see no ships

 

By the time we had climbed up to the top of the ridge, the black sheep had started to graze..

 

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..out on a promontory, surrounded on three sides by the sheer drop, hundreds of feet down to the rocks below. I couldn’t watch.

 

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Turning back for home, a magnificent view of Croyde, where we had left the car.

The walk is only a couple of miles but it is spectacular.

 

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Beach huts at Saunton Sands..

 

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The beach there is totally stunning.

Next time!

 

 

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72 Comments

  1. countrysidetales September 9, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    The sky is the last photo is fabulous. What a beautiful place. Yesterday was a day of sunshine and showers here too, despite none being forecast (too much reliance on computers, not enough on eyes) πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      I love the way the sky was reflected in the wet sand too. It is an awesome place.

  2. jabblog September 9, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Beautiful scenery. I like the photo of the lowering sky and the rainfall in the distance. I wonder how many sheep plunge to their deaths each year?

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Hopefully having four feet makes them more stable. It probably doesn’t protect them from landfalls though of which, as the pictures show, there are many.

  3. wherefivevalleysmeet September 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos – the one with the black clouds coming in across the sea is so dramatic.
    We went to Lundy Island a couple of years ago – a very interesting trip. The trip was at this time of year, and the boat was full of twitchers – apparently thousands of migrating birds use Lundy as a resting place in the spring and autumn – the fog came down whilst we were there, so you couldn’t see them!!!

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      I’d love to go. But with an acute fear of water, boats are a no no. There is a helicopter that goes across from October to March. It would still be a scary crossing, but maybe better than the boat. It’s a great place for birds, especially puffins.

  4. Denise September 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Oh the weather! Having a laugh eh?

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Not as much rain as you guys!

  5. Jo September 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    It looks wonderful, such beautiful scenery. Rather the sheep than me though, you wouldn’t catch me standing where they were.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      We walked out onto a small headland, from where Mike took the first picture. I have to admit, it made me quite dizzy!

  6. Pauline September 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    You sound as if you had as good a day as we had! I so agree about the weather forecast, they are literally 5 minutes away from us, maybe they don’t have windows in their office!! There were some very interesting skies yeaterday, we were lucky, the rain missed us in Dorset.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      At least it was warm, which is how I came to leave my jacket in the car. When the sun came out it was glorious!

  7. Anna B September 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Ah i love those beach huts! One looks like it’s leaning over?! How lovely to love close by such a stunning place. I grew up by the coast and miss it so much. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      It does look like it’s leaning over. We tried to get down to the beach to get a better photo of the beach huts, but they wanted Β£4 for the privilege. It can wait until we have time to go back for a longer walk!

  8. snowbird September 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    What fantastic pics….wow, the place is breathtaking! I love the sheep shots and wouldn’t have been able to watch them either. I also love those little beach huts.

    Our weather forecast is usually wrong too…..xxxx

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      The black sheep furthest from the camera actually had it’s head over the edge.. my heart was in my mouth!!

  9. Denise September 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I love those black sheep! And I agree about weather forecasters. They barely get anything right in my region either. Might just as well work from a bit of damp seaweed and a pine cone!

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      I can provide them with both!
      P.S. Should it be ‘we headed back out’ or ‘we head back out’. Neither sounds right.

  10. Rosie September 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful walk, plenty of fresh air there I would think. I don’t think I could have watched the sheep either although they are very sure footed. The beach looks stunning too:)

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      It certainly blew the cobwebs away. And set me up for a good night’s sleep too.

  11. Jacqueline September 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous images Jessica and, as much as I LOVE hot, sunny weather, there is something romantic and dramatic about dark, heavy skies and rain { better stll when you’re prepared for it ! }
    You live in such a beautiful part of our country and you seem to embrace it fully. XXXX

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jackie. We must have made an amusing sight.. perched half way up a cliff with an umbrella.
      We don’t take days out nearly as often as we should. Getting better though!

  12. CHERYL September 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Marvelous photos from your wonderful walk. I love seeing the sheep especially the black, glossy ones. There is nothing like fresh sea air to revive your spirits and feeling of good health.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cheryl.
      So true! And I did need to walk off the baked brie that I had for lunch… πŸ™‚

  13. Mise September 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I came here hoping for a fine array of handbags, but was captivated by the beach huts and stayed to admire the scenery. If this is a clandestine beach-hut giveaway, please consider this an entry (pink door).

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      If I am ever rich enough to afford a beach hut to give away, you will be the first to know. And of course it will have a pink door. Maybe with an orange handle..

  14. Cumbrian September 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Try the shipping forecast, they’re often more accurate.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Especially as Lundy gets a specific mention. Good plan.

  15. ournewlifeinthecountry September 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Wonderful photos, and I can’t watch any animal grazing near the edge of a cliff or on the little ledges they somehow get themselves onto, much too scary.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      They seem oblivious though don’t they.

  16. woolythymes September 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    you do know, don’t you, that people spend thousands and thousands of dollars for such a holiday view!!! (thanks for sharing the journey!!)

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome Steph. Plenty of places in the States I’d like to see too… all of which will undoubtedly cost me dear!

  17. BadPenny September 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Oh how lovely. I adore Devon ( I was born in Exeter ) What surefooted sheep !

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Penny. Crikey, didn’t realise you had Devon roots.

  18. Vintage Jane September 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Brilliant pics. Croyde / Saunton / woolacombe beaches are favourites of ours and we try and camp there at least once a year so that my men can do a bit of surfing (while I read my book!).

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      I’d be a lot happier reading too!
      We haven’t made it as far as Woolacombe yet, but certainly will. September is a nice time to explore. The weather is (sometimes!) still nice but it’s a lot quieter.

  19. elaine September 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Fab-u-lous piccies Jessica – rain or no rain – it looks fantastic.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elaine.
      The big beaches remind me of some of your pictures from Norfolk. Wide open spaces and big skies.

  20. frayed at the edge September 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    What stunning views – although I would be so far back from the cliff edge, I wouldn’t see a lot of them! I had just hung the washing out in sunshine today, when a big black cloud appeared and dumped a heavy shower on it!!

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      You’d have been fine on the inner path, where we took the picture of Croyde. It’s well back. I’d have joined you too, when Mike insisted on walking to the very end of the headland to take a picture..

  21. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA September 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Wonderful photos. Even with the rain it looks lovely.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      The rain added an element of drama to the proceedings! Thanks Suzanne.

  22. CJ September 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I love, love, love this part of the world, especially Saunton Sands. We holiday there quite a bit. It’s only a couple of hours away, and I always think if I could afford a weekend home (which of course I can’t) it would be around here somewhere. Such a beautiful place, and your photos are stunning. I always love to see how far down the cliffs the sheep get. And I’m always convinced they’re stuck. They never are. Sorry it rained on you, but you did get a really good moody shot of a dark cloud. I’ve done the carrier bag round the camera thing before now.

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

      I’m looking forward to taking a walk on that beach..
      The sheep were amazing, reaching right over the edge to get at a particularly juicy bit. No fear!

  23. wherethejourneytakesme September 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures Jessica and you got home safely to share them with us! I have no head for heights these days so it is good to be able to view the cliffs from the safety of my computer chair!!

    • Jessica September 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      It would be a place to avoid in a high wind I think!

  24. nataliescarberry September 10, 2013 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Loved the photos and commentary. Would love to see all of that for myself. Blessings, Natalie

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Hi Natalie, thanks and welcome to rusty duck.
      If the climate were just a little more like Texas, then it would be perfect!

  25. haggiz September 10, 2013 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Lovely photos and what beautiful beaches… looks like a great walk. Julie x

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

      It was, must do it again! Thanks Julie.

  26. Anna September 10, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Must be great to be in striking distance of such glorious beaches Jessica. Those weather forecasters have problems in our neck of the woods too. Glad that I am not sheep – I’ve gone dizzy just looking at them.

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:17 am - Reply

      The sheep had the same effect on me. But if you’re a sheep there are worse places to live I guess!

  27. Anne @GtSlamseysFarm September 10, 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Have you noticed that the weather forecasters spend quite a while telling us what the weather has been like today – I guess that’s easier than forecasting. Spectacular views.

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

      They do! But for me it’s just an inconvenience. For farmers it matters. It must be very frustrating.

  28. Em September 10, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Today is meant to be great but huge black clouds are gathering over us and I fear the worst. I have a load of washing ready to go out on the strength of the forecast – I should know better.

    Fabulous pictures. I’ve never been so will make the effort, if not soon, next summer, assuming we have one again!

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Likewise Em!
      I regret that we didn’t have the time (or the energy) to keep going. Beyond Baggy Point is Woolacombe beach, I bet the view of that from the cliff top is spectacular too.

  29. Anny September 10, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Lucky I got my beach fix last month or this post would have had me turning emerald – as it is, I’m just a pale green. πŸ™‚

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      I remember the turquoise sea off some of those beautiful beaches you saw ooop north..

  30. colleen September 10, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Ah, Baggy Point. The name has been a joke here ever since many years ago we had a walking and sleeping rough holiday. We were young, I hasten to add and did daring things then. Rather like those sheep!

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      It does have an interesting ring to it! Apparently it comes from ‘bag’, meaning hole or cave. Like the two in the first photo, presumably.

  31. knitsofacto September 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Oh how I would love to have walks like that within reach … we have beautiful countryside here but the nearest coastal bits are far from rugged. We aren’t short of daredevil sheep though!

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      It’s a fair trek from here, meaning the Mr has to find a nice place to take me for lunch!

  32. Simone September 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Stunning photographs Jessica but I am rubbish with heights! I can’t bear to walk close to the edge of a cliff. How on earth do the sheep not lose their footing?

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      They were pretending to be goats I think! I held my breath on their behalf, even so.

  33. Sarah September 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Wow your pictures are so stunning! I wouldn’t have been able to get to close to the edge of those cliffs. You must be used to heights from your garden! That’s a great view of those beach huts too!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sarah. It did make me feel rather dizzy. But then so does the garden!
      It must be great to live close to the sea. I’d be down there every day if I could.

  34. Monica September 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    wow. I could do with blowing some cobwebs right now… Stunning view. “I need me some sea air”, as my little one would say.

    • Jessica September 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Monica, welcome to rusty duck.
      Still trying to hang on to that last bit of summer, if only by the fingernails now! Loved your posts from Cornwall too.

  35. Josephine September 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Just looking at that precarious ledge made my heart race πŸ™‚
    Gorgeous views of the sea, so serene and tranquil.
    *Sigh* how I miss Devon and all it’s beauty.
    Great day out….
    ~Jo

    • Jessica September 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      Jo, I envy you your climate… there is always something isn’t there!!

  36. Natalie September 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    WOw, what a gorgeous, gorgeous part of the world. I need to get back to England before too long. I love all the photos, but that first one is like a watercolour painting. Such beautiful colours!

    • Jessica September 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Natalie, and I’d love to see your colours in the Fall!

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