Sunday, June 11, 2006

A stroll from Budleigh Salterton to Otterton Mill and back.

Have been on third walk with half a dozen mates (mostly from bookclub)- this time to Budleigh Salterton and up alongside the River Otter to Otterton Mill, where we all sat in the sun and had very pleasant lunch and pleasant conversation. New territory for me - never explored this part before. On the way back along the cliff tops, we encountered a herd of young bullocks who were very curious about the herd of humans invading their territory - I had to rescue Tilly who is seen here looking rather worried.
There is a 'hide' along the river where you can Ispy all kinds of sea and estuary birds - today, there were ducks, gulls, egrets and herons...
When we returned to the seaside it was SOOO hot I braved the sea - agonising walking down over those pebbles, very glad friend brought shoes down to shore line to enable rapid escape. The sea was bitterly cold - despite young lad frolicking in the shallows assuring me it got warmer! Everyone else watched my foolhardiness bravery from the comfort of the cafe, and waved (sensible lot).
C & C are organising the next stroll - wonder where it'll be? This was my first walk of any distance on the 'sprained' ankle (which is still swollen) - t'was fine, and I think I'm fit for the South West Coast Path, which my sis and I set off on tomorrow. St Ives here we come!


Rain said...

Look at that view. I'm not surprised you went for a paddle, it looks so inviting.

Flutterby Butterfly said...

This is my adopted home territory! It's such a beautiful walk (we're just one village further up the river - Colaton Raleigh) one which I and Carter (my water baby goldie) do occasionally. I'm being honest here as most of the time we drive to Budleigh and just mooch along the sea!! Fabulous views, and I've not tried the sea this year as yet - perhaps this week!