A STROLL ON THE SEA FRONT.
We then thought as the weather was still holding up that, a stroll along Teignmouth sea front would be pleasant. We parked on the sea front and strolled (very leisurely) along past the Pier taking a few pics as we went.There were an awful lot of people still about, probably after watching the annual boxing day walk in the sea.This event is done by all age groups for charities, most of those taking part dress up in some sort of fancy dress costume.80% of the people who actually go into the sea, only go in to around their knees, although there are always the brave ones who go the whole hog and SWIM !!!. On exit there is always a warm towel and a hot cuppa waiting them and of course the local inshore lifeboat is in attendance the whole time. I suppose this event has been happening for 10-12 years now, so attracts quite a good crowd.Anyway we reached the far end of the beach outside the "Lido" outdoor swimming pool, here there is an outdoor beach cafe (open nearly all year round) so a sit, a cuppa and watch the world go by was in order (Pss don't tell anybody but a bacon butty was also enjoyed, naughty naughty). We spent about half an hour there, then ominous clouds started rolling in, so we called it a day.
Above, the view along the sea wall towards Holcombe and Dawlish, taken just yards from our favourite sea front cafe.
Above, The wall further along, note how there is no safety fence along the whole 800-900 metre length.This area is used a lot by enthusiastic steam train spotters/photographers, as the lines are so close. The premonitory sticking up in the sea to the right of the photo is called "the Parson and Clerk" this until a few years ago had another smaller rock perched (obviously) on its top, nobody is actually sure when it fell off (in the last 10 years or so).
The photo above was taken while sitting at our table in/on the sea front cafe. You can see what a lovely day it was by the amount of people.
This photo was taken a few yards along from the car, I'm afraid I had to use this picture as I must have deleted the wrong ( and much better) one by accident, sorry about half in the shade!!. Its not too bad if you click to enlarge it.
The two pictures above and below are taken from the area in the middle of the sea wall walk to Holcombe, this area juts about 25 metres out into the sea and contains the welcome to Teignmouth sign, this sign is for travellers coming into the town by rail, This area is known locally as "Teignmouth letters "or " the letters".If you enlarge this picture you can just see the railway tunnel as it appears just outside Dawlish.As mentioned in a past blog I adore these fern like trees as they remind me of foreign holidays.