A LONG TIME AGO.
A week or two later we returned on a warm and sunny day, it was completely unrecognisable from our first visit. The half mile or so walk down the tree lined lane (below) has some stunning coastal views. Around half way down the lane turns sharply left over a bridge, a footpath leads off right to Lee Bay and Bennetts Mouth, this walk is even more stunning but more than just a tad taxing, so avoid it unless your fairly fit. Carry on down the lane to the new lighthouse. This is not the original one that we first visited, that one was completely revamped in the late 70s due to subsidence, now it is fully automated and unmanned (before it had a permanent Keeper) on the day we revisited the keeper passed us in his car just as we arrived at the gate, he kindly offered to take us in and show us around.
Now I'm afraid the fog horn no longer sounds, due mainly to the noise and its political correctness I expect.
This is a view about half way down, looking toward Morte Point.Toward the left of this picture (click to enlarge) you can just make just out the footpath we took (nearly killed us) to come back.
Below Sue on the bridge I described earlier, looking down on Bennetts Mouth.If you are fit this walk past the Mouth to the little village of Lee is so scenic.
Below, This sign gives the address of the letting agent of the three ex lighthouse keepers cottages, these can all be rented. If you like to be away from it all, or enjoy nature watching or perhaps sea fishing these could be for you.
Below the entrance to the lighthouse properties, garages on the right,lighthouse just showing over the rooftops and the chimneys of the letting cottages are just about visible in the middle.
Below the New lighthouse.Letting cottages peeping out from below.
Below this picture shows the cottages closeness to the cliff edge, the whole garden and courtyard are fully enclosed for safety.
Below a rockfall this winter brought the cliff another 8 feet closer to the fence
As you probably guessed these photo's were taken on one of the few good days last week. We retraced our steps but this time from the lighthouse we cut across country and came out on North Morte camp site, this lovely site will be a future blog.
JOKE OF THE DAY.
A dog is truly a man's best friend.