Forget-Me-Knot Cottage

South West Coast Path Adventures – Brixham & Beyond

23May

South West Coast Path Adventures – Brixham & Beyond

 

I recently had a stay at my lovely Cottage in Brixham ‘Forget-Me-Knot Cottage’ with my friend Susan and her black lab Ben, we explored the South West Coast Path over 2 days and I have shared our adventures below!

 

The adventures of two female intrepid explorers and a black lab named Ben…

Brixham Pirate Festival

We arrived in Brixham on a sunny but cloudy Tuesday afternoon and after a cup of tea and me giving Susan the grand tour of pretty ‘Forget-Me-Knot Cottage’ we quickly unpacked our things and took Ben the Black Lab out for some fresh sea air and exploring in the sunshine. We headed down to the harbour via  Temperance place steps, meandering past the remnants of Brixham Pirate Festival weekend which had ended the day before, we stopped and grinned at the skeleton figure hanging in a basket over the harbour – ‘poor dear soul didn’t make it out’ we joked as we made our way around the quayside.

Susan my holiday companion hadn’t been to Brixham in some 20 years so it was a trip of memories and discovering the changes over the past 2 decades.  We wandered past the marina, admiring the beautiful boats and yachts, onto breakwater beach marvelling at the crystal clear waters lapping up at the shore and on past Shoalstone outdoor swimming pool which was about to be renovated ready for another busy summer season.  We decided as it was approaching tea time it would be nice for a refreshment and walked onto Berryhead hotel where we sat outside with Salcombe South Devon Gin & tonic watching the beautiful clear waters glistening below and taking in all the lovely fresh sea air.

 

Brixham Marina

G&T at the Berryhead Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That evening we (and Ben the lab) all enjoyed a meal at the Rockfish restaurant at the end of Brixham harbour, sampling some Plymouth Devon Gin and the first chip shops chips I have had since becoming vegan some years back!

 

Berryhead & Beyond

On our first morning we woke to glorious sunshine, we packed our rucksack and set off for a day of exploring the south west coast path, we walked south through Brixham and on to Berryhead National Park.  Ben loved running around the ruins and the views were just spectacular, the highlight being the lighthouse built in 1906 at the end of the cliffs where you can see out to sea for miles in every direction (Dogs need to be on leads at this point for obvious reasons!).  Walking back with slightly rumbling tummies we decided we would head to The Guardhouse Café which is situated on Berryhead, after learning about local wildlife from the lovely lady in the information centre we went into the café, I was delighted to find they had several vegan cake options for me and even biscuits on the counter for Ben the lab!

Doggy treats at The Guardhouse Cafe

Vegan cake at The Guardhouse Cafe, Brixham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our elevenses we headed on for St Marys Bay, enroute we saw Guillemots nesting on the rocks. It was quite some walk with some stunning views and as we finally made our way down a fair few steps we arrived at beautiful St Marys Bay, Ben had a celebratory run round the empty beach and whilst we were looking out to sea we were lucky to see porpoise in the waters!

Enroute to St Marys Bay

St Marys Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving back to the cottage Susan tells me from her fitbit we had walked some 7 miles!  We decided this deserved a hearty meal so we (and Ben) headed out to The Old Market House on the harbour for a lovely meal to round off a lovely day.

 

Vegan Curry at The Old Market House, Brixham

 

Fishcombe Cove

Waking up on Wednesday to another lovely sunny day, it was our last day to explore so decided to go north on the south west coast path, we had a route semi planned and after breakfast we set off.  We walked to the other side of the harbour and headed for Fishcombe Cove, Susan teaching me names of trees, plants and birds all the way.  Once we arrived it was as beautiful as I had remembered, we sat at the Beachside café and had a hot drink and they made Ben a hot doggy sausage snack following his swim.  The wind was up a little so we decided to carry on to our next destination.

 

Fishcombe Cove

Swimming at Fishcombe Cove

Brixham Battery Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Lost!

We had planned to go to the next cove around the coastline which is Churston Cove however we got ourselves completely lost in ancient woodland (which was not a bad thing as it was truly beautiful!) and somehow ended up on Churston Golf Course! After a nice chat with the greenskeeper who sent us in the right direction we finally ended up at Churston Cove, I think this has to be my favourite cove – it is so very beautiful and peaceful with crystal clear waters.

Ancient Woodland Churston

Churston Cove

Ben admiring Churston Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elberry Cove

Heading onto Elberry Cove surrounded by woodlands and fields and the Elberry Bath house ruins built for Lord Churston in the 18th century, we strolled past Broadsands beach and headed for our final stop ‘Goodrington Beach’, this final trek required a degree of fitness as you encounter more steps than I have ever seen! But it was certainly worth it, it was a great walk, we sat and rested while watching the steam train come past, saw some very unusual flora and finally after 5 hours and 9 miles we made it to Goodrington Beach where we sat at the Inn on the Quay Pub and shared a late lunch, we decided as we didn’t want to be walking back until dark that we should catch a bus back to Brixham – Ben’s first Bus journey!

 

How many steps..?

Dartmouth Steam Train passing through

Elberry Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We rounded the final night off with a truly delicious meal at ‘On The Rocks’ at Brixham harbour, sadly Ben the lab wasn’t allowed into this restaurant, although after such a busy day of walking many miles, he was more than happy to curl up and have a nap at the cottage.

Vegan Burger and chips at On The Rocks, Brixham Harbour

 

Something I haven’t mentioned which I think I should is that Susan is in her 70s!  We walked lots of miles (at her request), she has more energy than me in my 30s – she is just amazing!  Also every Brixham restaurant and eatery mentioned caters for vegans very well which made refuelling for me after all the trekking a culinary pleasure!

A wonderful trip with amazing memories x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2017 Visit

04Apr

Last week we finally got our first trip of the year to Forget-Me-Knot Cottage!

We visited the Otter & Butterfly Sanctuary in Buckfastleigh – otters rescued from zoos, car accidents and many places, all happily being cared for by Tim the keeper who works 7 days a week to care for these lovely animals, what an inspiring guy!

A trip to Totnes, walked the high street and a around the magnificent St Marys church just as the church organist arrived to practice, amazing!

Strolled along the harbour and down the breakwater to the lighthouse, followed by chips at the harbourside whilst listening to mellow sounds of the busker alongside us.

Finally a short drive out to Churston Court Manor House for a cup of tea and admire the 12th century surroundings and then it was time to go home.

Until the next visit…. 😉

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School Holiday Dates

04Feb

Bookings have already come in thick and fast throughout January and we only have a few school holiday dates left at the cottage!

  • Half Term 15th -19th Feb -Long weekend special £250
  • Easter 1st-17th April – still available
  • Summer holidays 23rd-30th July – Only week left!
  • Half Term 20th – 27th October
  • NYE 29th December onwards – Long weekend or week break
  • Purchase sildenafil canada
  • Synthroid 50mcg price

Book your holiday to the English Riviera today to avoid disappointment!

Fishcombe Cove

Fishcombe Cove

 

 

Brixham Spring / Summer Events 2017

14Jan

Events

With the New Year upon is its time to think holidays!

Brixham plays host to many festivals, trawlers races and nautical fun throughout the spring and summer! 

Stay with us and join in the maritime fun! 

29th April – 1st May

Brixham Pirate Festival – A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment! The Brixham Pirate Festival is an annual gathering of the world’s most infamous pirates and lowly scallywags!

27th – 29th May

Brixfest – Music, Fireworks, Stalls, Trawler Regatta, Arts & Crafts & Childrens Day on Monday.

17th June

Trawler Race – Skippers dress the boats with bunting and battle it out with two lap race around the Bay and fun and festivities on the quayside all raising money for local charities.

14th – 15th July

Brixham, Hap’nin – Party in the Park

4th – 6th August

Brixham Steam Fair – View the wonderful working steam engines, vintage, and classic cars, lorries, military displays, market stalls and so much more.

9th September

Fishstock – The annual Fishstock Brixham festival returns to Brixham September 2016. Expect live entertainment, lots of scrumptious seafood and the chance to see working fishing boats up close and personal.

Harbour Hullabaloo – Brixham Arts & Theatre Society put the Fun into Fundraising on the Old Fish Quay, Brixham at Harbour Hullabaloo. The volunteers will be staging fun and games, as well as having all sorts of stalls and items for you to buy.

Torbay Lifeboat Week – Torbay Lifeboat Station based in Brixham close to the famous Breakwater becomes the centre of a series of events planned by the local volunteers and sponsors for the whole family.

And don’t forget every Thursday is pirate Thursday at the harbourside!

Mondays and Thursday play host to Brixhams Town Band

Fishmarket tours are held most Wednesdays

And many sailing championships held throughout the summer!

If you are lucky you will get to see the dolphins and seals that frequent the bay!

May Brixham Trip

01Jun

I took my mum for her first trip to Forget-Me-Knot Cottage last week and she absolutely loved it!  She was amazed by the view from the top room and loved sitting looking out to the harbour, we sat and watched the harbour bustle during the day and listened to the bells at night.  I added a few new items to the cottage which I am sure some of our regulars will notice – my favourite being the Golden Hind replica ship that I found at Totnes Hippy market for a bargain £20!  It was dusty and dirty but after a good clean it now has pride of place in the top room where you can see the full size replica ship in the bay!

Mostly we went exploring lots of different beaches and coves, we walked Berryhead and St Marys Bay, took the Battery Gardens coastal path to Fishcombe Cove and onto Broadsands Beach and made the scenic walk across to Elberry Cove and spent the afternoon basking in the May sunshine.  I got some beautiful photographs, the coastline is so picturesque.

We enjoyed some lovely lunches too at Churston Court, Fat Lemons in Totnes and The Old Market House at Brixham Harbour.  Neither of us wanted to come home! But I had guests arriving, so until the next trip …. 😉

Brixham Sunset from the cottage

Brixham Sunset from the cottage

Berryhead Nature Reserve

Berryhead Nature Reserve

St Marys Bay

St Marys Bay

Fishcombe Cove

Fishcombe Cove

Elberry Cove