Many thanks to Annie Shillito at Cheristow Farm Cottages for providing this wonderful winter sun photo of Welcombe Mouth, with the river in full flow in the foreground.
Welcombe is completely unspoilt, another of the hidden, secret gems that mean this stretch of coastline regularly makes it into 'Top Ten' lists for secluded beaches (Spekes Mill, for example, made it into both the Telegraph and Times top lists in 2017, coming No. 1 on the Times).
Spectacular in any weather (walking here when the wind and seas are wild richly rewards those who brave it), these photos are a great reminder of how special these places are in winter as well as summer. This next photo was taken on the same walk, at Embury.
Hartland Peninsual coastline, North Devon, taken from Embury
You can discover the route (and the history) of this walk at South West Coast Path website here: https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/690/ .
Thanks again to Annie, who also sent this lovely photo of one tired out walker taking a well deserved rest afterwards. Apparently his human counterparts were rewarded with a long soak in the hot tub at Cheristow Farm Cottages - what a great way to spend a winter's day!
Cheristow Farm Cottages are cluster of 5 cosy, well-equipped, self-catering farm cottages in countryside close to Hartland Abbey and a heart-thumpingly wild stretch of the South West Coast Path. Very child and dog-friendly, with sea views from the play area over fields and the tower of St Nectan's church, pet animals to feed, woodburners, hot tub & sauna. Find out more at their website: http://www.cheristow-cottages.co.uk/ .