Wembury beach to the Mountbatten ferry – a 5.9 mile stretch of the coastal path that I have done many times before and will probably walk many times in the future. Wembury beach, being so close to Plymouth, is my childhood. I learned to crab and rockpool there. I spent many happy summer afternoons with my family paddling in the sea and eating picnics. The Mewstone out in the water inspired my imagination for years. So needless to say, it’s a place I am always happy to return to.
Emily setting off and the Mewstone jutting out of the sea
Our visit this week was to celebrate Father’s Day. Emily, my dad, mum, sister, brother-in-law and two nieces together. A blowy day. Rockpooling and a paddle while avoiding the washed ashore jellyfish! Three generations of the Bond family all enjoying the simple life. A perfect family outing. It’s amazing how much satisfaction can be got from the smell of the sea and a family picnic. Proof that the best family activities don’t have to cost the earth. In fact they don’t really have to cost much at all.
A cheeky landslide on the coastal path didn’t slow our progress!
Once my nieces were suitably wet and tired my family left Wembury in convoy. Emily and I stayed behind; our mission was to add to our total South West Coastal Path distance and hike back to Plymouth. I blogged last year in detail about everything this stretch of the path has to offer (HERE) and almost a year on nothing has changed, so I won’t go over it again. Emily and I have also previously walked most of this stretch together before sunset and darkness forced us inland. So for us this hike was about linking the walks properly. And this post was about capturing why family and the coast mean so much to me; how they are intrinsically linked. Anyway! 34.4 miles walked total now. Looe to Wembury beach. Not a bad start to our mission of hiking all 630 miles of the SWCP… 1/20th down, 19 to go!
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As you go past Jennycliff Plymouth (home) really comes into view