The 6 Mile Wembury Loop – 19/03/2020

In these uncertain times, it is going to be the little details that make 2020 bearable for a lot of us. To avoid cabin fever, having spent the past 2 months working hard on acquiring government jobs only to have our start dates pulled out from under our feet, we felt the need to stretch our legs. Isolating for physical health is obviously going to have a long-term impact on mental health for a lot of people, and Emily and I decided to regain some sense of normality by heading out to Wembury (one of our favourite places) and picking out a new hike there. Who says you need to social distance inside anyway?

Rugged isolation

Previously we have always hiked back to Plymouth, and our stretches of coastal path have always been linear walks to maximise our distance, but this time we decided to head east towards Warren Point and complete a circular walk looping back towards the village. Very few other people were out and about on the beach, and even less were stretching their legs on the coastal path. It was a windy, cloudy day and we had the howling cliffs and the beating sea all to ourselves. 1.5 miles of rugged coastline took us to the ferry landing at Warren Point, where season permitting, we could have continued to Noss Mayo across the Yealm Estuary. Instead we headed inland.

Yealm estuary life

The hilariously named Clitters Wood gave us new views of the beautiful area. This was a place neither of us have been before, a rarity now for me in the locality, and we stopped for lunch at a high vantage over the estuary. A good spot for window shopping at houses across the bay that would probably only be in our price range after a lottery win! Sheep and young spring lambs were our only companions all afternoon as we looped back towards Wembury. Isolation, but not enclosed. For a few hours at least, we were able to forget about the craziness of the world at the moment. Plus, our coastal path hikes have now taken us from Polperro to Warren Point, some 41 miles. Here’s to healthy lungs and legs for the next 40!

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Links:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wembury/trails/wembury-bay-and-the-river-yealm-walk