Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



The coast paths around Devon are stunning,


(from Gara Rock, National Trust)

I’d sort of stopped walking them, when they boys were smaller I found it far from relaxing, narrow paths and high cliffs set my nerves on edge.  


I walked from Mill Bay round to Gara Rock. Through the wood

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Full of ferns and dappled light.


and out into the sun,

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Bolt Head

I don’t know what this plant is, with it’s red tendrils,

plant coast path 2-1178

I’ve seen it on the Pembrokeshire coast, but not in flower, it seems to be spineless itself and seeks the sun by clambering over clamber over the gorse bushes.

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The Gara Rock hotel was demolished about three years ago (Which is a shame because at this point of my walk a beer would have been a nice idea) and the redevelopment of the site has ground to a recessionary halt


the thatched ‘look out,’ now with boarded up windows is all that remains, it looked a little sad, with its tuft of slipped thatch.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Coast

  1. I really like that first photo as that is one of my favourite types of scenic views. Just wonderful! xx

  2. I enjoyed this. Thank you for taking us on your walk with you. It looks like such a beautiful place.

  3. It actually looks like you might be having some decent sunshine? Are you sure that you are in England? I hope it stays warm for you!

  4. I was in Devon a few years ago, but missed these beautiful spots. Ocean and ferns – a few of my favorite things. Lovely shots.

  5. The pink strands are dodder, a parasitic plant. Climbing like that it isn’t seeking out the sun for it has no chlorophyll at all and steals all its needs from the host, in this case gorse.

  6. This is what PJ Grath calls a “rich post” – full of surprising and beautiful images and brand new information. Well, new to me anyway. You’ve exactly caught not just what it looks like but what it feels like to gaze out over the coast, to walk through sun-dappled woods, to come upon traces of history and curious plants. Dodder, eh?

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