Laden down with all our beach things, well Dave was, we headed along the road to Westward Ho! It only took us 30 minutes and we were ready to explore.
Hoping that it was better than our trip to Bideford yesterday, where we took the bus in, looked round and then caught the bus back out. It was quite run down and half the shops had closed down!!!!
Westward Ho! Was much better, a typically old fashioned seaside town with up and coming parts. We looked around the few shops first as the sun was still trying to make an appearance. Bought the obligatory magnet and postcard and then had a walk along the sea front.
Rudyard Kipling had come to Westward Ho! In 1878, to attend the United Services College and along the seafront was his first poem ‘ If ‘ written in stones. We missed the plaque and read all the poem from the pavement…… it was quite difficult, found the plaque on the way back. 🙄
Waiting for the sun to come out was a thirsty business so we stopped off at The Pier Inn and had coffee and 2 cakes…. only cost us £4.50……. Something not quite right there!!
The Pub had a terrace overlooking the rocks and we saw a walk way through the sea slowly appearing as the tide went out, of course being mini adventures we had to explore. We stopped where the waves were crashing onto it, not sure how much further it went ( not as adventurous as we thought!)🤣🤣
Time was getting on so we had to find a pub, for the sun was still being elusive. The terrace of the Beach Bar looked inviting and we managed to get a seat right at the front.
The toilets had lovely features in them…….. I made sure I went twice!!
A couple of gins later and lots more people watching our bellies had begun to rumble so fish and chips on the sea front was the next port of call. They were gorgeous, the fish was so meaty and the chips were perfect.
Yippee, the sun made an appearance ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️. We rushed to the beach.
Squeezed our tent into a space.🤣🤣🤣
And ran into the sea……. well ambled really……. It was cold but quite pleasant when you were actually in! Dave got his go-pro out and experimented, the shots were ok and if he manages to sort how to copy them onto his phone I will post some.
This was it, we thought, setting up camp, we lay down for a well earned rest……. But no! The clouds came over and we went very chilly so we packed up camp and started our walk back along the coastal path but along the beach as the tide was out.
Just as we were nearing the car park near to Mable we spotted some wild ponies just roaming around. Perfect.