On Sunday, I had the sudden urge to go to the coast! Although we had quite a few other things to do (work, garden etc..) Alan felt the same, so without further delay we dropped everything and drove to South Devon.
The first place we went to was Noss Mayo, it was a lot busier than I recalled. The last time I went there was about 15 years ago or so and was not during the holiday season. So many cars this time, it was a nightmare navigating through the narrow road leading to the harbour. After a short time there we drove on to Newton Ferrers where we stopped and had a walk.
We left Newton Ferrers and headed for Bigsbury-on-Sea, on the way there we drove through Modbury, a pretty little town. Alan and I stayed there a couple of years ago.
As we arrived in Bigbury-on-Sea we were greeted with a view of Burgh Island.
It looked more like a summer's day, adults and children were playing and sunbathing on the sandy causeway.
This surfer almost knocked people down with his kite as he appeared to temporarily loose control of it. It only just missed them!
View looking back to Bigsbury-On-Sea
Pilchard Inn on the left
I was really looking forward to seeing the famous Burgh Island Hotel. Famous, as it was here that Agatha Christie wrote two of her novels "Evil under the Sun" and "And Then There Were None". Both stories are set on the island. The hotel was also used for the TV version of "Evil under the sun" with David Suchet as Poirot.
I had hoped to have afternoon tea at the hotel and perhaps get a glimpse of this beautiful room
but my hopes were dashed when I saw this sign at the entrance:
:-(( Oh well, we will just have to go and stay there some day...
I contented myself with walking around the island admiring the views all around it.
Remains of a former chapel
As I walked around I could imagine how this place might be the perfect setting for an Agatha Christie story. The Art Deco hotel, the dramatic scenery and steep cliffs...
By the time we decided to make our way back to Bigsbury-on-Sea, the tide had covered the causeway so we waited for the sea tractor.
Funny looking thing but it does its job well.
Time to head back home...
I hope that you all had a good weekend.
Thank you to Elegancemaison who added some very interesting information about Burgh Island in her comment below. Here is a picture of the book mentioned. It looks like a must have book if you are interested in Burgh Island or Agatha Christie. I shall certainly be getting a copy of it.