Devon – September 2019

Sarah organised a very enjoyable beach cleaning and paddling trip to Devon. Stephen, Naomi, Rob and I (Dan) joined her. Following the long drive down to Brixham (in my case featuring a detour to see the world famous Salisbury clock tower) we participated in an afternoon beach clean organised by the Marine Conservation Society close to our lovely campsite (Upton Manor). The organisers analysed what we picked up, because they monitor the source of the rubbish and then try to influence the sources to change their ways! Being close to a fishing port and areas which are popular with recreational line fishermen, there was fishing related waste as well as waste from holiday makers.

On the Saturday we paddled up the beautiful Dart estuary launching from Kingswear marine (close to the steam railway station) and cleaned an isolated beach of its rubbish upstream of Dittisham before returning. It was satisfying to see beautiful egrets on the beach that we had cleaned. Another wildlife highlight was the massive seal whose presence Rob and Stephen were oblivious to (to be fair to Rob he usually spots most things first).

The following day we launched from Brixham harbour. An advanced group headed around Berry Head (passing through the tide race) while Rob kindly joined me for a less challenging paddle in Torbay towards Paignton. Even this was quite hard work owing to a strong head wind. Highlights were seeing the steam engine again and the colourful beach huts.

Brixham was much quieter than it is during the pirate festival. On the Friday night we ate at the Rockfish restaurant and on Saturday at a pizza and cocktails restaurant (the name of which I didn’t spot). We all enjoyed our meals and drinks.

Thanks go to Stephen and Rob for getting my car going for the return journey!

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