Living in Torquay, you find that every now and then you turn a corner and stumble across a surprise. Its wooded, curving coastline not only means lots of beaches and coves to wander when we’re in need of some time out and some fresh air, but it also means that even after years of calling the English Riviera home, it sometimes dazzles you with a hidden trail and a view like this one, and that’s what happened last weekend.
After leaving one of the many early summer barbeques that have started springing up in the diary as the sun’s been back on the scene, I parked up, headed for the Coast Path at Hope’s Nose and followed a track towards the sea for a minute or two, and there sat Thatcher Rock, as though it had been there for centuries just waiting for me to finally take the road less travelled and sit for a while to admire it.
The grass-topped cliff sloped down in front of me, the wild flowers swaying in the breeze, and the sounds of the waves greeting the shore far below broke the stillness of the afternoon while I watched the seagulls enjoy life on the rock. The spot may be an easy walk from Meadfoot Beach and attractions like Kents Cavern, but it feels a world away from the rest of…well everything really.
With views across the bay to Brixham and nobody but the occasional pair of walkers stepping off the coast path to catch their breath and enjoy the view for a few moments, Thatcher Point’s one of my new favourite places for some quiet time. See what happens when we veer off the beaten track for a minute…