Monday, February 23, 2009

Westward Ho! 17th/18th Feb

At Westward Ho! we once again received a very warm welcome, this time from Peter at his B&B called Brockenhurst. This was a beautiful old house with many original features.
I loved the way the latch doors locked, just by lifting and sliding in a little metal peg,

and this clock had the most delicate of chimes, a lovely gentle sound which made you smile.
Peter and Kim have two lovely dogs who were very fond of Tim, and they also housed rescued battery chickens which were happily scratching away in a run in the garden and producing eggs for breakfast.

Westward Ho! itself had lovely views up towards Saunton and Braunton Burrows

we discovered over the next few days that Saunton Sands Hotel, the huge white building in the distance, was visible from almost everywhere!

There were also these colourful little places...

Peter extended his hosting duties to arranging our next stop at a place in Clovelly. We had our evening meal at the pub across the road - The Village Inn - and can recommend it for lovely food, I wolfed down a chicken waldorf salad and Tim another delicious soup, both served with piping hot rolls!

We enjoyed our best nights rest so far and were ready for the off at our usual time. We had an easy section of walking to start with, along the disused railway track,

we skirted the cliff top along shingle beaches,

we encountered some muddy stretches,

and the fascinatingly shaped trees continue,

I'm certain this one holds great stories!


  1. Wow! Some of those pics remind me of the NW coast of Tassie.

    That mud looked like it could swallow you whole :D

  2. At last! Can post now that Google has sorted itself out.

    Fantastic post, Ruthie. Really enjoying your trip.

    One of my all-time favourite books is Kipling's Stalky & Co, and that all happened at Westward Ho! and points west. There lived the formidable Col. Dabney JP who prosecuted trespassers " with the utmost rigour of the law". But I guess the National Trust bought up his estate long ago.

  3. Lovely views and starkly beautiful trees of winter