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How has the South Devon Coast Path survived the winter?

By its very nature the coast path is exposed to all the winter weather. And following some of the storms earlier in the year, we've been out on sections of the path to see how they've fared.

The news - at time of writing - is "so far so good".

In mid February - just after Storm Eunice, we walked from Wembury Beach to Warren Point on the Yealm Estuary - all was ok if a bit muddy in patches and very bracing with gusting high winds.

A week or so later the weather was brighter but still very breezy and sections of the path either side of Westcombe Beach and Ayrmer Cove offered good walking and lovely views.

Early March saw a hike from Leas Foot Beach around to Bolberry Down. The early Spring weather was glorious – as was the walking. Underfoot conditions generally good with a couple of short rocky sections.

A week later we headed out of Plymouth from Mount Batten on a grey afternoon. The path up past Jennycliff and around to Bovisand was in good condition and the views across Plymouth Sound were good despite the weather.

The latest outing was from Strete Gate around to Dartmouth. This is a lovely section with stunning seascapes as well as stretches that run through the coastal villages of Strete and Stoke Fleming.

Underfoot conditions on the cliff tops were fine with a couple of short rocky sections. Sign-posting was generally clear, but look out for them when crossing the coast road and heading up Old Road into Stoke Fleming.

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