Sunday, 6 April 2014
Through the ravine
I just love Sugary Cove in Dartmouth and not just because of its sweet name. It has a secret channel - known as the Ravine - which connects it through to Castle Cove next door. I was first alerted to the ravine by my friend Mark Green, having swum several times there without actually realising it was there. As we gathered just before high tide there was a real old Devon mist, although the sea was a surprisingly nice colour given all the rain we'd had the two days before. As we swam into the channel I was possessed with that excitement I always get when entering a natural place which has that indefinable magic. The grey and purple stripes of rock at angles rising above us either side, with a tree hanging perilously overhead, that sense of drama heading through the ravine and being immersed in the watery passage, and the feeling of passing into and out of a secret world.