Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Looking up at the tunnel
Smugglers' Tunnel. Pic by Ray Girvan
There was a last-minute post on Facebook from Gilly that she was swimming at Coryton Cove in Dawlish. I leapt in the car and decided to join her and Charlotte and Michelle who also came along. I arrived first and waited with a gull who was cheekily perched on top of a beach hut. The sea was not exactly attractive. It was brown and the beach was absolutely covered with sea weed, brought in by the persistent Easterlies. Of course once we were in, it was lovely, if a trifle bouncy, and we swam round towards the twin peaks - or 'horses' of Horse Cove, and Gilly showed us the extroardinary smugglers' tunnel half way up the cliff. Someone has even bothered to build brick stairs inside it. Sadly we didn't get a picture up close. Gilly was the only one who managed to climb up to the tunnel (I got nervous and chickened out) but was still getting to grips with her camera and didn't manage to get a shot. However she did manage to take a pic of me looking up at her from the beach! Meanwhile, a little research on the internet shows that there was an alarming cliff fall here back in 1885 in which three people died. A disturbing thought, and of course the cliffs are still very unstable today.