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As the nights draw in I think back to our great family week in Beesands.

Leaving St Albans early we arrived to watch the Gig racing at Dartmouth Royal regatta. The main quayside road of Dartmouth was almost unrecognisable with market stalls , fairground rides and activities . Over the loud speakers system were the announcements of the various races from seniors to vets men and women, crews from the naval college,Salcombe, Dartmouth and more. The atmosphere was electric. Perhaps the highlight was the various members of our family taking part in Dartmouth 5.3 mile road race . It was wonderful flying down the hill into the finish , even though we had a long climb up to begin the race.

I absolutely love taking people who have never been to Start Bay on the not to be missed walk to the lighthouse and I  was especially excited to take my brother Richard and his family. I never tire of this amazing view, the sweep of the bay, the remains of the ruined village and the contrasting colours of the sea ,cliffs and the land.

We enjoyed the delights of both the Cricket Inn and Britannia at the beach. As well as the delicious creations in the Aga.

The slightly eccentric Pigs Nose in East Prawle is another must trip for us especially after an evening coastal walk at Prawle Point  to see the Cirl Buntings  .

The rather unusual bank holiday weekend weather of temperature into the mid 20’s meant we could experience some exhilarating sea swimming . I can still feel the tingling of my skin absolutely fantastic.

As I knew that I would not be running again until Christmas due to surgery on a chronic injury i and the family made the most of the countless beautiful trials  for running and everyday we embarked on a different run. Ultimate mindfulness , escape and slightly hard work!

Other great trips were the ferry over to Salcombe from East Portlemouth and the sheer beauty of the gardens at Overbecks.

Mum enjoying the East Portlemouth ferry

Sunrise from the Cricket Inn beach steps

The girls after their morning run

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