In which: Smeaton’s Tower gives good views ● a giant prawn looms ● the convoluted shortline of Plymouth is explored ● no-one wipes their feet ● rural cliffs emerge at last ● ice-cream beckons
Date: 16 April 2017 Time of walk: 0930 to 1445 Today’s walking: 18.5 km Progress along SWCP: 18.3 km Estimated ascent: 450 metres
The day started with an early drive to Wembury, where I left the car and took my prebooked taxi back to Plymouth Hoe, for a net distance gained of about 300 metres, but the walk was set up. It was very much a walk of two halves, the very convoluted and varied urban walk through Plymouth and its various docks, tidal inlets and creeks, and then the rural section onwards to Wembury.
However, my first objective was a visit to Smeaton’s Tower where I arrived at the end of yesterday’s walk, which had been closed by the time I got there. My timing of the car trip and the taxi ride had been planned to allow an early visit up the tower and still get underway proper before the day was too advanced.