Thursday, 23 June 2011
Impromptu weekend away #1 : Bigbury - Burgh Island - Salcombe
He suggested Cornwall and I came up with Burgh Island by Bigbury-on-Sea - which I in fact thought was in Cornwall a fair way down but turns out to be in South Devon not that far from Plymouth. I had heard of the place from a time a fair few years back when my parents had visited. It's a tidal island with a (very) exclusive 30's art deco hotel on it and a pub. It is 'the pub on the island' - which is a bit of a family tale for me but more of that later.
[In past times people like Noel Coward and Mrs Simpson stayed here and the hideously expnsive suites/rooms are named after them.] A sign said you could wander round the marked paths on the west side of the island but the rest was out of bounds as private property belonging to the hotel. The island climbs a little to the west and south sides - there's some fab rock formations and plenty of sea birds sheltering in the lee of the rocks. We were hopeful of seals but no luck. Although whether we would have spotted them through the watering of our eyes in the fierce wind is another matter!
[According to the Wiki link above it could be the remains of the Chapel - very tiny with too big windows though I'd have said.] The weather had cleared by then as well as the morning had been distrinctly grey and showery - we were rather lucky! As you circle round and down you can see the roofs of the hotel over the hill and the coastline opposite the island - a beautiful vista.