When we visited Topsham in Devon recently (see previous post here). Our car did not move for the whole week that we were away! One day we took the train to visit this beach. It's not often that you find a whole tree washed up like this!
And for once you could almost feel some warmth from the sun.
When I was a child when I travelled on the train from Shrewsbury down to Cornwall to visit my Granny. I remember looking out at the sea through the train window.....I have wanted to walk along this stretch of beach ever since.
It's only taken me 40 years to realise this dream! This is the main branch line between Exeter and Plymouth and the railway was initially built in 1843 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The line follows the water for 13 miles (20km).The scenery out of the window is spectacular.
Around Dawlish it passes through five tunnels dug out from the Devon red sandstone. If you look closely at the picture below you can see it shows some of these tunnels.
|The beach and view of one of the tunnels.|
|The station beside the beach|
We took the train to Dawlish Warren and then walked along the beach, to the town of Dawlish and then caught the train back to Topsham.. The waiting room was warm and welcoming after the cold wind and looked so cheerful with these wonderful paintings of local scenes painted by local school children.
In stormy conditions the waves crash over the sea wall and onto the rails and passing trains. I don't think I would like to be in the train when this happens! There have been many discussions about re-routing the route further inland, but the cost would be huge.
Luckily the tide was out and the weather fine when we visited.
|View from the train travelling back to Exeter|
Do you have a favourite train journey? On my wish list for Britain -I still have the Cambrian Coast line in North Wales between Aberystwyth and Pwllheli and the West Highland Line in Scotland to complete! I would also love to take a ride through the Rockies in Canada too!
There seems to be a problem with two of my favourite blogs Val's Alentejo and June at Cats, Dogs and Eiderdowns - their reading lists are not updating on some blogs, they are both still there so do pop over and say hello! If anyone else is affected by this too do let me know. This gremlin seems to have appeared about 3 weeks ago!
Hope you are having a good week.