Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Sandyhills Beach Walk

Our friends, Neil and Babette, reminded us of a lovely beach at Sandyhills that we had briefly visited, years ago. We had never seen the dramatic cliffs, seen if you head round the coast to the right, from the car park. The tide was right out this morning, but it is worth checking in advance, as the rocky/sandy section can only be walked on at low tide.

We did a longer walk today, since it was sunny, and windless. Here are some of our photos.

We stopped to enjoy our flask of coffee, sitting on a rock facing this view, that we think is Screel Hill, which we climbed last year.

The strong, low sunlight made for lots of dramatic shadows.

Brock met a lot of dogs to play with on the walk.

Then it was on to the dog-friendly Steamboat Inn at Carsethorn for lunch. The menu had no vegetarian main meals listed, but the waitress said that they could do:- macaroni cheese with garlic bread; mushroom risotto; and they had a daily special of wild mushroom gnocchi. Rob had the mac cheese with a side order of chips; I had the risotto with side salad. The food was very good - tasty, and a generous portion. With half a pint of cider and a mineral water, the bill came to about £23.

The interior of the pub is quite interesting with all sorts of hunting trophies, old advertising signs, and other objects packed into every space. We were there as the doors opened at midday, but it was filling up fast as we left. I recommend booking a table at busy times of the year. One woman was eating outside in the sunshine - we were happier next to the fireside!

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