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Fishing trawlers, Brixham harbour, Devon. Fishing trawlers, Brixham harbour, Devon.

Rockfish, Brixham, Devon. Rockfish, Brixham, Devon.

Lobster pots, Brixham harbour, Devon. Lobster pots, Brixham harbour, Devon.

‘Sid the Skeleton' Golden Hind replica, Brixham, Devon. ‘Sid the Skeleton’ Golden Hind replica, Brixham, Devon.

Berry Head, Devon. Berry Head, Devon.

Lighthouse, Berry Head, Devon. Lighthouse, Berry Head, Devon.

Air vent, Cold War nuclear bunker, Berry Head, Devon. Air vent, Cold War nuclear bunker, Berry Head, Devon.

Lichen, St Mary’s Bay, Devon. Lichen, St Mary’s Bay, Devon.

Trail Marker, Berry Head, Devon. Trail Marker, Berry Head, Devon.

Man Sands I, Devon. Man Sands I, Devon.

Man Sands II, Devon. Man Sands II, Devon.

Woodhuish Farm, Devon. Woodhuish Farm, Devon.

Woodhuish fields, Devon. Woodhuish fields, Devon.

Scabbacombe Head, Devon. Scabbacombe Head, Devon.

Seascape, Scabbacombe Head, Devon. Seascape, Scabbacombe Head, Devon.

Mew Stone & Start Point, Devon. Mew Stone & Start Point, Devon.

Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position, Kingswear, Devon. Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position, Kingswear, Devon.

Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position interior, Kingswear, Devo Brownstone WW2 Battery, Searchlight position interior, Kingswear, Devon

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Teignmouth & The Ness, Devon. Teignmouth & The Ness, Devon.

The wind feels cold against the sweat of my back when I take the pack off to reach for the camera. I’m becoming a connoisseur of mud – today it’s redder, stickier and less slippery than previously.

Coast path above Ness Cove, Devon. Coast path above Ness Cove, Devon.

Seascape, Ness Cove, Devon. Seascape, Ness Cove, Devon.

Shelter on Walls Hill, Babbacombe, Devon. Shelter on Walls Hill, Babbacombe, Devon.

Bench, Babbacombe, Devon. Bench, Babbacombe, Devon.

I’m tired today and I groan and curse in relief to find a bench to sit down on. I look up surprised to see the only person I’ve seen for hours just coming around the corner. She must have heard me clearly but we both great each other with polite helloes.

Free Candy, Babbacombe, Devon. Free Candy, Babbacombe, Devon.

Wild Garlic, Babbacombe, Devon. Wild Garlic, Babbacombe, Devon.

Wild garlic scents the path – a few are even in bloom now in January. “Two bags of 10mm aggregate, one bag of 50/50” a contractor standing in a half built driveway…

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M5 Exe Viaduct I, Devon. M5 Viaduct I, Devon.

The fragility of the frosty reed beds by the Exe contrast with the monumentality of the concrete motorway viaduct. Incredibly the river Exe starts just a few kilometres from the north coast of Somerset in Exmoor but perversely chooses to run south right across the country to get to the sea here.

Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon. Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon.

M5 Exe Viaduct & Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon. M5 Exe Viaduct & Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Devon.

Morning Pylon, Tumbling Hills, Devon. Morning Pylon, Tumbling Hills, Devon.

Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve, Devon. Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve, Devon.

I’m surprised that Powderham Castle and estate is actually lived in today by the Earl of Devon rather than surviving as a conference centre or National Trust enterprise. I can’t decide wether I think this is a good thing or not. I’m sitting below the incongruous burgundy powderham.co.uk sign applying blister plasters to my heels when a woman exclaims ”Oh dear!” in a Scottish accent with a smile as she…

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Toffee Nosed, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Toffee Nosed, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

‘Snow on Dartmoor, Sledges in Shop’ a chalk sign proclaims in Budleigh. There’s no snow here but plenty of mud on the winding path up and down the red cliffs. “It’s like skiing isn’t it!” I say to a fellow slip and slider “It’s like glissading” he corrects me.

Benches, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Benches, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

Scarecrow, West Down Farm, Devon. Scarecrow, West Down Farm, Devon.

Devon Cliffs Holiday Park. Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.

On passing a notice welcoming me to the ‘East Devon Area of Natural Beauty’ a hail of gun fire patters urgently from Straight Point range. This must make a strange sonic accompaniment for the holidaymakers in the vast Holiday Park.

The Floors, Devon. The Floors, Devon.

The Geoneedle at Orcombe Point by Michael Fairfax, Exmouth, Devon. The Geoneedle at Orcombe Point by Michael Fairfax, Exmouth, Devon.

The rock here is the oldest part of the Jurassic Coast, 250 million years before the dinosaurs. This epic journey through time…

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Sunrise at Bar Ledges, Charmouth, Dorset. Sunrise at Bar Ledges, Charmouth, Dorset.

I’d been put up the previous night by Mac Mackenney, a friend from the Royal Geographical Society who’s company Max Adventure, provides logistical support to Everest expeditions, Ranulph Fiennes’ exploits and far flung vehicle based TV shows. Tales of adventure flowed and it was some reluctance that I accepted the need to turn in. The morning is still night as he waves me off at Charmouth from one of his well travelled 4x4s.

River Char at Charmouth beach, Dorset. River Char at Charmouth beach, Dorset.

At the deserted beach in Charmouth waves break in quick succession, threatening and insistent. A red smear above the horizon hints at the dawn about to break, Golden Cap is shrouded in mist.

Golden Cap from Canary Ledges, Dorset. Golden Cap from Canary Ledges, Dorset.

The cliffs here are tiers of landslip and the whole thing looks like it may slide into the sea at any moment. In parts the mud oozes down the…

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Harry Ramsden’s, Bournemouth, Dorset. Harry Ramsden’s, Bournemouth, Dorset.

I can just about make out Old Harry Rocks this morning – the dramatic chalk stacks near Swanage that are geologically connected to the Needles on the Isle of Wight. The rocks mark the start of the Jurassic Coast and a much more rugged landscape heading West – I can’t wait!

But now in Bournemouth beach huts are arranged by hue like paint swatches. A tractor passes to and fro methodically scraping the sand flat. Branksome beach cafe brings back happy memories of walking through the pines with my parents many years before.

Bournemouth Pier, Dorset. Bournemouth Pier, Dorset.

Peering through the window of an Sandbanks Estate Agent reveals that most properties here are in the £1-7 Million price range. Surprised at the lack of architectural quality of these expensive houses, their main selling point seems to be bigness. Walking through the area is an underwhelming experience of high…

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Sowley Brooms I, New Forest, Hampshire. Sowley Brooms I, New Forest, Hampshire.

Two dozen wild horses roam freely on the lanes. Most of the occasional vehicles passing are Land Rovers which have to wait as the horses saunter past. Flocks of pheasants rise squawking from the side of hedgerows as I walk past.

Pylewell House, Boldre, New Forest, Hampshire. Pylewell House, Boldre, New Forest, Hampshire.

Pylewell House grandly isolated with its private shore is still in aristocratic hands with a thatched cricket club house adjacent. Damp bonfire smoke wafts across the lane.

Sowley Brooms II, New Forest, Hampshire. Sowley Brooms II, New Forest, Hampshire.

Otters Crossing, Drive Slowly. In Lymington a lot of the men wear boating brands and wander about looking tanned and leisured even though it’s off season.

Kill Cord, Lymington Yacht Haven, Hampshire. Kill Cord, Lymington Yacht Haven, Hampshire.

At upmarket Lymington Yacht Haven a ‘Danger of Death’ sign replete with a skull and cross bones leaves me unsure as to what danger could possibly exist here different to any…

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