SYC Walk East Prawle 6th Dec
Published 12:03 on 10 Dec 2019
Despite the weather forecast, showers and winds gusting to 40 knots, about 20 keen walkers turned up at The Linhay, East Prawle for coffee. The walk left about 10.45, with everyone wearing full waterproofs and picking up dogs from the village green on the way, including an extra one who did the initial part of the walk with us. We headed down towards Horsley beach and then into the wind westward along the coast path to Prawle point and the National Coastwatch Institution look out. The rain had stopped by the time we reached here but we felt the full force of the force 8 wind. Everyone had the opportunity to visit the look out and visitors centre and talk to the two watch keepers, about their role and look at their plotters and AIS to see what ships were about. The station is manned 365 days a year in daylight hours. They maintain a visual watch and on VHF, and record all vessels in sight that pass Prawle Point. They can always be contacted on channel 65 and if any incidents occurs at sea or on the coast path are able to contact the coastguard. They also issue a weather briefing at regular intervals. Given the very strong winds, discretion came into play and it was decided that the coast path just to the West of Prawle Point, which is very exposed with rocky steps and a steep drop one side should be avoided, so we made a detour up the road and then cut back to Eleander cove, along the coast path towards Gammon Head and back up towards the village, the sun having now put in an appearance. We arrived back at the village green at about 1.30 to take off very muddy boots and waterproofs and head for the Quirky Pigs Nose for refreshments and a log fire, increasing their custom by several hundred percent. Despite the mud and initial rain, the walk was enjoyed by all and with the breeze everyone definitely felt they had been out in the fresh air. We now look forward to the next walk on New Years Day.
Last updated 15:07 on 23 January 2020