Hope’s Nose

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This promontory can be seen from Torquay and is well worth the short walk along the coast path. It's an extremely steep path down to the tip of the promontory, through scrub and some short turf. Natural England conservation volunteers have been clearing scrub to enable the rare limestone-loving plants to make a comeback. Peregrine falcons can be seen overhead; sea birds wheel and perch on the two little offshore islands. In the rocks facing Torquay it's possible to find gold. (No I haven't! ). Veering left however,and scrambling over rocks with large fissures, there are rocky platforms favoured by fishermen. To our surprise there was a really huge bull seal being fed by hand by the fishermen. They were dropping mackerel into his ever-open mouth time after time. The views are stunning; looking towards the south-west coast path which weaves through steeply wooded limestone or red sandstone cliffs. A round walk of about 3 miles (but 4 if Hope's Nose is included) would be by starting at Anstey's Cove free car park, walking across the playing field there to reach the road. Cross over and climb steps to Kent's Caverns. Take the footpath below the cave entrance and walk straight on to the sea at Meadfoot beach. Turn left on the coast path and keep on until Anstey's Cove is reached. N.B. at the base of the track down to the cove, turn right and look at the wet cliff to see wild Maidenhair Fern growing.


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