It was a beautiful sunny day here yesterday, the best of the year so far; t-shirt weather. Whilst we weren’t out it made me look forward to the summer so I’ve pulled this photo out from a couple of years ago that I’ve never done anything with before.
Blackpool Sands (no, not that Blackpool) is one of the prettiest of the South coast beaches, with a broad crescent of golden shingly sand backed by pines. It lies between Dartmouth (a few miles around the cornet to the North East) and the lengthy expanse of Slapton Sands (to the South West). On a sheltered East facing section of the coastline it is an ideal beach for swimming and families.
It is not that easy a beach to photograph as the A379 climbs hills on either side with no stopping places, leaving little option but to park for the beach and then climb the steep grassy hillside behind it.
It was actually the scene of a battle in 1404 when a french raiding party landed here and were defeated by a force assembled by the Mayor of Dartmouth (a few miles around the corner).
When I imagine summer in the South West it is images like this that come to mind!