The main reason for going was to ride on the cliff railway which takes you down to Oddicombe Beach.
This is the view from the road. Along the front there are maybe a dozen hotels and a theatre, all old fashioned buildings but all beautifully maintained.
The railway has been operating since 1st April 1926 and has undergone several refurbishments over the years. It cost us £6 for a return family ticket which I didn't think was too bad for the novelty of being taken down to the beach and more importantly back up again.
At the bottom there is a lovely little cove where even though it wasn't the best day of the week we spent a good amount of time on the beach dodging the waves and throwing stones into the sea. Thomas didn't get out of the way of the waves quick enough, (accidentally on purpose I think), and ended up with wet feet.We decided we'd walk along the coast line to see how far we could go and if we could reach the houses at the end.
The walk was lovely and took us past a waterfall, up some wooden steps and over a wooden bridge where we found ourselves outside a pub.
Inside was pretty quiet and we chose to sit in the conservatory for lunch which we had all to ourselves. The view was lovely and me and Mark could have easily spent an afternoon there with a bottle of wine, but Thomas gets itchy feet so after lunch we set off back to the railway car.
The journey back up to the top was more scary than going down. It's a little bit like climbing up a roller coaster, which I'm no fan of, and I had the feeling all the way up that the carriage would slip back down and crash into the sea.
It was a lovely place and I said so many times on holiday that England really is a treasure trove of beautiful places. It's just a shame the weather isn't more reliable.