…didn’t really get off to a good start. William wanted an early start on Saturday morning. It being a Bank Holiday weekend we knew the roads would be busy and this was a rare double Bank Holiday weekend including the Tuesday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. An early start turned out to be at the unearthly hour of 4 a.m.! Trouble was, we weren’t the only ones with that bright idea.
Taken with my mobile from the car.
The roads were chock a block for the second half of the journey. We spent a lot of time, on a dull day, stuck in one long traffic jam with other equally stuck and fed up folk, arriving at Oakdown at around 12 noon. Eight long hours it took us – a good two hours longer than it should’ve done.
Sunday morning came. We planned our day, packed a picnic lunch, eager to get some of that good old fresh sea air. And what did we get? A flat tyre! Not a good start. This was Sunday. No garages open on a Sunday. The following day was a Bank Holiday. No garages open on a Bank Holiday. The day following the Bank Holiday was another Bank Holiday! It wasn’t looking good.
However, we weren’t on holiday alone and thankfully were able to tag along with Caroline and Trev on their excursions. One of which was to Exmouth. The only day of the holiday that Charlie was able to dig in the sand this time around.
On the Tuesday even though it was a Bank Holiday William managed to find a garage open and was able to get a new tyre. Yep, we had to buy a new tyre, the damage was too bad to just be a cheap repair job!
West Bay, Dorset. Love it!
These pictures were taken on Saturday, the day before we came home. The weather was good. Bright and blustery.
We had lunch al fresco at the Watch House Cafe which is right on the beach and has recently been refurbished. We’ll definitely be eating here again too.
We had a lovely afternoon in West Bay – exploring areas we hadn’t done in previous visits, lunching, sometimes just sitting and reading within sight and sound of the sea. All good stuff!
Then, on the way home we stopped off at The Harbour Inn, Axmouth…
… for a quick drink.
Next up is the pretty village of Salcombe Regis.