Tor Bay in Devon is an odd place from the environmental point of view. There are plenty of interesting coastal landforms here, but also sprawling holiday resorts like Torquay and various unwelcome concrete encroachments on the coast.
However, the area has just received Geopark status, a UNESCO designation. This will hopefully protect and preserve Tor Bay from further desecration.
“Well, may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain…” – Basil Fawlty
No seafaring this weekend. We spent it celebrating my Dad’s 60th birthday. He is going to try and walk 60 miles on his actual birthday this week, good luck Dad!
This was all happening three miles from England’s most inland spot, at the house where I grew up. I actually learned to paddle on canals, with kids throwing breeze blocks at us out of the windows of ruined warehouses. I don’t exactly have a salty maritime background …
PS I was fortunate enough to win this. Grateful thanks to all who voted!
Newlyn is located in Mount’s Bay, South Cornwall. With a fleet of over 100 working boats, Newlyn is the largest fishing port in England and Wales. 9500 tonnes of fish are landed annually, only 30% of which are eaten in Cornwall.
If you are masochistic, the daily landings and auction can be watched at around 7am. Even more masochistic people may wish to visit the Pilchard Works Museum.