South Devon - Burgh Island
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There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.
Burgh Island was a favourite spot for Agatha Christie. It was the inspiration for Soldier Island for her novel 'And then there were None' and the hotel that Hercule Poirot stayed at in 'Evil under the Sun'.
If this had been an old house, with creaking wood, and dark shadows, and heavily paneled walls, there might have been an eerie feeling. But this house was the essence of modernity. There were no dark corners—no possible sliding panels—it was flooded with electric light—everything was new and bright and shining. There was nothing hidden in this house, nothing concealed.
This walk starts on the mainland in nearby Ringmore before walking along the river estuary of the Avon. Depending on the tide we may be able to walk across to the Island for lunch, or there is a 'bus' you can catch over but we'll have lunch on the beach, get to spend an hour or so exploring (or going for a swim), before heading back to the mainland past Bigbury-on-Sea before following the coastal path towards Ringmore again.
The walk is around 12 miles, and will take about 4 or 5 hours depending on how long we spend on Burgh Island and the beaches.
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Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but we do ask the following:
- Please appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
- Please ensure you adhere to the Countryside Code at all times - see (Keeping Dogs Under Effective Control)
If your dog is uncontrolled and strays in open land frightening other animals or livestock, the leader is supported by the OutdoorLads board of trustees to ask you to leave the event as this is not acceptable behaviour.
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What to bring
Please bring sun block and a sun hat.
We'll be walking on the beach, so you might want to bring a change of shoes (flip-flops, sandles) for those stretches. Walking boots are essential for the rest of the walk.
Depending on time and the weather, we may have time for a swim in the sea, so you might want to bring a towel and trunks etc.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water (at least a litre).
There will be plenty of the typical sea-side kiosks selling ice-creams and in the Hotel on the Island itself you can get a Cream Tea, although there is a dress code - which we'll probably not be dressed for so don't count of that!
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of