Dave and I found ourselves at a bit of a loose end on a Saturday evening and with the sun sort of shining we decided to head to the sea side to blow out the cob webs from our working weeks and treat ourselves to some scrummy fish and chips. Living in Mid Devon has it perks in that we are fairly close to some of Devon’s most stunning beaches. We packed up a bag, grabbed our hoodies and picnic blanket and headed on the A377 to Barnstaple. Once we reached Barnstaple we navigated our way to Braunton where we parked up and ordered our fish and chips from Squires, considering the queue we were served and out the door before we knew it, with two cod and chips in hand.
We hopped back in the car and made the short drive to Saunton Sands, we approached the beach car park down the steep hill and entered through the automatic barrier (for those of you that haven’t visited for a while they have a new car park system, it one which baffled all and left a lot of people scratching their heads as to how to work out how to pay!). Dave made me hurry up and gather our bits from the car for fear of his chippy tea getting cold. We quick marched on to the beach to find a spot to sit but found it to be very blustery, we walked along towards some dunes and found shelter behind a fairly steep sandy mound, but so we could still see the beach in front of us. We shook out the picnic rug and took our sides on the rug eager to unwrap our fishes. We demolished the contents leaving just the greasy papers and sat back and watched some keen sea canoeists trying and failing to stay up right in their canoe, not so fun for them but entertaining for us to watch!
There were several walkers and their dogs in their element out for an evening walk. We soon got cold and fed up of sand blowing on us so we decided to pack up and wander back to the car, on our way back up the hill we passed a little restaurant above a surf shop called Beachside Grill, we chucked our bits in the car and decided to venture in to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate (yes we know how to live on a Saturday night!!). We walked up the stairs and were greeted with a bustling, modern, little open plan restaurant. A waiter came to us almost immediately and we chose to sit outside so we could admire the view. We enjoyed our hot chocolate on the balcony, sat by a warm patio heater.
I love our little trips to North Devon and hope to make more of them over the summer,perhaps packing up our tents next time for a camping adventure.
I will leave you with a few other pictures from our evening at the sea side 🙂 hope you can visit soon too!