Bright sunshine and a stiff breeze greeted me for this re-visit, the beaches still attracting plenty of visitors to both Inner and Outer Hope. This is an affluent part of the South Hams and the restaurants and hotel were doing a brisk trade. This section of the South West Coast Path is highly recommended. There are views across to Burgh Island and Bigbury-on-Sea from Outer Hope beach and the cliffs give a fine perspective to both beaches. Highly recommended.
The appeal of the beach to Pamela and Steven.
The view from Outer Hope beach.
Hope Cove, comprising Inner and Outer Hope, (wrongly identified in the interview and scene setting film, below), nestles beneath dramatic cliffs and among sharp eroded rocks, just offshore. An exceptionally scenic part of the South West Coast Path passes above the beach and there are plenty of facilities, immediately behind the cove. The coast here is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and both peregrine falcons and kestrels can be found just inland, among the greenery. Protected by the National Trust, there is also a rich maritime history, featuring the wreck of a Spanish galleon in Tudor times and the loss of 708 souls on HMS Ramillie in 1760. This is also a notable smuggling area, with fishermen collecting barrels of brandy from the seabed in far flung days.
What the beach means to Stephen, despite here mixing up Inner and Outer Hope.
The view from the cliffs above Hope Cove.
On the breakwater by the beaches at Hope Cove, with myself also mixing up Inner and Outer Hope. See Sarah’s comment, below.