Sometimes unexpected and unplanned days out are the best. You have no pre-formed expectations and you’re just happy to be out and about and experiencing something new.
Kev wasn’t too happy when I suggested a trip to Berry Head. The roads to get there are often busy and at the moment it involves negotiating a huge mass of roadworks too. However, as he’d worked on the refurb of the facilities and cafe up there some years ago, the temptation was too big for him and we negotiated our way down there. His prior knowledge of the back roads was very helpful and we soon found ourselves there, wandering around in the sun on a lovely warm February afternoon.
Berry Head towers 200 feet above the English Channel and has the remains of constructions built during the Napoleonic, Cold and Second World Wars. During those times it housed observation points, anti-aircraft guns, lighthouses and 18th and 19th century naval signalling stations.
Today, as well as visiting these remains, it is a wonderful area for butterflies, insects and birds. A nicely perched bird hide allows you to watch over the coastline unseen. Even if the wildlife isn’t your “thing” the breathtaking views and plunging cliffs are well worth seeing.
We popped into the splendid Guardhouse Cafe for a lovely cuppa and superb bowl of chilli with cheesy chips and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you call in there too if you find yourself in the area. Quite handily their website will give you a good idea of the weather conditions if you check it before you leave home. If the weather’s too bad – they’re closed! If you sign up to their newsletter you’ll also be kept informed of their events at the cafe, which sound lip-smackingly tantalising.
It really was a lovely few hours away and we’ll definitely be going back. It just goes to show that when sunny days present themselves this time of year, you really should make the most of it. Lovely memories are made and it really does make the weekend seem so much longer having been out and done something.