I decided to make a little overnight camping trip to Lee, North Devon to see the Open Mike Night at the Grampus Inn. Normally I would take ‘Dolly’, my little Eriba caravan, to Damage Barton near Morthoe and walk across the fields to Lee but the schools are out for summer and the site is full. With a little trial and error, three garden lounger cushions and a Vango self inflating sleeping mat, I found that I could make up a very comfortable, full length bed in the back of my car. Well, full length for me anyway. The car park on the cove at Lee is free and was virtually empty. There is also a well kept toilet block right next door on the footpath to the village. Result!
The open mike night at the Grampus Inn is always an eclectic collection of surprising talent. None more so than last night. The young man in the first photo below was staying with a friend in Lee and dropped in to give a session. He is a pianist but played a Zimbabwean Mbira. Mostly the songs were from Zimbabwe but his tour de force was Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man. You couldn’t make it up. The other two shots are blurry blues and fuzzy folk, symbolic for the amount of drinking going on.
I have walked all the coastline from Lee many times; westwards to Morte Point, onward to Croyde and Baggy Point and eastwards to Ilfracombe. So, this morning I decided to drive to Ilfracombe and walk westwards to Combe Martin.
Here’s a shot of Ilfracombe from the top of Hillsborough Fort.
The photos below are from the coast path. The last one is from the wharf at Sandy Bay.