Wembury to Cattedown

18/9/12 We wanted to fit some more walks in while the going was still good and so we did this one on a Tuesday. Parking the car in Plymstock, it was the bus that took us to Wembury. It was about one and a half miles down the hill to the ferry crossing for the start of the walk.

Then we retraced the last bit and started back down the Yealm. Wembury beach was busy with schoolchildren, but we weren't tempted by the 117 mile shortcut to Lynmouth.

Heybrook Bay was next where we could see the pub, but it wasn't on the path. A few naval ships started to appear and we had this view of Plymouth breakwater which is different to the usual aspect from the Hoe.

That view was from the pleasant beach at Bovisand. Every corner we went around, we could see a little more of Plymouth until eventually we reached Mount Batten.

Then we turned up the river Plym and pass various boatyards, marinas and bars/restaurants. On entering Turnchapel we spotted a notice telling us of a diversion of the footpath. This probably by-passed two pubs, but rejoined at the Royal Oak.

It was unsurprisingly quiet for a Tuesday afternoon in September, but at least it was open. In fact it was quite cheery and we had two pleasant 6X (4.3%) for £6.20. Then it was round the sewage works and down to Hooe Lake.

From here it was on through Radford to Oreston where the Kings Arms was shut. So it was on past some more light industrial places to Laira Bridge where the Morley Arms was also shut. So we decided to walk on a bit further around some of the glamorous light industrial units towards Cattedown wharf. By then we thought that the pubs should be opening and so we returned to Laira Bridge. The Morley Arms had just opened.

We had a Brains Morgans Organ (4%) and Morlands Original (4%) for £6.60. Again two nice pints in a distinctive pub. The landlord was unhappy with the council's roadworks and let us know. Then it was back to the Kings Arms.

Another nice pub in a nice location, even if it had been modernised. A pint of Tribute PA (4.2%) and Butcombe (4%) for £6.20 later it was time to head home. As it happens, it was just a mile or so up Plymstock Road to the car.

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