A Day in the life of a place to dream of... and not to tell

I started spending time at apartment 5 over 20 years ago, when I bought it off-plan. At that time, I had never been to Bigbury-on-Sea or even knew of its location in South Hams.  I soon discovered its outstanding natural beauty, the delights of the large golden sandy beach, the endlessly changing surf (now with a surf school) and the great coastal walks. The climate is great. One year I sunbathed on the apartment patio two days before Christmas! There is so much for relaxation, not only the views, the coast, and the beach but also the Leisure Centre's excellent facilities.

One day following light breakfast at the apartment my day started at the Leisure Centre's indoor pool, followed by the Jacuzzi, sauna and a short workout in the gym. The coffee and excellent homemade cake in the Leisure Centre cafe made up for the light breakfast and probably negated the positive benefits of the workout, but was irresistible.

I felt warm and relaxed and took the car for the short drive to Modbury to buy a replacement kettle at "Pickles" hardware store — a shop that B&Q cannot match. Modbury is the natural centre of my holiday shopping, I stocked up at the deli and butchers and my reward for shopping was tea and a cake at the Lazy Cow cafe by the car park. 

Plymouth was my next port of call to visit the National Maritime Aquarium (is it possible to have an aquarium that is not "maritime"?) to see the imaginative presentation of fantastic sea life, from the tiny sea horses to the basking sharks. After that, I escaped from the bustle of the central shopping area for a stroll in Drake's footsteps on the Hoe with spectacular views over Plymouth Sound and imagined what it was like for Drake seeing the invading Spanish Armada on the horizon.

Back to the apartment for a late lunch at the Leisure Centre cafe and bar, followed by some kite flying on the beach and then a gentle swim as the tide flowed round Burgh Island and covered the warm sandy causeway.

In the evening, it was dinner at the White Hart but any of the other local restaurants, Journey's End, Bistro 35, and Oyster shack would have also been good choices. I have had many such wonderful days in the last 20 years and I could go on but I hope that some of the other pages on my websites —  local activities, what to see, entertainment, eating and drinkingbest thing to do, other useful links, photo gallery — will help you choose your own "days in the life" of your apartment 5 holiday. Or, just spend another day on the beach. It is a place to dream of... and not to tell — but then I never could keep a secret.

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John Davies

View across the Bigbury bay