We did one of our weekend walks with Mad Friend and dog[s] – she was puppy sitting for a neighbour, a cute little thing half Jack Russell, half Shih Tzu so it tickled me that it went by the name of a Jack Shi [t]. We parked in Cawsand carpark and headed out on the SW Coast path towards Rame Head. The beginning bit of the walk is woodland with glimpses of coast through the trees but then, when you reach the top of the incline, you get the pay off as the coastline opens up and you get the full view of Rame Head in front with Plymouth Sound behind and the coast stretching out into South Devon. We stopped to take it all in and then headed down the cliff for a bit and came across an old folly, known as Queen Adelaide’s Grotto [and/or Seat]. Adelaide was wife to King William IV who, as the third son of George III was never expected to take the throne, which he did at the age of 64. He was known as the Sailor King because he spent most of his youth in the navy; captain of the frigate Pegasus he spent time in Plymouth at the naval base, in fact the Royal William Yard which I mention often is named after him, built as a naval victualling yard it is now a thriving hub of restaurants and bars. But what a lovely folly to find and to sit in its arched doorways and look at the views was magic.
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