Sabbatical Diary – Day 39

Smeaton’s Tower at Plymouth Hoe. A great place to look out at shipping movements.

Smeaton’s Tower is the upper section of what was the third Eddystone Lighthouse, in use from 1759 to 1882. After it was replaced it was moved and rebuilt at Plymouth Hoe, as a memorial to the civil engineer John Smeaton, who designed it.

Eddystone Rocks are about 9 miles South of Rame Head, which is just to the South West of Plymouth. They are very dangerous for shipping in the English Channel, the busiest shipping lane in the world, and have been protected by a lighthouse since 1698. The base of the third lighthouse, Smeaton’s Tower, is still in place just behind the fourth, and current, lighthouse. The current lighthouse can be seen from the coast on a clear day.

Bright day, with clear spells interspersed with showers, much better than forecast.

Lots of lovely places visited today, including winding my way through the narrow streets of Salcombe, Polperro, and Mevagissey.

Mevagissey Harbour.

I also enjoyed ferry crossings at Torpoint and Bodinnick/Fowey. All good.

View up the river while waiting for the ferry at Bodinnick.

And, got a free Cream Tea when I got to my hotel! Not bad at all!

Land’s End tomorrow, then very much on my way home.

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