Tuesday was mild, dry, and we even had a little sunshine so I picked up some lunch at a bakery and headed for the beach.
There’s a steep cliff above the beach at Oddicombe Bay, Torquay, but never fear! The cliff railway makes the trip fast and easy. The Babbacombe Cliff Railway was built in 1926 and has transported thousands of people to and from the beach. As one railway car goes up, the other goes down.
Oddicombe is a relatively small beach with a view of rusty red cliffs in one direction and the tiny community on Beach Road in Babbacombe in the other.
I tend to take photographs of flowers, but I was fascinated by the boulders and cliffs of red sandstone containing layers of large rocks and pebbles.
South Devon was at one time a desert broken up by a high mountain range. Deserts are red due to the iron in the soil. The iron leached out of the sand staining the Devonian rocks beneath.
Chunks of rock washed down from the mountains are embedded in the red rock.