Brixham is famous for it's Pirate days and Walks arranged by the Brixham Buccaneers. Why not try the Buccaneer's Way or Blackbeard's Trail. The walks lead you through the historic town taking in all points of interest. Find out more at www.brixhambuccaneers.co.uk
New location signs to help improve coastguard rescue times
From an idea by Mick Cooke of Brixham Coastguard an initiative of fixing grid reference plates at various points along the 630 mile Coast path is to help the many ramblers and other users know where they are.
Sponsorship and collaboration for this ambitious project is being provided by Endurance Life, South West Coast Path Association.
Mick Cooke said: "Other emergency services are provided with addresses, postcodes or street names to help them locate the incident but the coastguard get given a description of land for most of their incidents on the coast. This project will help to provide a faster response and shorter search time to incidents on many areas on the coastpath, this will benefit the casualty by reducing the time they may wait to receive medical treatment, as we know getting medical help is time critical, minutes could mean lives. The project is not statistically driven, it is based on common sense, the coastpath has millions of visitors each year and with more people taking staycations visitor numbers are bound to increase. This project shows how HM Coastguard is a pro active force as well as a reactive one. Brixham, Portland Falmouth and Swansea coastguard stations and their rescue teams. are all involved in this project. A huge thank you to the Coastguard Rescue teams who are so enthusiastic, for their support and hard work getting out there checking the grid referencing and fixing the signs."
The South West Coast Path runs through 4 counties (Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset) and is over 630 miles long. The Grid plates which are 3" x 1" are white metal plates with black lettering are visible without being intrusive, they will be mainly fixed on vertical Fingerposts and Waymarker posts, gates and styles may be used if vertical posts are not available.
These are some photos from my recent coastal walk from Bantham to Broadsands, one of the most spectacular stretches of the South West Coast Path. If you would like to visit there are many stop off points and places to visit on the route. Just follow the links to our local tourist information sites for further information. Tourist Information Centres