Plenty of room on the beach for a few more but busier close to Langstone rock. The sandy beach over the water is beyond the River Exe Estuary at Exmouth.
Along the opposite side of the railway line are large areas of Hottentot fig or†Carpobrotus edulis for those who like the proper botanical name. It is also known as †highway ice plant or pigface. It is an invasive non-native succulent plant originating from South Africa with both yellow and pink flowers. Network Rail regard it as a problem by making the rock face more unstable and attacked it with weed killer a year or two ago but it seems to be returning. A bit of a shame as it is quite colourful and attractive to the eye.
Other plants that grow along the cliff side are the pink sea thrift which unfortunately are at the very end of their flowering at present and the Beach Aster (Erigeron glaucus). One example is clinging to the Rockstone footbridge abutment wall. It is also known as†seaside fleabane or seaside daisy.
The Devon Red Sandstone cliffs have been eroded over the years and form some fascinating sights and are often visited by geology student parties.
Of course the sea wall is a Mecca for railway fans with being on the main line to South Devon and Cornwall, a variety of diesel service trains , a few freight trains and what a wonderful place it is to photograph the fairly frequent steam train excursions to the area. Today saw the returning empty tank wagons from Cornwall hauled by one of the newest locomotives in the Uk††and a picture of one of the GWR High Speed Trains that form the services to and from London to Penzance, Plymouth and Torbay.
Wish you were here?