January 2019 – testing the microclimate

With snow sweeping in across the West of England, a Thursday night trip down the M4/M5 to Brixham might have seemed a bit of a bold step to take.

Luckily we managed to miss the worst of the snow, diverting off the M5 just past Exeter to head to Dawlish and then along the coast to Brixham, where the warmer sea air had kept the snow at bay.

January millpond days in Brixham Harbour

It was still cold – very cold – but the crisp mornings and clear blue skies more than made up for it as we managed to fit in a bracing walk to Berry Head inbetween a couple of great meals in Rockfish and The Lytehouse, and a pint or two in some of Brixham’s cosier pubs as well.

Berry Head – with snow still visible on Dartmoor in the distance
Harbour panorama from North View Road

We also discovered Chocella, and it’s rather excellent cakes… which made the Sunday morning walk up to Berry Head even more necessary!

All in all, a very pleasant and sunny weekend for what appeared to be the depths of winter across much of the rest of the country.