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Continued from Sidmouth to Beer - 'lite' version - #1.
So I'd just looked at Berry Cliff and the undercliff below it. At this point, as you continue eastward, the South West Coast Path joins a woodland track through quite complicated terrain: a blade of land with steep hillside on the left; sea cliff on the right; and the top comprising weird hummocky woodland whose nature appears to be partly down to geology, and partly to long-bygone lime quarrying. You can see in this old image from the Branscombe Project what it was like before the tree cover.
I didn't take many photos of the woods. I don't know if anyone else finds woodland difficult to photograph; the sheer depth is difficult to convey. I've found stereopairs often do the trick.
|Crossed-eye stereopair - click to enlarge|
|View across Branscombe valley|
|Looking across Branscombe Mouth|
|Distant view over 'plats' to the Hooken Undercliff|
|Branscombe Mouth and the Sea Shanty|
|Looking ahead to the Under Hooken landslip|
|Looking back to Martin's Rock|
|Climbing out of the 'jungle' ...|
|... and finally the full vista from Beer Head|
Once at Beer Head, it's an easy descent to Beer village. On the way, there are good views of the western end of the Axmouth-Lyme Undercliff, and even beyond to Golden Cap in Dorset. That's for another day ...
|From Beer Head, looking across to Axmouth and the Lyme Undercliff|
|Lyme Undercliff (Culverhole Point) and Golden Cap beyond|
|Descending to Beer|