The railway that runs from Dawlish to Teignmouth is the most expensive to maintain in Britain. This is mostly because it is built along the seawall and, in places, along the beach and it is constantly beset by storms. The rail line runs along the foot of the cliff to the left.
The railway was one of the first built by Brunel in the mid-1800s and was initially propelled by atmospheric pressure. By building along the waterfront, Brunel managed to see off the competition from stagecoaches which had not been able to get down to the sea from the cliffs. This is (I think) the Union of South Africa Torbay Express passing through at the weekend - still attracting a fair number of enthusiasts.
The South West Coastal Path runs more or less alongside the railway on this stretch, but, unlike the rail line, runs over the cliffs instead of through them. This takes the coastal path up and down more often than the spot price of Brent crude. Here it climbs alongside the few houses built on the cliffs.
And between garden walls.
Sadly, it swings back to the cliff edge just as it reaches The Smugglers Inn, so no temptations in one's way (unfortunately).
And up over the cliff, with Dawlish now clearly visible (and indeed Exmouth beyond) in the distance.
These cliffs are a constant problem. Just a few days ago, another house, a little south of here, fell into the sea when the cliff collapsed. The path is now quite close to the cliff edge.
Back among habitation on the clifftop, the path passes again through gardens.
I turned back here across open fields, through farmland and the outskirts of Holcombe village.
Sadly, these fields might not be open very much longer, as planning permission has been sought to build dwellings.
Back into Teignmouth. A perfect way to spend a couple of hours at the end of the day, working up a thirst, ready to sit and watch another sunset.