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Devon Beach Stroll on a Sunny Winters Day

Devon Beach Stroll on a Sunny Winters Day

It was a beautiful day Sunday so after the routine clean up (strip beds, fumigate teenager’s post sleep over room and restock the log pile.) we headed over to our favourite Devon beaches in the seaside town, Sidmouth. Our spaniel, Roo, has been really poorly but he was pumped up on steroids and desperate for a walk so instead of our usual river side stroll we headed to the seafront which wouldn’t be so energetic for him. The promenade is adorned with Victorian hotels nested between the red Triassic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.

Sidmouth beach, Devon. Mum in a Nutshell

Despite being a seaside resort, the tacky bug has never taken hold of this classy town. There’s a big divide between the haves and have-nots, but there’s also real sense of community. When I stopped to take a photo of this boat, an elderly couple came over to tell me all about the sea loving plants and flowers they’d planted in the hope to grow a conservation development, providing the storms didn’t come and destroy it. And there was me thinking the boat and crab pots had been washed up and dumped on shore when in actual fact, it had been meticulously positioned by diggers and designers.

Beach wrecked boat in Sidmouth, Devon Sidmouth stroll by Mum in a Nutshell


Tween tried his hardest to practice his skateboard skills but is too shy to ask people to move and didn’t want to damage the bearings so it was carried most of the way.

skateboarding on Sidmouth seafront on our sunny Winter beach stroll by Mum in a nutshell

And Baby R was tucked up nicely with Hubby in his man sling conversion. He pulls out the sun hood over the flowers so it’s not so girlie. I really should look into getting him a more manly one as he’s chief baby wearer at weekends!

tucked up nicely in the CatBirdBaby sling on a sunny winter Devon beach stroll by Mum in a nutshell


Beach stroll in Sidmouth, Devon by Mum in a nutshell

We could tell Roo wasn’t quite himself as he’s usually darting around everywhere, saying hello to any one who’s in sight or diving in and out of the waves with Hubby having to call him back with his recall whistle, (which only he can do) I tend to just yell in a high-pitched excited voice and embarrass everyone. It’s sad to see him so subdued but on the other hand he’s a much better behaved doggie!

spaniel on Sidmouth beach in Devon. A Sunny Sunday walk by Mum in a nutshell

Despite the beach looking quite deserted in these photos, on a sunny afternoon, everyone flocks to the seafront. While we made our way back to the car we also had to negotiate a marathon finishing line at the far end of the promenade, if you look closely you can see a couple of runners to the right, followed closely by their little dog.

Busy sidmouth seafront on a sunny February afternoon. Our Sidmouth beach stroll by Mum in a nutshell


I’m in 2 mind as to whether I prefer cold, Winter  or long hot, sunny days. Either way, I do like to be beside the seaside on a Devon Beach.





  1. 9th February 2015 / 6:49 am

    Loved reading this gorgeous post! I’m a big fan of the seaside in all weather too. Beautiful pics xx

    • 10th February 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks Renee, I guess we have to appreciate it in all weathers with our rubbish summers!

  2. 9th February 2015 / 6:51 am

    Loved reading this gorgeous post, and you took some stunning photos too! I’m a huge fan of the seaside in all weather too xx

    • 9th February 2015 / 7:01 am

      Thank you, it was such a lovely day. Perfect photography weather!

  3. 9th February 2015 / 9:56 am

    What a lovely day you had. I think there is something wonderful about a cold day on the beach if you wrap up well! Sorry your gorgeous doggy is feeling poorly – my cat isn’t well either and it’s so upsetting – lovely animals 🙂 #magicmoments

    • 9th February 2015 / 10:28 am

      There is isn’t it. Hope you’re cats better soon, shame they can’t tell us what’s wrong isn’t it.

  4. 9th February 2015 / 10:08 am

    It looks like you had a great family day out, it’s great that Roo was up for a walk on the beach with you all. It looks like the perfect way to spend the afternoon. It’s amazing how empty the beach looks but how full the promenade is, you must’ve hit it just before the afternoon rush! Looking forward to seeing this on Country Kids. Popping over from Magic Moments.

    • 9th February 2015 / 10:29 am

      It was so much easier navigating the beach! All ready to link up on Saturday!

  5. 9th February 2015 / 10:15 am

    I adore trips out like these! i am a massive fan of cold winter days by the sea, wrapped up warm and snug 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • 9th February 2015 / 10:30 am

      I can’t stand being inside on cold sunny days, you’ve got to make the most of them during the winter.

  6. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    9th February 2015 / 11:48 am

    Like you I’m a big fan of the seaside whether it’s warm or cold – as long as it’s dry! Beautiful photos too – had to laugh at your comment about your husband and the sling though! Thanks for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

    • 9th February 2015 / 12:47 pm

      I’m just very lucky that he shows no interest what so ever in my blog so I can write what I want about him!

  7. anne russell
    9th February 2015 / 12:37 pm

    A lovely description of a lovely day. It so makes me want to be back there.

  8. Katie / Pouting In Heels
    9th February 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Ah the seaside! Gosh it doesn’t matter how cold the weather is, there’s nothing quite like that fresh sea air is there?! (So good at blowing away the cobwebs!)

    Gorgeous post and such beautiful pics. Thank you for sharing. X

    • 10th February 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you Kate. I get so much more energy from a quick visit to the beach. Especially on a bright sunny day.

  9. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    9th February 2015 / 1:25 pm

    These are wonderful images! I’m with you – I can’t decide which I like more, the beach in the winter or summer! The winter may just win out as I love the ‘blow the cobwebs’ feeling!


    • 10th February 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Yes, I’d probably agree. I’d never complain about how busy it in the summer as we need the tourist trade but I love having it so quiet.

  10. Jess - MummysCrochetWorld
    9th February 2015 / 3:46 pm

    Oh I do love Sidmouth! looks like a beautiful day x #countrykids

  11. Honest Mum
    9th February 2015 / 4:02 pm

    So stunning, must visit Devon. #sharethejoylinky x

  12. 9th February 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Awww its so pretty there! We live near the sea and its empty in here during winter months but we always go whatever the weather too! #magicmoments

    • 10th February 2015 / 7:42 pm

      You have to make the most of being so lucky to live by the sea all year round don’t you.

  13. 9th February 2015 / 8:07 pm

    You got some great photos on this trip out. I adore anything to do with the beach it is just my favourite favourite place! Were in Dorset and thankfully the beach even though a seaside resort Sandbanks has managed to not become tacky either, I would be so sad if it did!! Nothing better than a stroll on a cold crisp sunny day at the beach. Thanks for linking up #MummyMonday xx

  14. 10th February 2015 / 10:46 am

    How beautiful it looks and such a gorgeous day! It must have been lovely there in the fresh air for all the family together. Lovely photos.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    • 10th February 2015 / 10:55 am

      It was, nothing like a seafront stroll to put everyone in a great mood as well.

  15. Zena's Suitcase
    10th February 2015 / 11:17 am

    It looks like a lovely Sunday stroll. Sidmouth sounds lovely. I really like the picture of the boat. Thanks so much for joining in with #MyFavouritePlace

    • 10th February 2015 / 11:20 am

      It really, was. Such a gloomy day here today. I love sunny days in Devon

  16. 10th February 2015 / 7:46 pm

    That looks idyllic – you make me yearn for coastal life yet I’m pretty sure I’m a city girl! There is something so lovely in seeing the man wear the baby! #MagicMoments

    • 10th February 2015 / 9:47 pm

      I guess that’s what holidays are for? I’m useless in the city, must make it a resolution to improve next year.

  17. 10th February 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I love Sidmouth seafront, we visited hundreds of times as a child as we lived around the corner in Exmouth. Now I live a bit further up country and we rarely get to see it these days, would love a wintery beach walk right now and I bet the girls would love it too. #letkidsbekids

    • 11th February 2015 / 10:30 am

      Exmouth beach is equally stunning, there’s so much going on there too. What a shame you don’t get many beach days. There are some super beauty spots up north though.

  18. 10th February 2015 / 9:54 pm

    I would love to live within a drive to the sea front! What a wonderful way to spend some time out with the family.
    It’s nice to see tourism hasn’t ripped the soul out of this particular stretch!

    • 11th February 2015 / 10:29 am

      Isn’t it just. Tourism has it’s plus points but in moderation, I think.

  19. 11th February 2015 / 6:45 pm

    I thought it was there purely by chance kinda wish the elderly couple didn’t reveal the secret. I haven’t been to Dawlish for years. They lost the train line last year in the storms

  20. Jenny
    11th February 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I am so jealous of your beach adventures and moreso your stunning photography. I could pour of these beauties all night. What a gorgeous place to visit lucky lucky you. I wish I lived closer to the beach. I grew up with one nearby and its hard not having that now with the kids. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  21. 11th February 2015 / 9:50 pm

    My dad raves about sidmouth, I want to go! We’re planning on moving to the coast in a few years. We love it, my nan lives in seaton 🙂 xx

    • 11th February 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Really! Small world, you must visit Sidmouth, it’s a lovely town.

  22. 12th February 2015 / 11:56 am

    Thanks Hannah x it’s a Cat Bird Baby. I couldn’t stretch to a Tula or a 360 ergo which was what I really wanted. Found it on eBay for £25! My mega bargain.

  23. 12th February 2015 / 7:46 pm

    I am so lucky to live by the sea too! I love the winter and the summertime as well. Thank you for linking up to #MyFavouritePlace

  24. 14th February 2015 / 3:16 pm

    What a beautiful day and I adore your boat photo. I really feel for your tween, I have 4 at this stage and it is not easy for them at all, good he comes out with you though and the shyness will pass! thank you for sharing on Country Kids

    • 14th February 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you for your compliment. I hope his shyness passes too, he’s such a lovely boy & I think sometimes it comes across as him being rude.

  25. Hope
    15th February 2015 / 2:03 am

    Wow that looks simply gorgeous, beautiful photos! #letkidsbekids

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