hand-on-hips through the riviera

Our third ferry of the trip was a small, narrow affair over the River Teign to Shaldon this morning.  It claims to be the oldest passenger ferry still running in Britain, tracing itself back to at least 1296.  On foot on the other side we had decent climbs to look back over Teignmouth and towards Torbay.  Then more fun transportation as we hitched ride on the Oddocombe Cliff Railway that scoots up and down the incline:  relatively modern, dated from a mere 1926.

Lunch at Babbacombe with views across the bay.  Thence to Torquay via its touristic throng, new, snazzy footbridge, and the London Eye clone, and then through a somewhat more greyed, sagging-looking Paignton.  Our 19+ mile day ended with turning the corner east at the bottom of the big sweep towards Brixham, spying the Dartmouth steam train coming around the corner before Churston.