On Saturday afternoon I had friends over and they wanted to go for a walk. Fortunately, Exmouth is blessed with quite a lot of beach, and if you start at Orcombe Point you can finish at The Grove on the Esplanade and feel you’ve earned a swift half or six. These are some of the things you’ll see if you take that route.

This is Orcombe Point. Pick the wrong time and you'll find all of this sand underwater, so work out the tides first

This is Orcombe Point. Pick the wrong time and you'll find all of this sand underwater, so work out the tides first

Once you're round Orcombe Point, the scale of the task becomes apparent.

Once you're round Orcombe Point, the scale of the task becomes apparent.

There are always a few sandcastles along the beach. A message requires this one not to be touched.

There are always a few sandcastles along the beach. A message requires this one not to be touched.

Exmouth's new lifeboat station, which you could just see in the distance in the last picture

Exmouth's new lifeboat station, which you could just see in the distance two pictures ago.

Sand dunes along the beach

Sand dunes along the beach.

The RNLI station from the dunes. In the distance is Orcombe Point

The RNLI station from the dunes. In the distance is Orcombe Point.

This line of beach huts is about half-way along the route. The volleyball nets are only a couple of years old

This line of beach huts is about half-way along the route. The volleyball nets are only a couple of years old.

The landing stage is usually out on sunny days, but it's winched up the beach at night. It's absolutely ancient and must be on its last legs.

The landing stage is usually out on sunny days, but it's winched up the beach at night. It's absolutely ancient and must be on its last legs.

Eat your heart out, Washington: we have an Octagon, and it sells ice cream.

Eat your heart out, Washington: we have an Octagon, and it sells ice cream.

The clock tower was put up for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. Reaching it means that the walk is nearly over.

The clock tower was put up for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. Reaching it means that the walk is nearly over.

The Grand Hotel. The pub is at the end of this line of buildings.

The inaptly named Grand Hotel. The pub is at the end of this line of buildings.

Looking out to sea from here you can see Dawlish Warren. The visible portion is the nice part of Dawlish Warren: go by sea and don't waste time on the tourist area.

Looking out to sea from here you can see Dawlish Warren. The visible portion is the nice part of Dawlish Warren: go by sea and don't waste time on the tourist area.

The end of the line: The Grove, where you can now spend the rest of the day recuperating.

The end of the line: The Grove, where you can now spend the rest of the day recuperating.