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So while I was in the UK I was very aware that they’ve been having weather problems on a large scale.

One key aspect of the coverage centred on the railway line in Dawlish, Devon.

This was the place I spent my first holiday without my parents many moons ago and my school friend and I travelled to that tiny coastal village by train.

Now if you’re unaware of this spot then here’s the BBC coverage of the event.

And here’s what it normally looks like.
Dawlish

The train journey itself was an epic one as the rail line has run along the coast for at least a century.

train experiences

So to the point of my post. While in Devon I picked up on the great concern of the impact all this would have on tourism. Easter is approaching and this would normally be a good time for visitors in the South West of England.

I decided this would be a good opportunity for us to ensure we did some tourist things. That wouldn’t necessarily have been part of the itinerary but I’m anti consumerist and believe in supporting the local economy. That leaves experience based pounds.

We travelled to Gweek. No it’s not one you will have heard of.

But it’s a tiny place near Lands End. It’s on the Lizard Peninsula.

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See what I did there?

Now the Seal Sanctuary has been saving stranded seals found on beaches in Cornwall and Devon for fifty years.

Seal Sanctuary

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(I should point out here that it’s now affiliated with Sea life which is not an organisation I am keen on. But sadly I didn’t know that until the end of our visit.)

The information about the centre paints a positive picture where many seals, sea lions and otters have been supported and sustained either to recovery and release or to a safer life in captivity for those unable to return.

It was a very worthwhile visit.

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