Devon Dawdlings

29 Aug

The London-born poet John Keats said of Devon in 1818, ‘It is a splashy, rainy, misty, snowy, foggy, haily, floody, muddy, slipshod county’. Whilst we didn’t experience all of that in the past week we’ve had our fair share of rainy, misty and muddy.

We usually take fine weather with us to England but it seems our powers failed us this time. Can’t complain though as, first with Tristan and then with Stuart’s sister, Catharine, and friends Anne and Charles, we managed some good walks most days. We are now geared up for the Cornish coastal path starting from St Ives tomorrow.

Rather than a blow by blow account of each walk I’ve posted photos taken on the day. As ever we wrung maximum enjoyment from the best the English countryside has to offer: misty green rolling hills, fat brown cows, precision rolled bales of golden hay dotting golden fields, meandering streams, cosy thatched cottages, juicy blackberries in hedgerows, the peal of church bells, pints of strong real ale, hearty traditional pub food, as well as surprisingly sophisticated pub food, a riot of wild flowers, and no shortage of hail fellow well met locals happy to direct us onto the right path.

Our base was Hembury Court, a purpose built terrace of five-star holiday cottages with a games room, jacuzzi and exercise pavilion on a large farming property. Catharine did a grand job finding and booking two adjoining cottages for us. With two full kitchens we were able to prepare evening feasts and ferried the cooked dishes into the larger dining area to eat together.IMG_4923.JPG
Hembury Court

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Stuart and Charles made good use of the games room.

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And of course croquet was played.

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And so to continue chronicling our walks for this trip:

Walk #2: Hembury Court Circle walk via Broadhembury (1 hour)

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Tristan ensuring his father negotiates a style without incident.

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The Elliotts love their maps, it’s genetic.

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Bridge to Broadhembury.

Walk #3: Otterton Circle Walk from the King’s Arms to Ladram Rock (3 hours)

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Otterton

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Sweet scented Chamomile wild flowers

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Ladram Rock

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Back in Otterton we spotted the sweetest doggie in the window.

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Walk #4: Hembury Court Circle Walk via the Gliding Club and old growth beechwood forest (3 hours) followed by lunch at the Drewe Arms

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Stuart with Anne & Charles

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The main street of Broadhembury

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General Store and Post Office – Stuart has a great story about trying to buy a newspaper there.

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Broadhembury Church (1592)

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Walk #5: Yearlstone Winery, Bickleigh, and Brampford Speke Circle Walk from The Lazy Toad along the River Exe (2 hours)

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Gillie, our vineyard tour guide

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Yearlstone’s ‘pink fizz’ is exceptionally good.

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Three wine tastings for three pounds.

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Many thanks to our tireless path finder, Catherine

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and to Anne and Charles for the belly laughs playing Balderdash. Until next time!

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3 Responses to “Devon Dawdlings”

  1. Julie Kempnich August 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Lovely photos esp some of the coastline. Hope you all consoled yourselves in the miserable weather in Devon with regular Devonshire Teas! You could certainly afford to , with all the exercise you are getting. Keep well Julie xx

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    • Sharon Tickle September 1, 2014 at 8:39 am #

      Hi Julie, no cream teas for me but I am enjoying the Cornish vegan breakfast! Sxx

  2. Margaret T September 1, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Loved the photos, twas just like being there. Love Mother.

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