Friday, 28 August 2015

Holiday in East Devon, Part 1

Well, it has been a while since my last blog post. We have been away for a fortnight in beautiful East Devon and since getting back a week ago life has been a bit mad but at last I have found time to sit down at the computer, begin to sort out some of the hundreds of photos I took and to write a blog post.

We travelled down to Devon on Thursday 6th August and while awaiting our allotted time to take over the cottage we were going to stay in we drove round through Budleigh Salterton to reacquaint ourselves with this lovely location, this is the place that time forgot, it is not at all commercialised and you could almost be back in the 1950's, it has that kind of feel about it.

Budleigh Beach looking west

Budleigh Beach looking east

Couldn't resist taking this boat, the name sums up what we were hoping to do this holiday

We returned to a lovely little cottage that we have stayed in four times before in the village of Knowle, just outside Budleigh Salterton. It is an idyllic location, up a country lane, quiet (apart from horses from the local riding stable clip-clopping up the lane on occasions), not overlooked and with a beautiful garden which we can relax in. As you can see from the following photos it didn't take us long to feel completely at home.

After settling in and having a meal we drove back down to Budleigh for an evening walk on the beach where we watched some big waves break on the shoreline.

This is the Otter estuary behind the beach at Budleigh

The following day we drove to Darts Farm near Topsham where we undertook the first of many walks we took on this holiday. We walked on part of the Exe trail - a new walkway/cycleway which has been created and goes right around the Exe estuary. This walk took us to Bowling Green Marsh, a local bird-watching hide where the birds come to feed when the Exe estuary is at high tide. We hit the tides wrong and there were not too many waders on the marsh but a lot of Canada geese flew in while we were there.

I love this sign marking the route of the Exe trail

The walkway/cycleway crossing the Exe

Canada Geese at Bowling Green Marsh

Looking down the Exe estuary

Walking back to Darts Farm

A lovely old bridge

On returning to Darts Farm we enjoyed a lovely lunch before purchasing some goodies to take back to our cottage for us to enjoy, this is a mega farm shop, on the expensive side but if you can't treat yourselves when you are on holiday when can you? 

We enjoyed lunch before starting our shop

Some of the farm shop goodies on display

Lots of lovely cheeses and other things to sample at the deli counter

There was time after shopping to go and walk among the sunflowers which were growing at Darts, a lovely sight.

It was then time to return to the cottage where I made a start on my holiday crochet project and enjoyed a mug of coffee while relaxing in the garden.

On our first Saturday we decided to explore a bit more of the Exe trail, this time we set off from Exmouth on a perfect day, sunny and warm but with a little breeze to make it comfortable. 

My DH taking in the view before leaving Exmouth 

The path out of Exmouth before joining the trail

The estuary at low tide

On the trail which runs parallel to the railway with Exmouth in the background

Looking across to the west side of the estuary

We arrived at Lympstone, a very quaint village just at the right time to enjoy a ploughman's lunch at The Swan. 

This is the first time I have seen washing hung out on a beach!

I just hope they remembered to take it in before the tide came in!

We were intending to catch the train back to Exmouth but felt full of energy after lunch so we decided to walk back, this time following the footpath rather than the trail. It was now high tide so a very different landscape on our return journey.

The footpath was very narrow and a bit hazardous in places, I think in future we will stick to the trail.

We really enjoyed this walk, one which we would repeat later on during our holiday. 

I hope I haven't bored you, if you have read this far I guess probably not. I hope to be back with Part 2 very soon.


  1. You visited some lovely places! That farm shop looks as though it is something else! So glad you had such a great time! xx

  2. Looks like you were lucky with the weather!! Beautiful part of the country. We often go to Darts Farm, I had no idea about the lovely walks in that area, I would love to walk beside the Estuary but Husband is no walker!! Looking forward to the next instalment!!

  3. Not a bit boring! Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Jan, lovely photos, not boring at all! What more could you need - a holiday with a bit of crochet thrown in! Xx

  5. I am intrigued by your yarn holder - what a brilliant idea! Did you buy it or was it made for you? Gorgeous photos by the way.

    1. Hi Sooze, my friend gets them from a friend of hers who makes them. He still has some so If you are interested in buying one just let me know. xx

    2. Thanks Jan, I showed the pic to my husband, who says he's going to have a go at making me one. It's such a clever idea.

  6. It all looks wonderful in the sun. :-)

  7. Such a lovely getaway, Jan! I just love the little cottage and garden where you stayed. It all looks so very peaceful--especially that glorious sunflower field! You are so lucky to have so many varied places to visit in England--and within driving distance. Things here in the U.S. are so spread out that it can take a terribly long time to visit other states...

  8. Super photos - a lovely part of England!
    Caz xx

  9. It looks like a lovely place to visit, an ideal break x