Monday, 14 September 2015

Holiday in East Devon final part!!!

I am wrapping up my set of holiday posts. It seems to have taken me forever to blog about my holiday, cannot believe how the time has got away from me since we returned.

We enjoyed a picnic on the beach at Budleigh Salterton and I took the opportunity to photograph my crochet coastal blanket and my coastal stash bag in the setting which inspired me to do these projects.

I even managed a little crochet after our picnic before we took a walk up the Otter estuary.

Canada Geese grazing in the field overlooking the estuary

Looking back towards the sea from the White Bridge

Many options for our walk but we chose to walk on towards Otterton

The River Otter

View from the bumpy path looking back towards the Otter

We walked up the Otter river as far as the aqueduct before following an extremely bumpy hard compacted mud path back towards Budleigh. We didn't enjoy this part of the walk too much as the surface made walking difficult. We were pleased to get back to the even surface of the Limekiln carpark!

I had read about the Oak Barn and the delicious afternoon teas they served so we stopped on our way home where I succumbed to another cream tea, surely I deserved that after all the walking we had been doing??? We were fascinated by this lovely drift wood sculpture of a horse outside the tearoom.

This was followed by more relaxing in the garden at Brackens and more crochet!

Another sunny and clear day followed so we set off to East Budleigh to do some more walking. We parked in the village and walked to Hayes Wood, a fairly steep climb but with wonderful views over the village and to the coast.

Again, unfortunately, the walk back towards the village wasn't so good, the path was lumpy, stony and muddy in places with high hedges so we didn't get the lovely views we had on our way up the hill and along the top but the thought of lunch at the Sir Walter Raleigh kept us join going.

After an excellent lunch we drove to a very crowded Sidmouth where we struggled to find a parking space but managed to eventually. We didn't stay too long but long enough for me to make an indulgent purchase of a Radley bag which I had had my eye on for some time before driving back to the Oak Barn for a return visit. No cream tea today but DH enjoyed a slice of sticky toffee cake whilst I stuck to just drinking a mug of their delicious coffee.

Our last full day dawned cold, wet and windy. We had booked to go on the Exe round robin boat trip from Exmouth to Topsham returning to Exmouth by train and as we had paid for it we decided to go and make the best of it. Unfortunately we had to sit in the lower covered deck of the Tudor Rose rather than on the open top deck but were given an entertaining commentary while the deck hand had her work cut out wiping windows to keep them from steaming up so we could half see what the skipper was telling us about.

The Marina at Exmouth
The Tudor Rose appearing out of the murk!

On the lower deck keeping dry!

Despite the weather we enjoyed the boat journey and would like to do it again on a better day so we can sit on the top deck and photograph the lovely scenery that we knew was out there somewhere!

It was too wet to spend much time looking around Topsham so we headed straight to the station to catch the train. We did however hop off at Lympstone to enjoy another fantastic meal at The Swan, the best lasagne I have ever had.

Our last morning was yet another rainy, grey and dreary day. After packing everything into the car and saying goodbye to lovely Brackens for another year we drove via Budleigh Salterton which was half covered by low cloud.

What a difference to the photo below which was taken on the day we arrived.

We had planned to make the most of our last day so we had time for a last walk on the beach at Exmouth, again an almost empty beach - can't imagine why!

We finished off by visiting Darts Farm and Greendale Farm Shop for supplies for home for us and my Mum, one more tasty bacon bap and coffee before making our homeward journey.

A fantastic holiday, despite at times, very unseasonable weather. Counting the days until we return next year to this lovely unspoilt part of Devon.

I hope you have enjoyed my holiday postings. I have probably gone over the top with the photographs but I never can decide what to put in and what to leave out. Thank you for reading if you have made it this far!!!


  1. Lovely pix of your Devon adventure!
    Margaret P

  2. What a great post and your blanket + bag are amazing!
    I love the palette of colors you picked!
    Greetings from Chicago~

  3. Wow, your coastal blanket looks fantastic - I'm only about half way through mine. Looks like you had a lovely time, even if the weather wasn't the greatest at times. x