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    Blue flag beach!

    by GrantBoone Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    Woolacombe in North Devon is a nice seaside town with a huge sandy beach which stretches south for about 2 miles. The beach is popular with surfers and families and there are plenty of facilities and parking.

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    Exeter cathedral

    by angiebabe Written Aug 10, 2013

    One of the excellent finds at Exeter cathedral was looking down at the floor and seeing the gravestone of Flora MacDonalds grandson - unaware that he is buried there.
    Flora is famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charles to escape from the Isle of Skye and with us being of Scottish roots and keen to savour the essence of history during our first visit to Scotland we had visited the house in which she lived and her gravestone while we were on Skye.

    Just as we visited Jedburgh where the deathmask of Mary Stuart is kept, and a number of the castles and towns that are attached to her history.

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    Visit the Jurassic Coast

    by angiebabe Written Aug 10, 2013

    no sightings of dinosaurs or Steven Spielberg roaming around - but this 95 miles stretch of coast between Exmouth and Studland Bay became England's first World Heritage site because of the geological records discovered here.
    Fossils have been found here thought to represent the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods - which together form the Mesozoic Era.

    The Dorset area is said to the richest area for fossil hunters but the East Devon area is the oldest and includes the richest mid-Triassic reptile sites in Britain.

    Lots of diversity in the geography with sandstone seastacks at Ladram bay, red cliffs with thick tree undercliffs and white chalk along at Beer head.

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    Beer on the beach for breakfast!!

    by angiebabe Updated Aug 10, 2013

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    Ha ha - Beer for breakfast!!
    This delightful town on the Devon coast called Beer has nothing to do with beer to drink but the old English word 'bearu' meaning small wood. And indicating the small village and fishing port that is nestled in a small woody cove.

    A good friend and I were having a few days driving around Devon from Dorset and found a room for the night at the Beer youth hostel on the hill above the village, and headed down to the beach for breakfast.

    Would you believe there are cafes with full breakfast menus right on the beach. Its a long beach made of large round stones - no sand - but a joy to see tables and chairs set up with carpet and walkways over the stones so you can walk to your table and relax comforftably while enjoying your coffe and bacon and eggs on the beach!

    Do it! excellent visit.

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    Torquay

    by grayfo Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    Torquay the largest resort in Devon is located in an area known as the English Riviera on the northern promontory of Torbay, it has good beaches, exciting attractions, an excellent nightlife and it’s well known palm trees that line the promenade. The town is also suitable for the mature traveller with its grand hotels and small guest houses a great place to take tea and enjoy the sunshine. Must see sights include: Kents Cavern, Living Coasts, Babbacombe Model Village and the Princess Theatre to name but a few.

    June 2012

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    Visit Burgh Island,South Devon,England

    by CDM7 Written Jun 20, 2013

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    A small tidal island just off the South Devon coast in England.The nearest seaside village is Bigbury-On-The-Sea, and it is here that i spent several holidays as a youngster.I enjoyed this area so much that over the years have returned several times.
    The island is some 270 yards from the mainland and at low tide is approachable by foot.At high tide the only way to gain access is by a sea tractor.The island has one hotel and a pub,the hotel was built in 1929,but in 2006 it was completely restored to its 30s glamour.This is not a cheap place for a stay with prices ranging from £310 to £640 per night.

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    Totnes

    by grayfo Written Jun 9, 2013

    Totnes is a market town located at the head of the estuary of the River Dart, it is a historical town where past and present have been closely interwoven. Must see sights include: Totnes Castle, the Church of St Mary, Eastgate, the Leechwell and the Butterwalk to name but a few.

    June 2012

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    Teignmouth

    by grayfo Updated May 28, 2013

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    Teignmouth is an historic and current port located at the mouth of the Teign estuary. It is a small town that is easy to walk around with a handful of chain stores surrounded by many interesting smaller shops. Teignmouth also has all the attractions of a seaside town, including a Victorian pier, a promenade, cliff walks, an outdoor swimming pool, theatre, and a number of Inns, cafes, bars and restaurants.

    June 2012

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    Paignton

    by grayfo Updated May 24, 2013

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    Paignton, along with Torquay and Brixham, make up the three towns of Torbay, the "English Riviera". Paignton the central town is known for its long sandy and child friendly beaches; the town has also developed as a lively fun centre with its summertime seafront illuminations.

    Must see sights include: Paignton Zoo and the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway.

    June 2012

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    Newton Abbot

    by grayfo Written May 20, 2013

    Newton Abbot is a busy market town that located near the south coast of Devon, the market dates back to 1220.

    Must see sights include: the Alexandra Theatre, St Leonards Tower, Forde House, Bradley manor, the Passmore Edwards Public Library, the Workhouse, Tucker’s Maltings, Ye Olde Cider Bar and the Town Museum.

    June 2012

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    Moretonhampstead

    by grayfo Written May 13, 2013

    Moretonhampstead is an ancient market town that is located virtually in the centre of Devon and sits on the north-eastern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It is a town with over 1,000 years of history starting as a small Saxon settlement in approximately 700 A.D. in fact the town name is derived from the Saxon word “Mortun” meaning “an enclosed piece of land near the moor”. The town is the perfect base for exploring the National Park, popular activities include: hiking, cycling and pony trekking.

    June 2012

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    Dawlish

    by grayfo Updated May 3, 2013

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    Dawlish is a resort located on the south coast of Devon and is not only known for its sands and cliff scenery, but also the railway line running between the beach and the town. In the centre of Dawlish is the Lawn, an attractive garden laid out on each side of Dawlish Water (aka The Brook). A great attraction in the town is the Black Swans which are descended from rare birds that were introduced from Western Australia.

    Must see sights include: Dawlish Warren to the east of the town that consists of facilities for holiday-makers, a Blue-Flag beach and Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve.

    June 2012

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    Dartmouth

    by grayfo Written Mar 7, 2013

    Dartmouth is a town set on the banks of the River Dart estuary and is made up of ancient narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries & delicatessens. The town is also home to the Britannia Royal Naval College and is linked to the village of Kingswear, on the other side of the River Dart, by two car ferries and one passenger ferry.

    June 2012

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    Dartmoor National Park

    by grayfo Written Feb 15, 2013

    Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. With over 450 miles of public rights of way, there is also an abundance of walking routes to suit all tastes and abilities. The Moor is divided by two main roads into the Northern and Southern Moors. The Northern Moor is more isolated and austere with parts of it being used by the Army for training. The Southern Moor is more popular with tourists.

    Must see places include: Moretonhampstead, Tavistock, Bovey Tracey, Oakhampton, and Princetown to name but a few.

    June 2012

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    Killerton - A Fascinating Day Out From Exeter

    by johngayton Written Feb 12, 2013

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    For a family day out from Exeter the former Stately Home of the wealthy Acland family, Killerton, is well worth a visit.

    The house and its gardens was built in 1778 by Sir Thomas Acland, a Devon landowner and businessman, initially as a temporary residence but became the family home for the next 165 years.

    In 1944 the head of the family was the peer and former Liberal MP Sir Richard Acland. Following his conversion to Socialism, and subsequent joining of the British Common Wealth Party, he decided that such ostentatious ownership didn't agree with his deeply-felt principles and bequeathed Killerton, along with its 6,400 acre estate, to the National Trust.

    The National Trust have retained the appeal of the house as a family home and it is now open to the public 10 months a year (closed November and January). Each room has kept its individuality but instead of being a sterile roped-off museum the National Trust have actively created a living dwelling where visitors are welcome to sit and read in the library or play the piano in the music room.

    Children too are encouraged to roam pretty much at will and a popular challenge for them is to find the hidden mice secreted around the property and its gardens.

    The wooded grounds too are fully accessible, and dog-friendly, with miles of footpaths and all sorts of interesting features such as the Bear Hut and the Ice Store to explore. For those with mobility problems Killerton offers a free, volunteer-manned, electric buggy service to get around and many of the paths are wheelchair suitable.

    The link below takes you to my Broadclyst page where you'll find fuller information.

    Alternatively visit the NT site here - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton/

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