Devon Things to Do

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Devon Things to Do

  • Old Light

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy is a unique place for photographers. No matter your interests, or skill level, you'll always find something to fascinate your camera eye. I was in a moon mood recently and so spent a bit of time trying to capture it. I did, literally - inside the Old Light. HA!

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  • Beacon Hill Cemetery

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    It will come as no surprise to regular readers of my travel pages but I love pottering about in graveyeards, churchyards, cemeteries, call them what you will. I find them endlessly fascinating and great sources of social history. Like just about everything else on Lundy, the old cemetery is unusual and slightly mysterious and I loved it. It is...

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  • St Helens Church

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    When you approach the "village" on Lundy initially on leaving the boat, there are two buildings that dominate the skyline. Away to the left you can see the Old Light (see seperate tip) but the building that most catches the eye is the much closer St. Helena's Church, also known as St. Helens. As your stay on the island continues, you become...

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  • Granite Quarrying Operation

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    I have mentioned in various other places on my Lundy page about how the island is administered by the admirable Landmark Trust, who have wonderfully restored many of the old buildings as very attractive holiday premises. Sadly, however, they have not been able to do anything about the old quarry cottages on the East Coast which, as you can see,...

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  • Seal Watching - Swimming With

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy has an indigenous population of an estimated 60 grey seals who tend to hang around the north end of the Island. They do bask from time to time at low tide but mostly they seem happier in the water. These are the UK's largest mamalian species with males averaging at about 250 kg and contrary to what the fishermen may tell you they are in fact...

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  • Walking

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    I know that me next comment may seem totally redundant but I am going to make it anyway. You are on a small rock at the junction of the Atlantic and Bristol Channel and with a total of perhaps less than a dozen vehicles on it (of very limited use to the visitor, except for moving luggage from the quay to the various accommodations provided). I...

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  • Letterboxing

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy is a place of incredible natural beauty. There are many excllent images here on VT, although mine are somewhat marred by equipment failure. Why then would I choose to include an image of a slightly grubby Tupperware box scribbled on in felt tip pen? Allow me to explain. I am not sure whether to refer to it as a game, challenge or whatever...

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  • Devils Slide

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    If you're intent on walking to the end of the island, make sure you leave enough time to walk along the dramatic West coast, particularly the section after Threequarter Wall. One of the most famous attractions is the Devil's Slide, a granite wall much favoured by climbers that stretches right down to the sea...you need to stray from the path a bit...

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  • Marisco Tavern

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    This is going to be one of the slightly odder tips I am going to write about Lundy but it really is something the visitor may miss and really should do. Allow me to explain. I love eggs and I simply adore pickled eggs which have been a staple of pub snacks for as long as I can remember. Heaven knows, I have even been known to pickle my own now and...

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  • Round The Island Trips

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Every so often a guy called Clive, who is based at Clovelly, brings a small boatload of people (about 10) for a trip to Lundy. Whilst he's letting them do their own thing he offers round island boat trips to our guests (and to us residents). I happened to be lucky and noticed the announcment in the shop this morning AND it was my day off. I signed...

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  • South End

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Continue past the church away from the village, and the track will lead you to the Castle, sometimes known as the Marisco Castle. It was built in the 13th century by King Henry III who had come to the island to capture the Marisco family who had earlier plotted to kill the king. There isn't much left of the castle any more, and what remains has...

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  • Rock Pools

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    The best place, and most accessible, to explore our rock pools is at Devil's Kitchen, the channel at the South End which at high tide makes Rat Island an island. When the tide's out the craggy seabed offers up all sorts of fascinating flora and fauna. Fauna include fish species such as Shanny and Tompot Blenny who are too fast for the camera as...

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  • Battery

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Just past the Quarterwall on the west side, try to find a little stone wall with a path running down the cliffside behind it. It might not seem like the safest path, but trust me, it's fine....follow it down until it becomes steps, leading down to the remains of two cottages, and even further down to the Battery. Now, what is a battery, you might...

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  • North End

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    The goal of some of the more energetic daytrippers is to reach the northernmost point of Lundy, the North Light. Be warned that this does mean climbing down many steps and climbing back again...and make sure you've left yourselves enough time, as the boat won't wait for latecomers! Follow the "road" until it peters out...it might seem as if this is...

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  • Prehistoric Sites

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy's identified pre-history stretches back to the late-Neolithic period, circa BC 2,500. This is evidenced by the standing stones to be found in the southern part of the Island which are characteristic of similar finds on the mainland and on other islands which have been dated to this period. Whereas the better-known sites of such stones are...

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  • Bird Watching

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    Lundy is famous for its bird, and each year some rarities are found, making the total list of species an impressive 280. It is one of the most important seabird breathing areas in South West of England, and species include guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, storm petrels, puffins and Manx shearwaters....

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  • Fauna

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    These ar a very primitive breed of sheep which originates from the island of Soay in the St Kilda archipelago. They are semi wild sheep and are found over large parts of the centre of the island. There are maybe some 150 sheep on the island. They were introduced on Lundy in 1942. Wild goats were also introduced to the island (although they were...

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  • VC Quarry

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    For many years, the island of Lundy was owned, run and quarried by the Harman family as is evidenced by numerous headstones in the Old Chapel graveyard close by Old Light. In 1914, a son was born to the family and christened John Pennington. With his father a millionaire, he had a very priveleged upbringing and used to spend much time on Lundy...

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  • Flora

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    The Lundy Cabbage is unique in that it grows nowhere else on earth. The cabbage (Coincya wrightii) is a species of primitive brassica, and its nearest relative is found in Iberia. One of the most unusual aspects of the Lundy Cabbage is that it has its own endemic insect - the Lundy Cabbage Flea Beetle which only lives on this particular plant....

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  • Fun Days

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    During the August Bank Holiday weekend my Island hosts the internationally-renowned Lundy 'Lympics. This is an annual Island fun day (weather permitting) where guests and staff get an opportunity to pit their strengths and skills against each other, and themselves. Being Lundy this isn't 100% serious, although to look at some of faces pictured...

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  • Postal Service

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    It might sound like a pretty obvious thing to suggest that you send a postcard or two to friends and relatives back home but on Lundy even this simple act takes on an added dimension. As I mentioned in the introduction to my Lundy page, there is only one of most things on the island and so you buy your postcard from THE shop and eventually post it...

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  • Totnes

    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, Totnes Museum and the Butterwalk to name but a few.June 2012See My Travel Page for more information.

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  • Blue flag beach!

    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

    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...

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  • Visit the Jurassic Coast

    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...

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  • Beer on the beach for breakfast!!

    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...

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  • Torquay

    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...

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  • Visit Burgh Island,South Devon,England

    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...

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  • Teignmouth

    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,...

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  • Paignton

    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...

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  • Newton Abbot

    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 2012See My Travel Page for more...

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  • Moretonhampstead

    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...

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  • Dawlish

    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...

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  • Dartmouth

    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...

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  • Dartmoor National Park

    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...

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  • Killerton - A Fascinating Day Out From...

    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...

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  • Brixham

    The picturesque fishing port of Brixham's main claim to fame is that William of Orange landed here in 1688 with his Dutch army to become King William III of England, an event marked by his statue. Wander around the harbour-side gift shops, watch the fishermen unloading their daily catches of plaice, Dover sole, lobster and shellfish, try the...

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  • Bovey Tracey

    Bovey Tracey is located on the south-east edge of the Dartmoor National Park which is the largest area of open country in southern Britain and is called “The Gateway to Dartmoor”. The town lies in the valley of the River Bovey from where it gets part of its name, Tracey is from the de Tracey family who were the Norman lords of the manor.June...

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  • Torre Abbey Historic House & Gardens

    I need to start this review by mentioning that it is now closed for restoration work until 2013/2014. I didnt know this until just now so apologies. However, if you like to plan well ahead then you should add this to your itinerary. Torre Abbey is located in Torquay in devon. It is right on the coast and is near to Torquay itself. I walked from...

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  • Plymouth

    Plymouth is the largest of Devon’s cities and regional capital of Devon and Cornwall. It is also famous as a great sea port and from its association with Sir Francis Drake. A great deal of the nation’s seafaring history has evolved from or revolved around Plymouth.July 2011

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  • Devon Pubs - A Very Short Intro!

    Devon as a county embraces an amazing diversity of stunning scenery, from the bleakness of Dartmoor to the wide sandy beaches of the English Riviera, the lush rural interior contrasting with the wave-lashed cliffs of its coastlines. Diverse too are the pubs, ranging from cavernous chain-owned city centre trendy bars with their chrome and plastic,...

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  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art...

    This is a facinating place, so allow plenty of time. Near the Harliquins shopping centre in Queen Street, the museum has many objects from all over the world. Admission is free & opening hours are from 10am to 5pm except Sundays & bnak holidays. Some of the gallaries on show are:ArchaeologyCeramicsClocks, watches and timekeepingFine...

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  • Paignton Zoo

    Paignton zoo is very interesting place to visit. We were staying in Teignmouth when we decided to come & visit. We caught a bus from The Triangle to Torquay Harbour, here you change bus’s. There’s usually one which drops off at the zoo direct, it’s an open top bus which stop’s at Paignton bus station before carrying onto the zoo. If you don’t want...

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  • Torbay

    Torbay on the south Devon coast, it is really a collective of 3 towns Torquay, Paignton & Brixham also 2 villages, Cockington & Galmpton.Torbay is also known as the English Riviera, the collective name of Torbay relates to Tor Bay the name of the bay these towns & villages sit on.Very much a tourist area, thousands of young foreign students flock...

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  • Beaches of Torbay

    Quite a selection of beaches in Torbay. Brixham beaches like Fishcombe & breakwater are pebbly there is also a sea water swimming pool called shoalstone.Paignton beaches are mostly sandy, the most popular being Goodrington & Broadsands there is also a large beach with a pier at Paignton town. Torquay has a mixure of both types, the main Torquay...

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