Devon General

  • 19240 Shrouds of the Somme
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Devon General

  • Left Luggage

    Exeter General

    Because of the spate of terrorist bombings around the UK over the last few decades most of the railway stations no longer offer left-luggage facilities and the same is true here in Exeter. However the offices of the Apple Taxi firm, which is just across the road to the right of the main station exit, do have a secure luggage room and charge £2 GBP...

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  • Dolphins

    Ilfracombe General

    The word "awesome" is a word that I hate to hear being used frivolously. To my mind it should be reserved as the superlative of superlatives and not applied to mundane things like "Awesome body" or "Awesome football game" & etc. The first time I found a true use for the term was when I visited the Grand Canyon, the first sight of which literally...

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  • East Gate Arch

    Totnes General

    In a town full of interesting buildings the East Gate Arch still stands out. The original gate dates back to the early 16th century when Totnes was a walled borough and was the main entranceway coming up from the port. The clock and upper level is obviously a later addition with the arch having become the delineating feature marking the end of...

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  • Fish Town - TV Series

    Brixham General

    Fish Town is a British documentary that provides insight into life in the fishing port of Brixham and consists of ten hour-long episodes. With unique access to the town and it’s welcoming residents, each 60-minute instalment immerses the viewer in the lives of the people living and working in Brixham, providing an eye-opening insight into the...

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  • Environmental

    Paignton General

    The seafront esplanade is gaily lit-up at night with rows of hanging lights strung between the regular streetlamps. As you can see from the pic these are powered by both wind and sun with solar panels and wind turbines charging their batteries - there's always one or the other on this part of the coast.

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  • Royal Avenue Gardens

    Dartmouth General

    I just love this cute little statue of two boys with their fish. The Italian marble sculpture was presented to the town by a local benefactor, Finch Ingram, in 1950 and has pride of place in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Finch is sometimes credited with being the artist but this seems to be erroneous, the actual sculptor isn't credited - if you look at...

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  • Admission Charges

    Clovelly General

    Because the village as a whole is effectively a museum-piece all the repairs and maintenance are carried out to very strict criteria using only traditional materials which require skilled crafts people. Thus the village is quite expensive to upkeep and visitors are charged an admission fee which goes towards this upkeep. The admission fee...

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  • St James Church

    Teignmouth General

    Walking the main road towards Shaldon Bridge from the railway station I caught a glimpse of what looked like a castle on a rise in the middle of a housing estate. I didn't think Teignmouth had a castle and so a bit of investigatory digression was required. It turns out that the building is in fact a church, dedicated to St James and that its...

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  • The Watergate - WiFi

    Barnstaple General

    I'm not a big fan of the national chain of Wetherspoons pubs as pubs but they do have their uses - the freebie Wi-Fi is a major bonus and the breakfasts are generally excellent value for money. One of the things I dislike about them as pubs is that they tend to be a bit souless and the staff usually come across as totally uninterested in either...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Sidmouth General

    Sidmouth's TIC is located on Ham Lane at the eastern end of the Esplanade. This is open from about 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week in the summer and between 10 and 4 Monday to Saturday in the winter (website has precise details). Here you can get all the assistance you require regarding local info and assistance with accomodation. Especially useful...

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  • Laundrette

    Tavistock General

    If you've been out hiking the moor or staying in the area without access to a washing machine then Tavi is the place to go to the bagwash. This is an excellent, reasonably-priced, little laundrette with modern machines. It's clean and comfortable and perfectly safe to leave your washing in and go for a beer whilst the machines do their work. If...

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  • Beacon Hill

    Exmouth General

    A short walk east of the town centre takes you up Beacon Hill, with the excellent and characterful mock-tudor Beacon Vaults pub en route. From here you get great views westwards over the estuary. The Clock Tower in the main pic was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee. It's at the top of the hill that beacons would be lit to warn the...

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  • Parking

    Woolacombe General

    ...expect to pay! Woolacombe unfortunately does attract a lot of day visitors during the summer who want to drive there. OK, I understand that for the whole family day-out at the beach you do need to haul all the beach paraphernalia: tents, wind breaks, towels, swimwear, picnic baskets & etc. etc. The resort is well provided with car parks but...

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  • Exercise Tiger

    Slapton General

    In December 1943 around 3,000 people who lived in the villages near to Slapton Sands were given 6 weeks to evacuate their homes without any explanation. They may not have known what was going on then, but we do now. Even so, we still only know part of what happened, because those involved were told in no uncertain terms to keep quiet about it. The...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Dawlish General

    As with most Devon towns the Tourist Information Centre here in Dawlish is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable locals who are more than willing to offer advice and assistance. The range of services on offer includes accommodation booking, public transport advice and tickets for local theatres. There's a small gift shop with postcards, local maps...

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  • Lynton and Lynmouth

    Devon General

    Lynmouth, along with its umbilically connected twin Lynton, just has to be my most favourite place on this, or any other, planet. Tucked below the cliffs overlooking its eponymous bay where the rivers East and West Lyn meet the sea on the North Devon coast, Lynmouth spent much of its formative years as a sleepy little fishing village whose catches...

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  • 19240 Shrouds of the Somme

    Exeter General

    ‘The War to end all Wars’ was just a hundred years ago, and last weekend was the anniversary of the launch of the Battle of the Somme. Stalemate had been reached on the Western Front and the Allies decided to try and end it - but with catastrophic consequences. By the time it had finished in November the casualty list on both sides was...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Ilfracombe General

    As with most North Devon towns Ilfracombe has its Tourist Information Centre to help you make the most of your stay. The office is situated in the rather oddbod building which houses the Landmark Theatre (the one with the often maligned ,but certainly distinctive, concrete chimney-pot things). Here the friendly, knowledgeable local staff will help...

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  • Guildhall and Butterwalk

    Totnes General

    A couple of other interesting buildings are the Guildhall and Butterwalk, on Ramparts Walk in the shadow of the church. The Guildhall dates from 1553 when King Edward VI granted the use of the former Benedictine priory (thought to have been established in 1088) to the borough council. The building is still used for council meetings and is open to...

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  • Walking

    Brixham General

    Brixham is a compact town and everywhere is easily walkable. All over town you'll find these street maps which provide a useful guide to the main places of interest. There's also plenty of arrowed signposts which not only tell you where things are but also give approximate walking timings for them - especially useful if you need to find a loo!

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  • Families

    Paignton General

    Paignton is a wonderful seaside resort to spend with your family, especially with young children. It is ideally situated for touring the whole of South Devon and Cornwall, safe beaches lots of activities such as crazy golf and pitch and putt etc. My fondest memory of Paignton is spending my 21st birthday there with Maurice before we were engaged...

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  • The Dartmouth Cannon

    Dartmouth General

    Unlike its mysterious counterpart across the river, The Kingswear Cannon, the Dartmouth Cannon has a well-documented history. The gun bears the insignia of the Russian Imperial double-headed eagle and has been identified as cast at Briansk in 1826. It was probably captured during the Crimean War of 1854 to 56 and placed here on the Embankment as a...

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  • Harbour

    Clovelly General

    The village is actually mentioned in the Doomsday Book around 1100 AD. It was a George Carys who actually had the breakwater built around the late 1500's. He was a lawyer and a Sherrif pf Devon. His family/descendants lived here until the Hamlyn's. At the top further along from the tourist information is Clovelly Court built by Zachery Hamlyn in...

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  • Tourist Signage - Maps and Notices

    Teignmouth General

    You need never get lost in Teignmouth, nor wonder what you are looking at. Teignmouth is emminently walkable and all around the town, and along the seafront, the local authority provides useful maps and information signs. The maps are accurate, easy to read and the signs informative, giving a bit of historical and local background (and even...

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  • Chambers - CLOSED

    Barnstaple General

    UPDATE 2015 - No Longer Trading As Chambers. On my last visit when I dropped in for an afternoon beer I noticed that Chambers now offers free WiFi and also has a couple of computers for general use - always useful! More info on my restaurants tip section. Chambers is a cafe/bar overlooking the square. No proper beer though but reasonably-priced...

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  • Folk Week

    Sidmouth General

    Sidmouth has hosted an annual folk festival since 1955. This began as a relatively low-key event run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and grew into an international festival of music and crafts and appropriately renamed the Sidmouth International Festival in 1986. It almost became a victim of its own success, attracting over 65,000...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Tavistock General

    As with most Devon towns you'll find all the help and info you need at the Tourist Information Centre here in Tavi. Here they'll assist with booking accommodation, offer ideas about things to do and have all the public transport timetables for getting out and about. The staff are local, knowledgeable and friendly. There's plenty of freebie maps...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Exmouth General

    As with most Devon destinations there is a friendly, helpful, TIC in the town centre. Staff here are more than willing to help with accommodation, local travel. advice on places to go and bookings for the local theatre, boat trips and coach trips. As well as loads of useful freebie guides and maps they also have local guide books, maps and...

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  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty -...

    Woolacombe General

    AONB is the acronynm of the non-governmental National Association for Areas of Outstanding National Beauty. As the name suggests this a group formed specifically for the protection and promotion of some of the most spectacular landscapes of England and Wales. The members are mostly representatives from local authorities working together with the...

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  • Feeding The Birds

    Slapton General

    Dont forget to take your bird food, Its very cheap & much better for them than bread. There is a small area actually in Torcross village where you can get close to the less shy birds, usually just different varietys of ducks, geese & swans.

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  • Widecombe-in-the-Moor

    Devon General

    Widecombe-in-the-Moor sits in the valley of The Webburn River in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, surrounded on all four sides by the high moorland and its rugged granite tors. The village itself is tiny, with a population of perhaps fifty people, tho' the surrounding parish, with its 196 (according to the official website) households, extends...

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  • House That Moved

    Exeter General

    One of Exeter's oldest, and most interesting, buildings now sits rather incongruously on the corner of West Street and Edmund Street looking out onto the inner-city ring road. The actual date of its original construction isn't known precisely but estimates put it as around 1450 when it was probably a merchant's home. It's original location was on...

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  • Markets

    Totnes General

    The Elizabethan market is every Tuesday, in the summer they have various events which take place on these days. Last Tuesday the Tudor Dancers were doing displays & also their was a visiting Town Cryer.

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  • History

    Brixham General

    Brixham is a very old and historic town, full of legends and ghosts. Originally two towns; Cowtown where the farmers lived at the top of the hill, and Fishtown about a mile away, near the harbour that was home to the seamen. In the summer there is still a Cowtown carnival. In the Middle Ages, Brixham was the largest fishing port in the South-West,...

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  • Architecture

    Dartmouth General

    Dartmouth's heyday as a port was during the Tudor and Stuart periods (from the late 15th to early 18th centuries) and many of the town's finest buildings were constructed then, financed by the profits from things like the salt cod trade. Whilst at ground level many of the shop fronts and other buildings are contemporary most have lovingly restored...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Teignmouth General

    For all your tourist queries such as things to do, public transport information, assistance with accommodation etc the Tourist Information Centre is located on Den Crescent, opposite the pier. Staff are friendly and helpful and as well the usual freebie leaflets there are guides, maps, souvenirs and postcards for sale. The TIC also acts as ticket...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Barnstaple General

    The Barnstaple Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is situated on The Square in Barnstaple where The High Street meets the river and is an excellent information resource both for visitors and even those of us who live here. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and can assist with just about any query that you have regarding not just the...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Woolacombe General

    Whatever your query and whatever your requirements the Tourist Information Centre will be more than willing to assist. This is situated in a very visible location on the Esplanade and so is easy to find. The knowledgeable and helpful local staff can assist with finding accommodation, transport queries and advice on things to do. There are plenty of...

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  • Barnstaple

    Devon General

    Barnstaple may not be the prettiest town in North Devon but it is unrivalled as the most useful and does have a very definite character. The town straddles The River Taw at the point where it starts to widen with its centre on the north bank, connected to the south bank by its 15th century Long Bridge and has been the administrative, commercial and...

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  • Old Exe Bridge

    Exeter General

    Historical evidence suggests that during Exeter's Saxon and Roman periods the river was much more tidal than it is now and was easily fordable at low tides. The first known bridge was completed around 1238 with the monies for its construction raised from public subscription by the then mayor, Walter Gervaise (with support from his wealthy father...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Brixham General

    For all your tourist queries such as things to do, public transport information, assistance with accommodation etc the Tourist Information Centre is located in the old market house on the Quay of the Inner Harbour. Staff are friendly and helpful and as well the usual freebie leaflets there are guides, maps, souvenirs and postcards for sale. The TIC...

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  • Bayard's Cove Fort

    Dartmouth General

    As Dartmouth developed into an important port during the 15th century it obviously needed defences against seaward attack, especially given the European unrest during the course of the, so-called, 100 Years War (1337 to 1453). In order to defend the estuary mouth the twin castles of Dartmouth and its companion over the river, Kingswear, were built...

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  • Backwater - Backbeach

    Teignmouth General

    Around the back over looking the docks is a stretch of sandy beach known by me as "The backwater". This is where most people park thire boats for the night, & is also where people come to chill out the rest of the evening air. There are many houses along here which must be wonderful to live in, all of the walls are different colours like Ireland....

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  • Horse Riding - Beach

    Woolacombe General

    ...but if you want to take it to the beach - get permission! I'm not sure where to get permission but I would assume there's a department of the local council that deals with Horse's Accesses ;) As a total digression - I came across a lovely quote the other day in a book by Lee Child: "There's more horse's asses in the world than there are...

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  • Exeter

    Devon General

    Exeter is Devon's county capital and is often referred to as: "The Gateway To The Westcountry". It was the Romans who first recognised Exeter's strategic location (naming it Isca Dumniorum) as a crossing point of the River Exe, basing a garrison here and building a walled fortress, of which remains are still visible in The Rougemont Gardens....

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