Devon Off The Beaten Path

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Devon Off The Beaten Path

  • Often Missed Details

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    On the junction of Hele Road and New North Road, between the railway stations of Central and St Davids, you'll find this equestrian statue, that of General Sir Redvers (pronounced "Reevers") Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG. Born into a relatively wealthy family who owned Downes House, near Crediton, and whose estates includes several thousand acres in...

  • Oldway Mansion

    Paignton Off The Beaten Path

    Because it's not near the beach or main family attractions many people overlook Oldway Mansion. It's easy to get to and easy to find - once you know where to look. It's situated at Preston which used to be a village in its own right before being swallowed up by Paignton. Preston is situated on the Torquay Rd and can be reached by catching the No....

  • Dawlish Warren

    Dawlish Off The Beaten Path

    As a family resort the Warren's accommodations are predominantly holiday parks and campsites. The second link below has a pretty comprehensive list of these. For something a little unusual, and especially for train fans, there's the Brunel Camping Coach Park which comprises eight converted railway carriages which have been turned into holiday...

  • Exe Estuary Trail

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    This leg of the Exe Trail starts from Exeter Quay as does the Exeter to Dawlish route. From the quay you can follow the river's left bank before joining the road at Countess Wier and continuing folowing the roads until Topsham. Alternatively you can take the same starting route as the east bank path past the Double Locks pub and then either cross...

  • Devon Churches

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    One of the many unique features of Branscombe's church is this fragment of a wall painting. It shows an embracing couple being impaled by a skeletal demon. Apparently there used to be a whole series of these murals, depicting the punishments for the Seven Deadly Sins.

  • Highwayman Inn at Sourton

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    ...But A Fascinating Pub. The Highwayman Inn at Sourton, just past Okehampton, is one of the most characterful pubs in the World. The original inn was built in 1282 and has been serving victuals ever since, sometimes doubling up its role as a farmhouse when the 20 acres to the rear have been put to use. In the 17th century it was known as The...

  • Parliament Street

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    Parliament Street in Exeter is officially (according the The Guiness Book of Records) the world's narrowest street and yet until yesterday I never even knew it was there! The street itself measures 25" at The High Street end (sandwiched between Nickleby's and Dr China)widening to 45" where it joins Waterbeer Street and by all accounts was...

  • Canalside Walks and Cycling

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    If you fancy an escape from the ubiquity of the city's infernal-combusting-engined machines then a wander down the Exeter Ship Canal is the ideal way to get away from them all and doublyplus ideal is the cracking pub at the end of the journey. The Turf Hotel, located at the Turf Lock where the canal meets the Exe Estuary, is one of the few pubs in...

  • Fingal's Bridge and Castle Drogo Estate

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    Day after John's birthday and everyone is recovering from the Russian Restaurant (and its 40plus varieties of vodka) so we head off to FIngal's Bridge. Take the A30 out of Exeter on the Oakhampton road. As you drive the land to the left becomes wilder; gorse and moorland, crowned by the occasional tor. Turning off the main road you end up on ever...

  • Medieval Exe Bridge

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    This is supposedly the oldest surviving stone bridge in England. You'll find the remains of this early Medieval bridge, which once spanned the river Exe, off Western way....more or less at the bottom of the wonderful, Medieval Stepcote Hill (see photo). The bridge dates from around 1238, although it was begun as far back as 1190. It was built...

  • Powderham Castle

    Exeter Off The Beaten Path

    well worth a visit near starcross the family was connected too henry the 8th william of orange and cromwell .great setting also great west railway cross property the late earl was tied to brunell builder of the railway

  • Cycle Touring - Deserts

    WATER. Thats the priority. You should look at carrying around 3 litres a day for drinking only. You may need more for an emergency, plus any for cooking. Pasta can drink a lot! Perhaps look at other food options available for any desert crossing.

  • The Tarka Trail - Artworks Along The Way

    The cycleway section of the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth is liberally punctuated by sets of emminently functional artworks. These include waymarkers, bench seating and shelters, all designed and created by local artists, using local materials, and with the involvement of the local communities (which included several schools). Not only are...

  • The Tarka Trail Pt #6 Great Torrington...

    This is the final part of the cycleable section, heading south, on The Tarka Trail where the path leaves behind its twin rivers and North Devon. This 11 mile stretch begins with a gentle upwards gradient as it departs the Torridge valley, still continuing along the former railway line. Whilst less spectacular perhaps than some of the preceding...

  • The Tarka Trail Pt #5 Bideford to Great...

    This six mile stretch takes you into Tarka Country proper as the trail, still following the course of the old railway line, crisscrosses the winding loops of the River Torridge. According to the old guy who mended my puncture at the Torrington Cycle Hire unit this is the part of the river where you are most likely to see otters. Unfortunately I...

  • The Tarka Trail Part #3 - Instow to...

    This short, 3-mile, section of The Tarka Trail leaves from the former Instow railway station to arrive about half-an-hour later (having so many photo-ops en-route!!) at the former railway station of Bideford - HA! Which is actually in the entirely separate town of East-The-Water!!! The cyclepath/walkway here follows the east bank of the mouth of...

  • Stunning Coastal Path - never been...

    For those who don't know, the South West Coast Path is truly beautiful and covers Dorset, Devon and Cornwall in the UK. Exploring this has just got a whole load easier and thats what my tip here is about. Believed to be the worlds first fully interactive, living book detailing the South West Coast Path, I used this revolutionary travel guide at...

  • The Tarka Trail Part #4 - The Missing 20...

    160 of the 180 miles of The Tarka Trail is footpath and for the most part entirely infernal-combusting-engine free (except for the odd section where the trail crosses a road). Of the footpath sections; many also double-up as cyclepaths, bridal paths and are even wheelchair accessible, thus opening up this magical hour-glass shaped wodge of Devon to...

  • The Tarka Trail - Continued.

    The mainstay of The Tarka Project is The Tarka Trail which was developed using existing footpaths and disused railway lines, with the first section, the 9 miles from Barnstaple to Bideford, completed in 1987. The northern circuit which takes in the stretch of the South West Coastal Path between Braunton and Lynton/Lynmouth before returning across...

  • The Tarka Trail Pt #4 - The Missing 20...

    There seems to me no reason whatsoever why this section doesn't have, at least, a continuous footpath following the river: there are sections which are walkable, there are bridges across the river and the many streams, trodden paths under the railway bridges - yep, it's all there and given the investment in the other sections of the trail then just...

  • The Tarka Trail Part #2 - Barnstaple to...

    Having heard that there were lots of pubs in Braunton, about 6 miles east and slightly north of Barnstaple, the town seemed a natural choice for my next Tarka Trail cycling destination. This stretch of the trail runs, once again, on the disused railway line and follows initially the north bank of the River Taw before veering inland at Chivenor....

  • The Tarka Trail Part #1 - Barnstaple to...

    It had been a long, long time since I had cycled purely for the pleasure of it and I had all but forgotten the simple joy of pedalling along with no particular hurry to get anywhere specific, just enjoying the fresh air, the changing scenery and the casual bonhomie of the passing encounters with my fellow travellers.Having recently moved back to...

  • The Tarka Trail - 180 Car-free Miles...

    The Tarka Trail is a 180-mile figure-of-eight loop of walking, cycling and horse-riding pathways which encompass a "taster" of the magnificent diversity of land and seascape that Devon has to offer. Centred around the thriving mini-metropolis of North Devon - Barnstaple - The Tarka Trail strikes both northwards and south following at times disused...

  • Slapton Sands

    Not to fsr off the beaten track, but a lovely bit of beach none the less. there are fine views of nearby cliffs, and the sea is lovely and safe. Only downside is the expensive carpark charges.Between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, on the A379

  • Cockington an old worldly village

    Cockington village (480 acres) is a hidden gem of Torquay. It’s one of those old time villages, which has stopped in time. There’s a bus to the village from Torquay which runs daily, also there’s a car park here as well. Narrow windy lanes add to the peaceful atmosphere, there’s also a horse drawn carriage ride for £10 as well. Walk through the...

  • Woolacombe

    This seaside resort with its fine beaches offers everything for the holidaymaker (it says so on the back of this postcard). We were there during our stay in the West Country.

  • Shaldon Village

    Shaldon is a small village off the coast of Teignmouth. To get here you can either catch the ferry which costs £1.20, or walk along the bridge. Upon Shaldon ther's a pub called The Lifeboat Inn & severale cafe's. One is called the Beach comber which has outdoor seating in a small yard overlooking the harbour water. Here you can have cream tea's or...

  • Newton Abbot

    Newton Abbot, Devon, England is in the South West of England within Teignbridge District Council's area. Close to the Dartmoor National Park with its beautiful scenery, as well as pretty beaches at Dawlish, Teignmouth & Torquay. Every Wednesday & Saturday there’s a market held in the square which has lot’s of bargains, there’s also a stall which...

  • Mount Edgecombe

    Mount Edgecombe is a country park & a stately home built in 1547, by the Edgecombe family. It was sold to Plymouth & Cornwall Council's in 1971.The House was bombed during the war & was gutted by fire, it has since been renovated. The House sits in 856 acres of beautiful coastal land, most of which is open to the public for free. This is a...

  • Burgh Island

    Burgh Island just off the South Hams coast has a wonderful history, a favourite haunt of wreckers & smugglers in centuries gone by. Home to mead brewing Monks & there is still a ruined chapel on the sumit.The pub on the Island is the Pilchard Inn, which dates back to 1339, named because if the islands connection with the local long gone Pilchard...

  • Day Mark

    On a hill overlooking Kingswear, on the south coast is a huge day mark. You can see it from miles around & you catch glimpses of it in places you would have though far to far away.Park at the Collaton Fishacre carpark & then it is a pleasant walk on a path in between farmers fields to the Day Mark. You can carry on walking down hill & this takes...

  • Galmpton Creek

    Galmpton is a pretty riverside village set on the River Dart. It is also where I went to school & lived with my family.There are 2 pubs, a youth hostel, Village shop, campsite, hair dresser & a butchers who service this now sizable village. There is a riding stables & a boat yard which you can walk though & continue along the riverside towards...

  • Nature trails and Llamas

    This was a lesser known walk, through the Glenthorne Estate. The nature trail heads down to a secluded and beautiful little cove, we were the only two people there. We were surprised to come accross a field full of Llamas, but later learned that they are farmed for their wool. The trail circuit is approx 3 miles but be warned, it's all up hill on...


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