Thursday, 22 October 2020

Exploring East Devon #3 :: Back to Exmouth

Hi there everyone 😀

After a couple of really full days visiting Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth, we were both feeling a bit knackered so on Tuesday we decided on a quick ride into Sidmouth followed by a visit to Waitrose.

Well Sidmouth was heaving so we decided to give it a miss and instead headed to Beer for a quick look, followed by a very quick call in at Branscombe on the way back. Both worthy of a revisit when we were feeling a bit more energetic.

On Wednesday we met up with two sets of friends, who both happened to be on holiday in the area at the same time. As Oakhampton was about the mid-point for us all we ended up at The Tom Cobley in Crediton. It was a bit of a drive but it was well worth it. We all meet up every year for a few days away and this year's break has been postponed to next year as a result of our earlier lockdown so we weren't expecting to all be able to get together.

It was lovely to catch up. It was another glorious day so we were able to eat outside in the sunshine, with plenty of space ... it was a real treat ...

By Thursday we were ready for another big day out and decided to head back to Exmouth to explore the other end of the seafront.

We got really lucky and managed to find a parking spot in the small car park on the Pier Head. It was a lovely spot and perfect for being able to explore the new Exmouth Quay development and that end of the coast.

We decided we would start out exploring the Quay area, then have lunch sitting out the back of the car, before walking back along the prom as far as the lifeboat station.

As we'd never visited Exmouth before we have no idea of what the quay area used to be like, but it has been redeveloped really well. It is stunning and so full of colour ... we really loved it.

We started out by crossing the footbridge that you can see in the above photo and we basically followed the footpath which takes you alongside the sea and the river and around the outside of the development ...


We were blessed with another absolutely glorious day and everything was just so vibrant. It was just lovely.

As ever ... we were on a bit of a mission, hunting for clues as we wandered ...



We walked the full circle of the quay, the path bringing us back to where we'd started, where we sat for a while at one of the restaurants and had a breather ...


We decided it was time to head back to the car for lunch ...

... and this was our view ... it was absolutely stunning ...

We could have sat there for hours just watching the comings and goings on the water ... it really was a lovely spot ...


Eventually we dragged ourselves away from the view for a wander along the front back towards the clock tower and the lifeboat station ...

We seemed to make it to the clock tower pretty quickly ...
There was just one more thing we needed to do before heading back to the car. We were attempting our first 'Webcam' Geocache ... where you have to actually capture a screenshot of you on a local Webcam. Well here we are ... pretty much smack bang in the centre of the shot ... struggling to take a screenshot, but we got there in the end ...
It was time to call it a day and we headed back along the seafront and back to the car.

That was two really lovely days we'd had exploring Exmouth. We had hoped to get back again later in our holiday as we really wanted to explore the town centre too, but we just ran out of time, so I think another visit to Exmouth at some point could be on the cards.

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Monday, 19 October 2020

Exploring East Devon #2 :: Exmouth

Hi there everyone 😀

It was the first Monday of our two week break in East Devon, staying in The Old Piggery, in Sidbury, just north of Sidmouth.

The forecast was pretty darn good ... full sun all day 🌞🌞🌞. 

I really wanted to dip my feet in the sea ... but I wanted to do it on sandy beach ... pebbles just don’t do it for me.

We decided to head for Exmouth and, from looking at the map and the Geocaching opportunities, we thought it may be the first of maybe two or even three visits.

We parked at the Foxholes car park by the lifeboat station and this time we started with lunch. We just took our camping chairs and sat on the prom looking over the sea, with this as our view ...


Lunch over and done with we decided to start off with a wander along the prom towards Orcombe Point. We passed plenty of pretty beach huts but I wasn’t sure about the positioning of them ... there would certainly be no quick nipping straight into the sand and into the sea for a quick dip ...

We carried on to the Bumble and Sea Cafe, which was doing a roaring trade and seemed to have the social distancing working very well ...

From here we headed into the beach and I got my first paddle ...

We decided that we couldn’t face walking up to the point and the Geoneedle ...

... and I went for a more serious paddle as I was desperate to see what was around the headland. I was not disappointed ... it was definitely a bit of a wow moment ...

Poor old Martin missed it as paddling just isn’t his thing but it was just lovely ... nice and sandy and the water was lovely and just the perfect temperature for cooling off, without being so cold that it is a shock to the system ...
The colours were so vibrant, the seaweed a real vivid green and the red of the rocks really different to anything we’d seen before ...


Martin did get a bit closer to the sea and we did manage a selfie without him getting his feet wet ...

It was time to head back the other way and we sat for a while watching this vessel and wondering what it might have been doing ... only imagining that it must be dredging the seabed for some reason ...

At the lifeboat station we managed an ice lolly stop and another sit in the sunshine ...
... before carrying on our way as far as the cricket ground ... 

... where we stopped for refreshment in the Queens Drive space before walking back along the beach as I wanted a final paddle.

Paddling here was totally different to the other end of the beach. The sea was rougher and the sand was gritty, though it was almost dog free as this part of the beach should be a dog free zone until the end of September.

We were shattered by the time we got back to the car. We'd had another really lovely and full day and we were ready to head back to The Old Piggery for a sit in the evening sunshine ...


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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Exploring East Devon #1 :: Budleigh Salterton

Hi there everyone 😀

Finally ... Welcome to the first of my East Devon holiday posts. It seems such a long time since I've had proper holiday posts to share with you ... I am beyond excited ... I have lots to share and I'm sure they will keep me going for a good few weeks.

We spent the first full day of our fortnight enjoying the sunshine and just generally hanging around The Old Piggery ...

There was some batch cooking to fill the freezer for later in our break ...

... and we had our first try of yoga for fatties (definitely no photos of that). It was a lovely chilled out day to gently break us into our holiday.

On Sunday we decided to head to Budleigh Salterton for the day. It had definitely looked worthy of a visit on our earlier recce. I mean Budleigh Salterton ... it just sounds like it would be nice doesn't it?

It was another glorious day and we parked up on the beachside car park, which was very busy. We managed to find a nice spot on the edge of the car park, backing up against the grass. The plan was for us to complete our Geocaching mission, which would take us along the front and into town and then back again, when it would be time for a picnic out the back of the car. We are so rock and roll 😂😂😂

There was plenty to look at on our walk along the front ... the beach was huge, spreading out in either direction ...

It was all pebbles though, no sand for toes to be scrunched in, so we stuck to the footpath ...
There were plenty of pretty beach huts ...

... red cliffs ...

... boats ...


... and an unusual prayer cairn made of pebbles from the beach ...

We found scenes very reminiscent of our visit to the Suffolk coast a number of years ago ... with plenty more boats and the accompanying paraphenalia ...

We came away from the front to have a look at the Hight Street. It's a really pretty village with lots of pretty cottages ...

... and the most gorgeous thatched building housing the museum ...

We took an intriguing looking ginnell back to the sea ...
... for more seafaring paraphernalia ...

... and beach huts ...
All watched over by one of the locals ...
We couldn’t resist a sit in the sun ... 

... with our first ice creams of the holiday ...
Looking over a heart made of pebbles on the beach ...

We started to head back along the High Street decked with bunting ...

... passing more pretty cottages ...

... lots more flowers ...
Back on the front we spotted a bit of yarn bombing by the Raleigh wall that we’d missed on our way out ...
Once back at the car we had a picnic with this as our view ... it's the spot where the River Otter meets the sea ... not too shabby at all ...

We both loved the trees on the hill ...

The picnic was a real treat with freshly cooked beetroot from a neighbour's allotment ...
... and plenty of home grown tomatoes which we'd picked before leaving home ...
Once eaten we decided to walk the other way as there seemed to be lots going on ... It was a lovely spot ... with the river estuary to our left ...

... and the sea to the right ...

It was definitely a very popular spot ... with lots of paddle boarding and canoeing going on ...




There were also a fair few larger get togethers ... making the most of it before the 'Rule of 6' kicked in on the following day I guess.

Walking on the pebbles was hard work and we were both more than ready to head back to The Old Piggery by the time we’d made it back to the car.

So that was one new place ticked off the list ... we'd both had the loveliest of days and can definitely recommend Budleigh Salterton as being worth a visit if you get the chance 😀

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