Monday, 7 December 2020

Exploring East Devon #6 :: Lympstone

Hi there everyone 😀

I was beginning to think I'd never get back to my Devon holiday posts, but here we are on a cold grey day with a bit of sunshine to take us back to the late summer.

This time we had a day doing something just a little bit different. We went a little bit more off the beaten track and away from the beach. We headed to Lympstone for a wander, with no real idea of what to expect.

It’s a tiny village on the estuary, just a bit further north than Exmouth and we had one of our Geocaching multis on the cards. The kind that has you hunting for clues in spots that you would probably otherwise miss.

As we drove in it all looked lovely, really pretty and we were soon parked up in the car park in the village centre, where we availed ourselves of the cleanest loos ever before heading out ... leaving the car park via the ramp at the back ...
... which took us past the first of many pretty cottages that we came across during our visit ...
We headed up the side of The Swan Inn, making a mental note for a pit stop for later, towards the station where we found what we needed before retracing our steps ...

We then headed down the other side of The Swan, this time heading for the harbour which was a real treat ...

We perched on the end of the harbour wall for an early lunch stop ...

...  just taking in the views ... 


... in all directions ...

It was another glorious day and the most beautiful spot.

We retraced our steps back along the harbour ...

... and past the ancient timbers ...

Next stop was the clock tower, where we picked up a bit more information to help us with our quest ...
... before continuing mooching around the narrow footpaths between the cottages alongside the river ...



... pretty much all ending up at a hefty flood gates, which were locked tight shut in case of a flood from the high tide ...
There were a fair few times where we really wondered whether we were allowed to go down some of the narrow passageways as it all looked very private ... but all was good and we didn’t end up in anyone’s garden.

Having had a good wander round the tiny village centre we retired to The Ship to check that we had all we needed before making our final find ...

It was then time to head for home ... thinking we may call in at Exmouth or Sidmouth on the way back but both were absolutely heaving so we left for another day ... and headed back to The Old Piggery to be greeted by Rosie basking in the afternoon sunshine ...
Lympstone was a real treat ... totally unexpected and absolutely beautiful ... definitely worth an afternoon if you’re in the area 😀

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