South Devon & Dartmoor Updates

Slow Devon & Dartmoor (2nd ed) by Hilary Bradt

ISBN 9781784770778

This is the update page for South Devon & Dartmoor (Slow Travel), 2nd ed, published April 2018.

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5 thoughts on “South Devon & Dartmoor Updates

  1. David WHITE says:

    As a family of five, the children then were four five and six years old, we went to bigbury on sea and had such a wonderful time that was about the late 1960s.
    We had very little money then but memories are still there of the children playing in the very safe rockpools and inlets. Oh! Memories.

  2. Janet Mears says:

    On a recent visit to Devon I visited the tranquil Winsford Walled Garden (Winsford Lane, Halwill Junction, Beaworthy EX21 5XT; open Wed-Sun from 10.00am until 5.00pm, plus Bank Holidays; entrance £5). Originally part of a Victorian estate, the walled gardens were left to ruin after the war. Now fully restored, it is a delightful garden brimming with colour, and with many interesting plants and plant combinations. There are two restored Victorian teak greenhouses one of which was full of luscious-looking tomatoes when I visited. There is also an extensive mature bamboo grove with many different varieties, about 40ft high, together with gigantic gunneras. Winsford is the home of the artist Dugald Stark and his wife Adel. Dugald’s oil paintings (seascapes, views of the garden, etc) can be viewed in his studio overlooking the garden. Definitely worth a visit; allow about an hour.

  3. Hilary Bradt says:

    I have been gently chided for not giving Hope Cove enough coverage, so here is a description from Richard Bryson.

    Hope Cove glances sideways to the sea from the lee of Bolt Tail in the South Hams. The village is really two hamlets – Inner Hope and Outer Hope, nestled either side of a sweeping cove with views westwards across Bigbury Bay to Burgh Island and Rame Head.
    Swollen in recent years with holiday homes and hotels, Hope Cove’s soul remains wed-locked to the sea. History first notes Hope Cove in thirteenth century Assize Rolls, its livelihood based over subsequent centuries on seafaring in forms both fair and foul – mainly fishing, augmented with smuggling and the plunder of shipwrecks.
    The Spanish Armada brushed past on its way up Channel in 1588. One of its number – the hospital ship San Pedro el Mayor – later foundering on Hope Cove’s Shippen Rock. The 140 survivors were first condemned to death and then ransomed back to Spain. The crew of HMS Ramillies were less fortunate, only 20 sailors and one midshipman surviving from a complement of 850 when she foundered in a small cove just east of Bolt Tail on 15 February 1760. Driven on a westerly gale, her sailing master mistook Bolt Tail for Rame Head and the entrance to Plymouth Sound.
    The RNLI stationed a series of four lifeboats in Hope Cove between 1878 and 1930, each in turn taking the name Alexandra. A volunteer rescue boat has been stationed at Inner Hope since 1992, originally maintained by the Maritime Coastguard Agency but operated since 2010 by a local Limited Company and Charitable Trust as the UK’s 63rd Independent Life Boat. The village was also the wartime home to RAF and WAAF personnel serving a part of Plymouth’s radar and anti-aircraft defences. Nearby, RAF Bolt Head supported squadrons of fighter-bombers conducting offensive sweeps across occupied France.
    Hope Cove’s alluring thatched cottages and its clean beaches, safe swimming and rock pools, provide the quintessential setting for the ideal family holiday. Visitors can chose between the famousHope and Anchor inn and the many cafes and hotel restaurants.

  4. I had a truly wonderful lunch last week at Lewtrenchard Manor. They do affordable lunches off season and just sitting in those gracious surroundings, admiring the paintings of the ancestors and oak panel carvings was a treat.

    • The once tedious journey from Exeter to Torquay and the rest of the English Riviera has been greatly improved by the completion of the South Devon Highway which bypasses Kingskerswell.

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