The Fantastic Devon Coast!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
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Trip End Nov 20, 2008


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today we left Bideford and headed to the village of Clovelly. It is a very steep cobbled village with no car access and is owned by a family trust. So only donkeys and sleds can be used to take things down to the village. So it has kept its traditional way of living which is great. And it is exactly what you imagined a traditional fishing village in this part of the country to be like. Has cute little museums and churches and a great harbour. But allow plenty of time to get back up as it is a big walk!

Next stop was Tintagel for a Devonshire Tea. Was great. Walked to the ruins of a 12th Century Castle which was built on the ruins of a 6th Century Castle-supposedly where King Arthur was born. Was going to walk to the top but was a pretty major walk and still have the flu. Wish I could shake it! Was an interesting Norman Church nearby with an ancient graveyard that would have been interesting to check out-but again the flu and time constraints made it a no-go unfortunately.

We then drove to Plymouth where we had a cruise up the harbour. Saw the Navel Dockyard and frigates and the Citadel. Also got to see the Mayflower steps where the pilgrims set off for America. Even boats sailing for NZ set off from here! They have plaques for all the ships that took immigrants to the new world (incl. NZ). Kinda cool.
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