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February 2020

Devon 19 - Day 9

Homeward Bound...

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We were up early again as Reggie was on his early pee and poop regime again.

In the end we left at around 9.30am. TomTom reckoned it would be just short of 5 hours to get home.

If only. First stop at the start of the A303. Three hours for 86 miles.


Heavy traffic. Very heavy everywhere. Holidaymakers in both directions. Wankers having accidents causing more holdups.

We got in the house just before 7pm.


Sadly I had to reset the TomTom earlier in the week and so I have lost the complete trip stats.

So that's it... Another superb holiday top and tailed with terrible driving conditions.

For the holiday I created a Fuelly profile for the Corsa. Only three fill-ups on the entire trip after starting with a full tank at the start of the holiday. I had expected it to be higher, but an overall 45mpg isn't bad considering the traffic jams we were stuck in for about four hours in each direction, where we crawled along in first or second gear!


You can fly from London to New York in less time that this took to drive! It worked out at an average of 35.1356993736952mph!!!

And lastly - even though I took the Canon 1100D I didn't take too many pics! You can see the results in the Flickr album linked on the right.

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Devon 19 - Day 7/8

Lunch and....

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Day 7

Today our day was already planned. A lunch date with Robin and Mark at their house near Exeter.

They have two golden retrievers and Reggie was okay until they mobbed him and he growled at them a few times.

Lunch was great. Company great.

Tomorrow last day in Devon.

Day 8

Today we decided to stay local as we set off for home tomorrow. It will be a long day in the car for us and Reggie especially.

So our first stop was as ASDA in Bideford to get some cash and fill the car ready for tomorrow.

A disappointing 43.7mpg. I guess all the low gear ups and downs of the Devon countryside.

The next was at Tapeley Park just the other side of Bideford.

Another estate with a garden open to the public. Again it was on the Gardener's World 2-1 offer and seniors we got in for a fiver. The house looks at bit run down but the gardens are very nice. An Italian garden and the kitchen garden are the highlights.

We met Hector who "runs the place" and is actually one of the owners of the site. He was accompanied by his English Bull Terrier called Wayne. Reggie barked at first but they got on after mutual sniffing.

On the way out I saw the field alongside the car park had a herd of Highland Cattle. Reggie barked as a calf came close.

To sound a bit "girly", these are the best looking cattle.


From there, we headed for Northam Burrows Country Park. A little shock at £4 to park although it covers the whole day. There are three entrances and I chose the wrong one really as we couldn't get to the visitor centre.

The place was alive with horses and sheep. Reggie generally ignores them. And until a small group of sheep ran past us. He wanted to chase but we kept him on his lead as always.


We walked across the dunes and rock. The beach is sand and as we walked across towards the sea, we sank about four inches into the sands until we got to firmer ground.

Reggie was let off the lead and went into the sea and ran about free. He loves the sea. Oddly he never tries to get into the canal at home.

We looped back to the car and as it was way after lunch we went on a pasty hunt.

Some success in Westward Ho!

Two large ones from Betsy Buns Bakery.


Whilst in there they gave us some scones as they were closing and wanted to get rid of unsold stock - four lovely ones.

We headed for the cottage and once back Reggie had his dinner and we had the pasties.

Later we had the last cream tea of the holiday with two of the scones.

Some packing completed and we have to decide what time to leave in the morning. TomTom is set for home and claims we are looking at five hours fifty-four minutes on the road from Langtree to home. Let's see how that turns out.

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Devon 19 - Day 6

Or Bust!

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Didn't we have a lovely time on Dartmoor?

No we didn't.

I set up a route to take in some bronze age and medieval settlements on the rugged moors.

We set off and ahead the weather looked increasingly black overhead and then it simply pee'd down. Roads began to run with water. None of this deterred the locals who continued to drive way too fast for winding country roads.

We aborted and set a course for Okehampton, somewhere to the west of our position. In the end we passed through and decided to head back to the cottage.

By chance we saw a sign right to a small town called Hatherleigh. A chance for a cup of something and Reggie to "stretch his legs" etc.

There is a Co-Op shop and a nice thatched cottage lined high street. Plus, find of the day, One Market Street Cafe, where we had lunch.


Pasties and chips for us and a bowl of water and a gravy bone for Reggie. I also had a bonio in his accessory bag.

Claire popped into the Co-Op for essentials of clotted cream and scones... We have plenty of strawberry jam.

Shepherd Statues

Shepherd Statues

We always "seal" the scone with butter, then apply jam and then the clotted cream. But apparently that is wrong in Devon where the cream goes on before the jam. Weird. Maybe give it a try this afternoon.

Once back on the road we had a shortish trip back to Langtree and the cottage. We tend to eat out at lunchtime and eat in each evening and have yet to try any of the local pubs. Today will be the same.

Once back. Kettle on. And sit reading in the shingled enclosed garden.


Although Reg looks to be sleeping we need to wear him out a bit. Next. The Tarka Trail.


The Tarka Trail was nearby and we had a walk for a couple of miles and Reggie enjoyed sniffing all the way up and back. Dinner in and then a bit of TV before bed.

Tomorrow we are going to a friend's to catch up and have lunch.

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