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Devon 19 - Day 4


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Miserable start to the day. Well, not at 5.30am when Reggie decided he needed to go out into the garden. At least he had a pee!

At 6.30am it was Claire's turn to get up. Parenting a ???? seems like having a baby! He did nothing but run off the night asleep.

By the time we got up at 8.30am - it is Sunday - it was raining. Grey and very chilly. I thought about getting the woodburner alight but have no idea where to start although it looks to have wood in it. It's a long time since I was a boy scout lighting fires. I did have a badge for it... I also had hand axe and knife...

We decided on a National Trust site at Arlington Court near Barnstaple.

TomTom said it was about 40 minutes away and for once it was almost accurate.

The site is also the home of the National Trust Carriage Museum.

After a coffee we set off on the 2 mile circular walk around the estate. Although the weather was iffy when we set off, but it looked up.

The walk is pretty up and down. The first part goes through an avenue of monkey puzzle trees. Amazing. Some are massive.

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This was just the beginning!

The lake itself wasn't all that exciting. Along the route were photo suggestions. A photo in a frame and above it an empty frame to show where to shoot.

The bridge over the stream from the lake was full of dragonflies. Very colourful.

Claire wanted to go to the gardens and I headed to the dog poo bin and the carriage museum. The collection is quite extensive.

We rejoined Claire and needed a cup of tea so headed back to the tea shop behind the main house.

Some four hours after arriving and just before the house closed we left and headed back to the Cottage.

As we joined the A39 we found ourselves in the centre of a stinkwheel convoy. Three Vespa scooters that were headed for Lands End.

I pulled over to let the two from behind overtake and we lost sight of them.

Back home we had another cream tea. This time with ASDA scones. Very nice.

Another Cream Tea!

Another Cream Tea!

In the end it's all about the clotted cream with the scone is simply a delivery method.

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:19 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Devon 19 - Day 3


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Forced to use the Corsa instead of the Insignia due to an "engine fault" light. Too late to get it fixed before the trip.

Even with several hours in traffic jams, sometimes not moving, today's fuel stop came out at 47.6mpg.

I have created a Fuelly account for it.

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A total of 338.6 miles since I filled it up on Thursday morning. Without all the holdups it could have been so much better. Sadly I don't see the return in Friday being any better.

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Up late. Well I was. The lack of sleep at the Days Inn with Reggie wanting to go out every two hours and the long hours at the wheel and I was knackered.

We chose to visit Clovelly. TomTom reckoned 10 miles until we set off. We had been going a while and it was 9! It looks like TomTom's initial guess is that it's as the crow flies until the route gets planned.

Clovelly is pretty famous. We have been before but not with a dog. The descent to see sea and harbour and the Red Lion pub is in three phases. The first downhill to the pottery is slight. Part two from there to the top of the main Street steeper and made of stones not proper cobbles.

Wear Skechers at your peril.

The third section is the main street. Same underfoot stones and steps in places. We had a break at the New Inn for a sandwich and a drink. It rained a bit but the prawn and crab baguettes were very nice. I had a half of the local Golden Pig beer. Nice and hippy. Not quite the after taste of IPA.

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An ice-cream on the way back finished off the visit. Saying that legs hurt a bit after the walk back up would be an understatement.

We needed some stuff for dinner so we looked for the Asda just off the A39 at Bideford. Claire went in and we looked after the car.

Another cream tea when we got back to finish off Anna's lot.

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Don't worry we have plenty more scones, jam and clotted cream.

What's in store tomorrow? There is a railway at Great Torrington. Dartmoor is to the south....

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:13 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Devon 19 - Day 2

Fleet to Devon


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Up early and popped across to the main services for breakfast. Decided on McDonald's. A nice bacon and egg McMuffin.

It's on the other side of the motorway!

Dogs are not allowed inside the services building and the bridge is inside. Bugger it. Once across the bridge to McD and queue was out of the door. None of the ordering screens were working. Not queuing.

Subway almost next door do a really nice sub with bacon, egg and cheese. Also no queue. So we had that.

Finally on the road just after 10am and all seemed to be going well until about three and a half miles short of Stonehenge. Stopped dead. Two lanes go down to one. Some 45 minutes later we crawled past the stones.

Why the f**k there is no bypass for anyone passing by?

The A303 is stop start pretty often due to either dual carriageways running out, or the two lanes becoming one.

Surely the locals want bypasses for their villages rather than solid traffic and all the pollution?

We arrived at our planned stop at Stourhead way later than expected. Lucky we are members and we park free.

Reggie isn't allowed in the landscape garden until after 4pm and so we had a walk around the outside and had a coffee in the garden.

Back on the road and more solid traffic wherever two lanes went down to one. The route took us a few junctions on the M5 and the traffic was solid going north. An idea what we might see next week on our return.

A stop at Taunton Deane services for a drink and for Reggie to stretch his legs.

Altogether our stops had come to an hour and forty minutes. We eventually arrived at the cottage just after 5pm. TomTom reckoned just under four hours not seven.

As we were parking, Anna the owner passed by. She had left us a cream tea in the cottage.

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Once unpacked we needed to get out again to a supermarket.

We had the first cream tea installment first.

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The supermarket was Tesco in Bideford. We need to go back as Bideford looks nice and the river/inlet is tidal.

Once back we gave Reggie a run around the field by the cottage. Dinner? Lasagne and cider.

Tomorrow. Where to?

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:08 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

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