14 Damp Days in Devon

Bigbury on Sea, Devon
Bigbury on Sea, Devon

Who’d take a holiday in Britain in this weather? We would that’s who. We’ve just returned from a very relaxing, if not a little damp, 2 weeks in South Devon where we stayed at a working farm near a small village called Loddiswell.

Our intention was to do some sea fishing and walking around the area but to say the weather was against us would be to understate the amount of rain drastically. I’ll go into the fishing in a later entry but thought I’d give my impressions of the area and show a few photographs first.

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Prawl Point

South Devon, around the Kingsbridge Estuary area is a beautiful area and at the time we went was very quiet due to the schools not being closed for summer until just recently. But, it is almost impossible to enjoy the countryside in the same manner that I am used to in North Wales or the North West of the UK due to the massive hedgerows on either side of the many single track roads. When I say massive I mean at least 10 feet tall and with only a few passing places on the roads meeting another vehicle coming the other way was a bit daunting.

Another problem from the fishing point of very was access to the sea from the cliffs. I think the locals must be part mountain goat!

Hallsands Cliffs, Devon
Hallsands Cliffs, Devon

One of the better days out we had was a simple drive to Start Point, sandwiches and drinks packed we parked the car up and walked down to the lighthouse – looking back we could see the whole of Start Bay which in the blazing sun (yes, we did have a couple of days of it) was fantastic.

You can’t really see it in the photograph but about halfway along the bottom of the cliff is the remains of the village of Hallsands which ‘fell’ into the sea during January 1917 after a heavy storm, due to the removal of gravel off shore which used to protect it from the worst of the weather. Hopefully people will learn from this mistake and not take our natural resources for granted although I doubt it.

While we were looking for a way down the cliffs in our never ending quest to find places to fish Wendy spotted this little chap sun bathing in a gap in the bracken. The last time I saw an

Adder at Start Point, Devon
Adder at Start Point, Devon

Adder (Vipera berus) was at Abersoch in North Wales about 14 years ago so to see one and to be able to get a photograph was brilliant.

As for fell walking and bird watching – the weather just put us off and I’m sorry to say our impression of South Devon was probably tarnished by this as well as the other things I’ve mentioned. And I haven’t even talked about the cost of the car parks!

So would I go back?

No – I don’t think so. I think we’ve been spoilt by the fantastic countryside of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, North Wales and Anglesey and we were expecting something similar with good access to all places which South Devon just didn’t provide. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a beautiful place but just not suited to our style of holiday – especially as it’s about a 5 hour drive!

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  1. devons great said:

    I found a web site that list walks in south devon as well as fishing trips etc. may be a good source of info to anyone going to south devon.
    the site is http://www.southdevondirectory.co.uk

    August 14, 2007
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  2. Keith Alexander said:

    Stu

    You have put your finger on the difference between South Devon and Anglesey. The hedges are massive in Devon whereas in Anglesey we can see through or over them to appreciate the scenery. We have plenty of experience of South Devon as my wife’s mother lived in Newton Abbott until her death this year.

    The last few days have seen beautiful weather in Anglesey and I have got some good photographs as a result. Come and fish here!

    Keith

    October 25, 2007
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  3. yearso said:

    To get to the rock marks at start point ha! walk down to the light house when you get about 10 or 15 yards near to it climb over the wall to the left MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LIGHT TAC go towards light house over a very narrow ledge after that its ok.ps there’s a seal that lives there also.

    June 24, 2008
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  4. yearso said:

    Prawle point: When you park up walk to the end of the road through the kissing gate then go to the rigth up the hill & down the other side there are loads of deep water marks there, but you can only use float or rotton bottoms, the reason for this is its like a scrap yard under the water (wrecks)

    June 26, 2008
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