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Friday, August 22, 2008

Ye Olde Cider Bar Newton Abbot

Ye Olde Cider Bar in Newton Abbot is one of the last remaining real cider bars left in the country.

Ye Olde Cider Bar Newton Abbot

Serving scrumpy, country wines and perry and no beer and spirits, Ye Olde Cider Bar is an authentic trip back in to the past.

Be warned! Devon cider is strong and after about 4 pints that is about the limit for most drinkers before you just have to sleep it off.

Ye Olde Cider Bar Newton Abbot

Ye Olde Cider Bar
99 East St
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2LD
Tel: 01626 354221

Images © David Beech

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oddicombe Beach

Oddicombe Beach is one of the best beaches in the vicinity of Torquay and Babbacombe. A mixed sand and shingle beach at the foot of wooded, red sandstone cliffs.

Oddicombe Beach

There are spectacular views from the top of the cliffs at Babbacombe Downs, which can be reached either on foot or by the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, a funicular railway from Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach. The historic funicular dates from 1926 and is in operation from Easter until September 30. A single ticket is presently 1.10 GBP.

Oddicombe Beach

Facilities on Oddicombe Beach include a cafe on the cliff, boat/pedallo hire, deck chairs, beach huts and another cafe on the shore.

Oddicombe can be reached by bus #32 from Torquay. Parking is available about half a mile from the cliffs.

Oddicombe Beach

Images © David Beech



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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Richard Hooker

The Anglican priest Richard Hooker (1553-1600) is one of Exeter's most famous sons and one of England's most respected theologians. Born in Heavitree, Hooker rose in the new Tudor Church of England to become the Subdean of Salisbury Cathedral and later Rector of St. Andrew's Boscomb in Wiltshire.

Richard Hooker's statue outside Exeter Cathedral

Hooker's writings, in particular Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, stressed tolerance and inclusiveness and the middle way of Anglicanism between what he saw as the extremes of Catholicism and the Puritan movement.

Hooker's statue stands outside Exeter Cathedral.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Quay Inn Teignmouth

The New Quay Inn in Teignmouth is known for its real ales and is only a short walk from Teignmouth railway station.


New Quay Inn Teignmouth

Image © David Beech

The New Quay Inn
New Quay Street
Teignmouth
Devon
TQ14 8DA
Tel: 01626 774145

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Exeter Corn Exchange

Exeter Corn Exchange Theatre is Exeter's largest multi-purpose arts venue.

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The 500-seat venue has space for conferences, exhibitions, concerts, dances and cabarets.

Exeter Corn Exchange

Monday, August 4, 2008

Exeter 1596

This beautiful building in Exeter, Mol's Coffee House, Devon, originally dates from 1596, as is proudly displayed on the wall.

The place was supposedly a rendezvous for the Elizabethan buccaneers, Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh.


Exeter 1596

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Virgin Trains To Exeter

Virgin Trains have services to Exeter from Birmingham New Street Station.

Travel time is approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with ticket costs presently ranging from 20.50 GBP to 57.50 GBP for a single journey.


Virgin Trains To Exeter

Image courtesy Jake Davies

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