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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Prospect Inn Exeter

The Prospect Inn on Exeter's Quay has good food, live music and wireless internet services. The pub has plenty of outdoor seating and is an excellent place to enjoy the summer outside over traditional English food and drink.

Prospect Inn Exeter

Beers on tap include Fuller's London Pride and Otter Ale. The full menu has vegetarian options and includes such favorites as Walnut & Stilton Burger, Thai Chicken Curry and Pork & Aspall Cyder Sausages....yum!

Prospect Inn
The Quay
Tel: 0871 917 0007

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Exe Valley Devon

The lower Exe Valley between Exeter and the pretty village of Topsham is a gentle descent to the Exe Estuary and the towns of Starcross on the west and Exmouth on the east side of the estuary.

The flat, broad flood plain is excellent for cycling and kayaking is a fun option on the water itself.

Exe Valley, Devon

The River Exe is Devon's main river. With its source on Exmoor in Somerset, the river flows more or less due south for about 50 miles to the sea. The river has given its name to many of the settlements along its course including Exeter, Exmouth, Exford, Nether Exe, Exwick, Exton, Exminster, Exebridge and Up Exe.

Dawlish Warren, south of Starcross, is known for its excellent bird watching on the estuary and the river itself is enjoying something of a comeback for anglers.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Teignmouth Promenade

Teignmouth on the South Devon coast is an historic port with a number of fine Georgian houses.

Teignmouth Promenade, Devon

Teignmouth lies on the north bank of the River Teign Estuary and is connected to the village of Shaldon on the other bank by the Shaldon Bridge and the Teign ferry.

Teign Ferry, Teignmouth

The Teign ferry service (Tel: 07880 713420) over the estuary to Shaldon is said to date to the 10th century and the black and white design of the boat is Elizabethan in origin.

Teignmouth Beach

Teignmouth's population of around 15,000 people increases in the summer with the influx of tourists to this still popular resort. Besides the beach and Georgian houses along the promenade, Teignmouth has a fine Victorian era pier with amusement arcade jutting out to sea.

Other attractions include the Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum (Tel: 01626 777041), which is undergoing restoration with a new government grant, the annual summer Teignmouth Folk Festival and Teignmouth golf course (Tel: 01626 777 070) on Haldon Moor. A good place to eat and drink, and enjoy live bands, is New Quay Inn near the station.

Teignmouth still functions as a working port mainly handling the local clay and timber.

Teignmouth is connected by local bus and train to Exeter and Torquay. The train takes 30 minutes to Exeter and 20 minutes to Torquay. Bus times are an hour to Exeter and 30 minutes to Torquay.

Teignmouth Tourist Office
Tel: 01626 215 666
Located on "The Den"

Images © David Beech

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Plymouth Weather

See a 3-day forecast for the weather in Plymouth including temperatures, rainfall, wind speed, visibility, pollution, sunrise, sunset and relative humidity.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Maiden Castle Dorset

Maiden Castle, near Dorchester in Dorset, is the UK's largest Iron Age fort and one of the largest ancient earth works in Europe.

Maiden Castle Dorset

The original hill fort dates from 600BC and covers an area equivalent to around 50 soccer pitches. The fort was built over what was once a Neolithic settlement dating from at least 4,000 years BC.

Maiden Castle Dorset

In 43 AD the fort was either abandoned by its inhabitants in response to the coming of the Roman Legions or less likely besieged and overrun by the invading Roman army. A small Romano-British temple was built on the site during the Roman period, when Dorchester was known as Durnovaria.

An early 20th century novel by John Cowper Powys Maiden Castle set in Dorchester, is a forgotten classic, chronicling the spiritual and historical power of the ancient fortress over the lives of its characters.

Maiden Castle is 2km south west of the city of Dorchester.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Devon County Council

Devon County Council The Devon County Council website has very useful information for Devon residents and visitors.

Find information on Devon festivals and events, arts and crafts, public transport and rights of way, cycling, recycling, and a listing of libraries in the county.

Devon County Council
County Hall
Topsham Road
Tel: 0824 155 1015

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cycling in Devon, Exeter & The South West of England

Exeter is a fairly bicycle-friendly city. There are plenty of cycle lanes and places to hire bicycles and even tandems.

For the tourist, Devon is a great place to take a bicycle, with fewer cars and cycle paths stretched out along rivers and canals. For the long-term resident, infrequent bus and train services make a car almost indispensable.

Cycling in Exeter

Exeter is hilly though, so you'll need to have plenty of stamina to get up and down the town's many slopes. Do try the cycle path from Exeter Quay, along the Exe Valley Way, to the Double Locks pub (Tel: 01392 256 947) and then on to the Turf Locks Hotel (Tel: 01392 833 128). It's also possible to get out to the Double Locks by canoe.

For tourers, the West Country Way runs 250 miles from Bristol or Bath to Padstow. The Devon Coast to Coast route links Plymouth to Ilfracombe. The Granite Way connects Lydford and Okehampton on an 11-mile, mostly car-free route along the former railway line. Bristol and Bath are linked by the 15-mile Bristol and Bath Railway Path. The lovely 30-mile Tarka Trail is a largely traffic-free cycle through north Devon from Braunton to Meeth.

Bicycles, as a general rule, can be taken on the South West region's trains for a small fee, though always check ahead that this is possible on the train you wish to ride.

Exeter Cycle Guide & Map. Tel: 01392 265178 for a free copy

Cycling in Devon

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Cullompton Farmers Market

The monthly Cullompton Farmers Market has been held in Cullompton since June 1998.

There are now around 30 stalls selling local produce from around Devon. Cullompton farmers market is held in Station Road car park on the second Saturday of each month (January the only exception) 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Pictured is the owner of Devonshire Deli Devon cheeses meeting Prince Charles at a recent market.

Prince Charles at Cullompton Farmers Market

The next Cullompton Farmers Market will be held Saturday 10 January 2009.