This is the last of my holidays posts, which makes me super sad. They’ve been really fun to write and allowed me to think back on what a wonderful time we had, although it went by in a flash within a very busy few weeks! We had a lot of fun on every day trip and at every place we visited, but I think I’ve saved the best til last, although it was a close fought thing! On our anniversary, which was whilst we were in Devon, we spent the day up on Dartmoor and I can’t describe how truly happy I am when I’m there.
There’s something about the Moor that calms me, makes me feel like I belong nowhere else and brings a sense of peace over me that I don’t really find anywhere else. It brings back a wealth of childhood memories and makes me marvel at the natural world. Dartmoor will forever be where I long to go back to time and again. From driving around the narrow roads along the banks of the Dart, to the wide-open views from the tops of the tors, there’s something beautiful to see at every turn. I love the feel of walking across the soft, springy grass near the banks of the rivers and streams just as much as I love scrambling up the rocks and stomping through the pine forests.
One of the days of our holiday was spent exploring two towns that sit on the River Dart. Once the Dart comes down from the moors at Buckfastleigh, it winds its way through the South Hams region to Totnes. This small but important town is one of the few crossing points and therefore is a pivotal town in the district.
Following on from my post about the Cornish Coast the other day, we also spent time exploring the South Devon coastline too. Our first sight of the Devon coast (apart from when we took the train to Exeter) was at the end of the day we’d spent exploring the towns of Dartmouth and Totnes. From my teenage years holidaying in this area, I remembered the coast around here well and remembered that the stretch of coast from the Dart to the Kingsbridge Estuary has a coast road famed for it’s stunning views. As my husband hadn’t been on this road before and the late afternoon sun was shining, we decided to take the long way back to the campsite and take in the stunning views.
It has been
9 years since I last went to Exeter and as our friends now lived there, we
decided to plan in a trip to Exeter as part of our holiday. As they both work
full time and the only Saturday we were in the South West was whilst we were
still camping in Cornwall, we actually took the train from Penzance to Exeter
instead of going from Devon, which would have been more logical!
One of the advantages of getting the train though, was being able to appreciate the incredible scenery of the South Devon coast. We’d been along a short stretch of the Cornish coast a few days previously and as always when travelling by car, the driver doesn’t get to see all that much as they go along so this was a perfect opportunity for us both to appreciate the beauty of the Cornish and Devon coastline.