Ventured out to the English countryside for the weekend to explore Devon. We took the train to Exeter late on Friday night, picked up a rental car and went straight to a very quaint AirBnB.
We were up first thing on Saturday to head to Dartmoor National Park to do the 5km Parkrun, with a stop for coffee in Bovey Tracey afterward. After nipping home for a quick shower rotation back in the rental car we got, and with Hamish behind the wheel we headed down to Beesands on the eastern coast. Beaut scenery and tiny hedged roads, almost like NZ aside from the thatched roofed cottages!
We ate lunch at The Cricket Inn and had a quick wander along the seaside.
From there we drove further south to Start Point, and walked along the peninsula to the lighthouse.
Back in the car we got, and with Gussy on the tunes (a lot of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty was played) we headed back up to Torcross, through Stoke Fleming and on to Dartmouth. We had a drink (and played a very competitive game of checkers) at the oldest pub in town, the Seven Stars, and then meandered along the wharf admiring the pastel houses across the river at Kingswear. We then went up to Dartmouth Castle for the lookout.
Through Totnes and on to Buckfastleigh, where we arrived right on time for our 7pm sitting at Riverford Field Kitchen – one of the best farm to table dining experiences I’ve had and in such a great setting!
Sunday we drove north to Tiverton for brunch on a farm, before heading back to Exeter for a few pints on the lawn at The Imperial before jumping on the train back to London. A delightful weekend!