five thoughts on avoiding the crowds in devon

It’s been quite novel, these last few weeks, exploring a quieter-than-usual Devon. Truth is, I’ve quite enjoyed being able to go to places without getting stuck in traffic and, when you get there, seeing fewer people. As the restrictions out of lockdown ease, that will change and with Devon being such a gorgeous place and […]

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run: torquay

The day dawned bright and breezy and the morning hush hung in the air. A tabby cat looked decidedly nonplussed at someone being up so early on a Sunday out of choice. As I crested the hill, an easterly wind smacked me in the face vigorously enough to make my cheeks turn pink with cold. […]

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explore from your door

Since the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all needed to stay closer to home and for many of us that has involved exercising locally too. It has really opened my eyes up to some of the spots we have on our doorstep. When restrictions were introduced in March 2020, I made a commitment to do either a […]

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Run: ashburton

If you like running and exploring new places then this 10k around Ashburton may just be what you need.

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Explore: a sunny stroll in teignmouth

When poet John Keats visited Teignmouth in 1818, he arrived at a time when the weather was typically British: it had a bit of everything. And so it is the case again in 2020. Squally rain gives way to white-hot sunshine. Puffy clouds swell and the wind huffs around like a stroppy teenager. In the […]

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EXPLORE: HAYTOR GRANITE TRAMWAY

Let’s travel back in time – 200 years to be precise. We’ve decided we want to take a stroll on Dartmoor National Park; enjoy the autumn air and escape the technology of today. We step outside our time machine expecting to hear little but – gosh! What’s that noise? And that smell? It’s gunpowder and […]

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My thoughts: taking care of our places

Do you remember when we all had high hopes this would all be over in a few weeks? I remember seeing a Facebook post from a friend. “what’s the first thing you will do when this is all over?” she asked. Replies varied from “giving everyone I know a big hug” to “go on holiday”. […]

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In praise of the Great British pub

In the spirit of finding things to be happy about – especially when the world feels topsy-turvy – I want to talk today about the joy of British pubs. It was this life pleasure which I was reminded of a few nights ago when I went into a pub for the first time since March. […]

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Explore: sea swimming in Devon

In the last few years swimming has become an exercise staple.  From spring through to autumn, I take to the seas and rivers and so when the warmer weather arrived it was time to get back into the brine. My usual swim spot is Torbay, South Devon.  Torbay has lots of advantages because its waters are […]

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