Exmoor and the Atlantic Highway

Exmoor and the Atlantic Highway

We got away from Tintagel in good time. The car park at the Ship Inn was good value and close to all the attractions of Tintagel and I would happily use it again. We left Tintagel heading north to join up with the excitingly named  “Atlantic Highway”, actually the A39 between Barnstaple and the junction with the A30 near Launceston and Newquay and not  to be confused with the “Atlantic Road” in Norway! Highway is a bit of an exageration

Across Exmoor to Chard

Across Exmoor to Chard

Just as we were getting Bertie ready to head off from Appledore we were really pleased to catch sight of MS Oldenburg on her way to Lundy. The ship is Lundy’s connection to the mainland and is the only way to reach the island. The ships sails a couple of times a week and takes 2 hours to make the trip from Bideford to Lundy. It was a short drive from Appledore to Barnstable where we filled up with LPG.

A day at leisure in Appledore

A day at leisure in Appledore

Appledore is a real treat. The car park is perfect – right beside the river and in the middle of the village with walks along the South West Coast Path to be had in both directions. Who would have thought you could have such a nice holiday in a car park. Bertie is not moving at all today as we can park here for two days (£3 for daytime and £5 for overnight). On Tuesday we will need to move

Appledore

Appledore

We crept out of bed on Sunday to find it still a bit breezy but not actually raining. Last night the forecast suggested that today would be see quite an improvement and suggested a dry day was in store. By the morning that had changed and they are now suggesting rain later. Today we move on from Bideford as our two nights are up. We have enjoyed being here – it is a great location and it was easy to

Carpark heaven in Bideford

Carpark heaven in Bideford

We are loving Torridge District Council’s car park policies. They allow up to two nights parking in five of their larger car parks. It costs just £3 for the day and £5 overnight. We spent two nights at the Riverbank Car park in Bideford which is right beside the River Torridge. We had a nice spot sheltered by some trees and great views across the river. Just a few minutes walk in to the little town of Bideford. Close to

The weather changes and we go for a boat trip.

The weather changes and we go for a boat trip.

The weather changed today and it was cloudy, showery and breezy. So with a day to spare in Plymouth the best thing we could do was take a 2 hour boat trip right around the harbour. Actually it was rather fun although it was a bit cold, a bit wet and a bit bouncy! After another lovely dinner at the Duke of Cornwall we got changed and headed out to watch the second evening of fireworks. The wind dropped and

Busy day ends with a bang!

Busy day ends with a bang!

This was planned as an easy day as we were within 2 hours drive of Plymouth and did not need to be there until about 3pm. So we had time to visit Eileen’s Mum and Grandma in the churchyard at Kilmington just across the road from the Britstop. From here we bumbled through some tiny lanes to the pretty small town of Colyton where Eileen’s great grandfather was born. We hoped we might have been able to find the cottage

Berty Pomeroy Castle

Berty Pomeroy Castle

After a slow start this morning, Sunday 18th, and a leisurely hotel breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express at Exeter we set off to visit Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage) near Totnes (now renamed Berty Pomeroy Castle for the duration of this post. We couldn’t resist replacing Berry with Bertie!). I must say it seems a bit strange to be staying in a hotel whilst we have Bertie but these three nights were booked some weeks before Bertie came in

Devon Lanes!

Devon Lanes!

Quite a day today (well yesterday really as I am writing this on Sunday evening). Saturday 17th October was our first full day in Devon with Bertie and we were still getting to grips with the reality of the ordinary roads here when viewed from a motorhome rather than a car. After the drive back to Exeter last evening I was concerned about the road to and from Beer where Joan’s 80th Birthday Party is being held. So we drove