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Devon Holiday July 2003 - page 1

For our 2003 holiday we rented a cottage in south Devon and toured the area; this included a splendid steam train ride on the preserved South Devon Railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and a scenic walk along the South West Coast Path from lovely Wembury beach to Heybrook Bay.  We also visited areas remembered by Mike from his childhood family holidays in the 20s, er sorry, 70s.
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Buckfastleigh station, the start of the South Devon Railway
Here's the station at Buckfastleigh, where we caught the steam train on the South Devon Railway.  There were some wonderful old cars outside the station building to add to the nostalgic sixties feel.

On the platform at Buckfastleigh Station
We waited on the pristine platform at Buckfastleigh, with cameras ready to roll, poised to capture the South Devon Railway steam train when it chuffed into this splendid station right on time.

Inside the old train carriage on the South Devon Railway
A look inside the vintage carriage showing the back of Belinda's head which is buried in the guide leaflet we picked up.  Mike went to the buffet car - and returned with cold tea as he got waylaid chatting to some enthusiastic South Devon Railway steam buffs!

The steam train stopped at the old fashioned signal arm
The train stopped at signals quite frequently on its journey to Totnes, we found out from said steam buffs that a newly delivered diesel locomotive was coming up the other way and our steam train had to wait at a passing point on the single track line.

The South Devon Railway locomotive at Totnes
Now a view of the steam engine on arrival at Totnes.  We watched as the staff shunted it onto the front for the return journey, which we were doing later after visiting the town.  The train driver looked a bit like David from 'Heartbeat'.  See our UK tourist resources for The South Devon Railway website.  It was...

Path to Totnes from the station
...a short walk from the railway station along this path to Totnes.  Spot the Devon tourist!

Relaxing in Totnes, Devon
Belinda just couldn't leave her mobile alone, even on holiday!  We found a nice pub in Totnes for lunch as well as a large gift shop before moving on to visit Totnes Castle.

Looking out from Totnes Castle in Devon
At Totnes Castle we looked out at the view over the town.  The entrance cost the best part of a fiver and we have to say it wasn't the most exciting castle we've ever visited, poor value here then.

The narrow Totnes Castle steps
Leaving Totnes Castle by the narrow stone stairs we wondered why they built stairways so narrow in castles when all the soldiers would be dressed in cumbersome armour.  We then headed...

Refreshment area at Totnes quayside
...to the quayside at Totnes hoping to do a River Dart cruise but were too late.  So instead we enjoyed a delicious ice cream.  We thought Totnes a worthwhile visit, especially travelling there by steam train.

The cafe at Wembury beach in Devon
The next day, and after a fruitless search for the now non-existent Kitley Caves, we went to Wembury and found this lovely little beach café to lunch in, located right on the beach.  Delightful!

South West Coast Path near Wembury showing Burgh Island
We walked along the South West Coast Path from Wembury to Heybrook Bay, stopping along the way to admire the view.  Here's a lovely view... of Burgh Island, and Belinda's not bad either!

Outside the Eddystone Inn in Heybrook Bay, Devon
At Heybrook Bay we found the Eddystone Inn and stopped for a refreshing drink.  Mike last visited here in '72 on a family holiday and was pleased to see little had changed, and this time he was allowed in the bar!

Leaving Heybrook Bay behind on the South West Coast Path
Right, back on the South West Coast Path then for the return walk to Wembury and after re-applying the sunscreen we re-traced our footsteps.

Earlier in the day we found the farm that Mike stayed in two years running in the seventies, now disused.

Looking out over Wembury beach in Devon
We enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine in Devon as we arrived back at Wembury.  Time we thought for a refreshing paddle to cool our...

Paddling in the stream on Wembury beach
... hot hot feet.  Wembury beach is marvellously unspoiled, with clean loos and that quaint beach café being the only facilities.

Paddling in the waves at Wembury beach in Devon
Arrgghhh!  Mike went for a paddle too on Devon's Wembury beach and tried to fly!  Seriously, the water was surprisingly warm and very refreshing, he's was just being a big wimp!

Writing in the sand at Wembury beach
Belinda left her mark in the sand and let everyone know whose beach it was before leaving Wembury, but we later visited more lovely Devon beaches along the South West Coast Path on our holiday >>>

See our Devon holiday video clips too!

We've also holidayed in Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset and visited the GWR Cotswolds & Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
And done more scenic coastal walking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.