The weather forecast was for a good weekend so we packed up the van and headed out for a glorious weekend in Devon. We booked into a CL site at Devenish Pitt Farm, Farway in East Devon. When we arrived we were blown away by the stunning view. The site is a field at the top of a hill with 180° view along Coly valley.
I walked down to their riding stables to pay. It was a really steep hill. I almost had to run down it to stay upright. I had a chat with the owner, a lovely lady by the name of Marion Banks.
The walk back up the hill takes some effort. we had tea watching the sheep grazing around the van. Then I had to go back down the hill to get some water. It almost killed me carrying it back up.
Saturday morning we drove down to Seaton. A very pleasant seaside town. We were slightly disappointed by the lack of touristy shops. However, it dose have a lovely long pebble beach with an esplanade running along most of it which makes walking easier. We walked up to the cliff top public gardens. This has a labyrinth. We left the girls here sunbathing whilst we walked down the steps and along to the end of the beach under the large chalky cliffs. We walked back to the ice cream stand along the esplanade, past the beach huts. Met the girls and of course had an ice cream. We then carried on along the beach to the yacht club and were really surprised how few people there where on the beach. We returned to the van for lunch.
We parked in the large car park by Tesco and the tram station, signposted as beach car park when you drive in. Whilst having lunch we saw a tram arriving so I rushed off to photograph it. After lunch we had another wander around the town to see if we could find some more shops, we didn’t. The girls went off to Tesco to do some shopping and Serena and I walked around to the harbour by the yacht club, our car park ticket was running out so we headed off to another CL site for the night.
We were booked into Whitwell Farm CL site near Colyford. A quiet CL site with far reaching views out to sea. At £4.50 a night it is popular and was more than full. After tea Serena, Katie and I went for a walk through the woodland and back around the fields. We didn’t walk to far as we were all a bit tired from walking around Seaton. We then spent the evening playing games.
Sunday we went to Beer. Having heard about the steep hill it’s on and the narrow roads, I was a little bit apprehensive about driving a 24-foot long motorhome there. On entering the village there is a sign sending larger vehicles and motor homes to the cliff top car park. Then there is a sign saying no access for vehicles over 6 foot wide. At nearly 7.5 feet wide I was slightly worried but we were committed. Thankfully there wasn’t any problem, the road is plenty wide enough we weren’t even close to the edge. After parking we walked back down the hill to the center. Again we were slightly disappointed by the lack of touristy shops. As you can properly tell we like tourist shops. We then went to the beach which is the main attraction of Beer. I would say it is interesting rather than pretty, with rows and rows of old tatty deckchairs to hire. Lots of boats on the beach, a couple of places to buy food and drink with tables and chairs to enjoy a meal.
We walked around the beach. At the far end there is a dinosaur head carved into a large rock, which was a bit of a surprise. After a good wander around the beach we walked back up the hill to the van for lunch. I then walked a short way along the coastal path, which has stunning views across the bay to Seaton and Beer. We then headed for home. We all wished we could stay longer.