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June 9, 2012

Torquay Devon

Filed under: England,Facts,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 4:55 pm

Torquay is a town on the south coast of England, in the County of Devon and extending along the coast of Torbay. In the nineteenth century was known as the English Riviera for its healthy climate. Among the various origins of its name, the most accepted is the word torr or tower, Old English, and designating the small hills of southwest England. It is present in several names of Devon and Cornwall. Remains found in a rock known as “the face”, located in a cave called Kent, demonstrate that Roman troops arrived in Torquay when Britain belonged to the Roman Empire. The first construction of prominence in Torquay was Torre Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196. The favorable climate of Torquay attracted many visitors, especially to convalesce, and mostly coming from cold northern regions. The population of Torquay grew apace passing 838 inhabitants in 1801 to 11,474 in 1851. There are currently 70,214 people living in Torquay. Nearby resorts and towns include Paignton, Babbacombe and Teignmouth.

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June 4, 2012

Plymouth Devon

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 5:45 pm

Plymouth is a city in the county of Devon, in southwest England. Plymouth has a population of over 250,000 inhabitants. It lies between the River Plym and Tamar River and is part of one of the largest and most spectacular natural harbours in the world. The city has a rich maritime past and was one of the most important foundations of the United Kingdom. Because of this it was a prime target for the Luftwaffe during World War II. The Port of Plymouth Line has a ferry that connects to the city of Santander, in Spain.

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April 11, 2012

Clovelly Devon

Clovelly Devon – Clovelly is a fishing village on the north coast of Devon in the UK. It was primarily known through the novel Westward Ho by Charles Kingsley. Even Charles Dickens describes in his book A Message From the Sea, the rugged area around Clovelly. With its picturesque location Clovelly attracts many tourists. However, the site itself can be visited only on foot, as cars are not allowed due to the steep slope. For older people, however, there is the possibility to use a Land Rover with a service charge, which carries the people down at the harbour. An 800 metre long road with cobblestones leads down to the harbour, where there is a quay wall from the 14th Century. There are two chapels in the village, restaurants, gift shops and craft shops. Clovelly has a small beach, where many visitors head when the weather is fine. The village has about 400 inhabitants, many of which still survive through traditional fishing, as demonstrated by the white fishermen’s houses. Clovelly is close to the Hartland Peninsular and nearby towns include Holsworthy, Putford, Bude and Bideford.

See a map of Clovelly here:

And a map of Devon here:

Mortehoe North Devon

Mortehoe North Devon – A pretty little North Devon village which is steeped in history, Mortehoe is situated high above the town of Woolacombe and surrounded by protected land owned by the National Trust. Located a little inland from Morte Point (a peninsular notorious for shipwrecks), Mortehoe is a charming place with delightful tea rooms, shops, and friendly pubs. Its church (St Mary) dates from Norman times and it also boasts a Heritage Centre which outlines the rich maritime history of the area. Mortehoe is close to Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Braunton and Barnstaple and is a popular tourist destination for those visiting this rugged coast of Devon.

See a map of Mortehoe village here:

And view street maps of Devon here:

April 10, 2012

Combe Martin and Hele Bay

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:16 pm

Combe Martin and Hele Bay – A couple of attractive little villages and good spots to visit if you are in North Devon, Combe Martin and Hele Bay are situated to the east of Ilfracombe, on the coast and both minor holiday resorts which attract a number of tourists to the area, both are also on the western edge of the Exmoor National Park. Combe Martin is a delightful village with a long High Street once thought to be the longest village street in England (it isn’t!), it also has a small sheltered cove with a nice little beach. The village of Hele Bay is even smaller but also has a nice little beach and is sheltered by surrounding hills.

See a map of Combe Martin here:

April 6, 2012

Ivybridge Devon

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Ivybridge Devon – Situted in the South Hams district of Devon, the small town of Ivybridge sits at the southern edge of the Dartmoor National Park about 14 kilometres to the east of Plymouth. Ivybridge is what is known as a dormitory town on the outskirts of Plymouth, with a population of over 12,000 residents. Mentioned in documents of the thirteenth century , the history of Ivybridge is marked by its status as the location of an important bridge over the River Erme, on the road between Plymouth and Exeter. During the sixteenth century, mills were constructed to make use of the power of the River Erme. Ivybridge today is a popular tourist destination and an ideal base for visiting the Dartmoor National Park, and surrounding towns and villages such as Plymouth, Tavistock, Cornwood and Bickleigh.

See an Ivybridge map here:

March 15, 2012

Woolacombe Devon

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 6:55 pm

Woolacombe Devon – Lying in the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the small coastal town of Woolacombe is an ideal spot to enjoy this beautiful area, well known for its spectacular cliff formations and rugged landscape. Looking across to Lundy Island, Woolacombe is also popular with surfers, benefitting from perfect conditions for this extreme sport. Rare plant life can be found in the unique sand dunes which lie behind the main beach areas, and the National Trust who care for this area do a great job in maintaining it in good condition for all to enjoy. Woolacombe is close to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe in North Devon.

Find your way around the town with this Woolacombe map:

May 8, 2011

Sticklepath Dartmoor Devon

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 6:07 pm

A tiny village situated in Devon, on the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, Sticklepath is in an area of picturesque countryside, challenging walking country and historic monuments. Location of the National Trust’s Finch Foundry, Sticklepath attracts its fair share of visitors, who come to enjoy the peace and quiet, the walking, the fishing, the pony trekking, and to enjoy the Tarka Trail which runs through the village. Another attraction is the Lady Well, a historic well which never dries up and has provided drinking water for people passing Sticklepath for many centuries. Located close to Okehampton and midway between Exeter and Launceston, Sticklepath is well worth a visit if you are in the Dartmoor region.

May 3, 2011

Ilfracombe North Devon

Filed under: England,History,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 2:01 pm

A large and popular seaside resort located on the north coast of Devon, in the United Kingdom, Ilfracombe first developed around an Iron Age hillfort, established on a nearby hill. Its sheltered position, protecting it from the worst of the region’s stormy weather, led to its becoming an important seaport, and it was used for a number of naval sorties over the centuries. Making its income mostly from fishing for many years Ilfracombe has, since Victorian times become popular as a seaside holiday resort. The Victorian used it for sea bathing after tunnels were dug to several of its shingle beaches. These days it attracts holidaymakers, who enjoy its charming and attractive harbour, good climate and weather, superb coastal walks, boat trips and sea fishing trips. Catch up on the local history of Ilfracombe at the Ilfracombe Museum, where you will find interesting facts about the town’s maritime history, and also see a collection of model ships and steamers, which have sailed the Devon coast through the centuries.

November 18, 2010

Riviera Bay Brixham Devon

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Riviera Bay Brixham Devon

Riviera Bay Brixham Devon

Overlooking the picturesque St Mary’s Bay in Brixham, Devon, the popular Riviera Bay resort is an ideal spot for a family holiday in this desirable area on Torbay. Offering access to beautiful beaches, charming villages and stunning walks along the Devon coastline, the resort also has plenty of great facilities for those not wanting to venture too far. The Tropicana clubroom is at the heart of Riviera Bay entertainment with shows, discos and cabarets taking place here, other leisure activities include heated indoor swimming pool, so you can swim whatever the weather, 10-pin bowling, crazy golf, amusement arcade, soft play area for under fives, pool, darts, tennis court, big screen television, bingo and an adventure playground. Accommodation is in chalets and prices start at £148 for a 4 person chalet. Nearby Brixham is a charming town with an attractive harbour, here you will find plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops. Why not take a look at the replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship. The lovely local coastline is perfect for hiking, so when the weather is fine, why not take a few hours out to get away from it all along this picturesque coastline. You could head along to Berry Head, a nearby coastal headland, which is also a nature reserve with some rare species of flora and fauna. So for your holidays in Devon, why not choose the delightful Riviera Bay.

Brixham Street Map.

September 2, 2010

Budleigh Salterton Devon

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 2:15 pm

Located between the towns of Exmouth and Sidmouth in the north of Devon, the small town of Budleigh Salterton has a population of just under 5,000 and sits at the mouth of the Otter river, in an area of great natural beauty. The estuary around Budleigh Salterton is a significant area for migratory birds and attracts many “twitchers” to this tranquil residential town. The town does attract some holidaymakers, as it has a decent beach, and the surrounding coastline is popular with walkers and hikers as well as fossil hunters who are attracted to the Jurassic World Heritage Site. When the weather is fine, it welcomes many day trippers from nearby Exeter and other surrounding towns, though for most of the year it is a peaceful place. Nearby towns include Seaton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Exeter

Crediton Devon

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 12:56 pm

A town and parish situated between Exeter and Barnstaple in Devon, Crediton has a population of around 7,000 and a history which stretches back to the times of the Saxons, when St Boniface is reported to have been born there in the 7th century AD. Over the ages a mostly agricultural town Crediton was important for the production of wool between the 13th and 17th centuries. Much of the original medieval town was destroyed by a great fire in 1743. Twentieth century Crediton was mostly involved in tanning, tin-plating and shoe making, it has also been significant for cider production and for confectionery. Crediton enjoys a typical Devon climate with the best weather being during the months of June to September, winters are usually mild in comparison with much of the UK.

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