Day 17 14-05-2014 Wed Taunton

Drove from Bude to Taunton. Main stops Clovelly and Lynton/Lynmouth. On the way we passed through the delightfully-named Westward Ho. Leaving Bude and travelling on the heights we passed through much open country with expansive views.

Clovelly is a historic preserved fishing village on a steep slope leading down to the harbour. Pretty but the path is cobble-stoned with stones that are smooth, flat and rounded, with the “sharp” side protruding upward – quite uncomfortable to walk on. While descending we wondered how goods are delivered here and we soon found out: via light sleds with wooden runners that slide easily over the stones. This was also the home of Charles Kingsley, a well-known writer and the local rector.

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IMG_2287 IMG_2290 IMG_2291 IMG_2300IMG_2310IMG_2314 IMG_2311From here we drove up onto Exmoor where we saw the most exquisite rolling green hills with sheep in the paddocks. It was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.

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