2015 North Devon

I’ve just spent the last few days in the heart of North Devon, it was great!

S5002162

We were staying in Barnstaple, which is an historic market town with a Royal Charter dating back to 930 A.D.

S5002155

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cycle ways, made famous in the Henry Williamson classic Tarka The Otter. Established in 1987, the trail originally used disused railway lines.

S5002156

 

We visited their Heritage Centre

These merchants are standing either side of the Tome Stone. They would bargain with each other over goods.  When the price was agreed, a handshake across the Tome Stone was considered to be a legally binding contract.

S5002157John Gay was born in Barnstaple in 1686 and became a famous poet and playwright.  His most famous work, The Beggars Opera caused a sensation, as for the first time ever, ordinary street people were depicted in an opera. Here you can see me listening to the opera on headphones.

S5002158

 I took part in a Journey Through Time Quiz. Hiding in the exhibition, were white mice, (not real ones)!

As I found all 15 mice, I was awarded a sticker by Beth. I’ve got it stuck on my paw!

S5002161

Built in 1855, the Pannier Market is one of Barnstaple’s most iconic buildings. Before the Pannier Market was built, those with produce or goods to sell would bring them to Barnstaple in baskets or panniers and line the side of the High Street between Cross Street and lower Boutport Street.

 

We visited Lynton and Lynmouth

S5002163

S5002172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S5002173

When I saw this sign, I couldn’t wait …

S5002167

We’re at the top and it’s a very long way down. S5002180

Almost at the bottom.

 

 

Look who I found at the bottom?  Meet my new friend Humphrey. He was raising money for Water Aid for Nepal.

S5002169

 

 

S5002171

He told me he had run the London Marathon 2015 and completed in 5hrs 2mins 12secs.  WELL DONE HUMPHREY!

My last adventure in Devon was on a Narrow Gauge Railway, 1.000 ft. up on wild Exmoor.

S5002183

S5002184

Operated almost entirely by volunteers, a ‘non-profit’ organisation, owned by its members, with the mission to fully restore the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple railway.

S5002189

Before I could ride on this this beautifully restored train, David Tooke, the shop manager had to give me a special ticket.  He hadn’t had a Wolf Cub on the train before, so he had to adapt a dog ticket!

S5002188 S5002186

 

“Axe ‘ the engine pulled all the carriages and we all whistled when we saw the steam and heard the train whistle.

 

As I ended my time in North Devon, I started to wonder where my travels might take me to next?

Thank you once again for my friends Steve and Jill for taking me with them.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *