I’ve just spent the last few days in the heart of North Devon, it was great!
We were staying in Barnstaple, which is an historic market town with a Royal Charter dating back to 930 A.D.
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.
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.
John 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.
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!
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
When I saw this sign, I couldn’t wait …
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.
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.
Operated almost entirely by volunteers, a ‘non-profit’ organisation, owned by its members, with the mission to fully restore the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple railway.
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!
“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.