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Travel Blogs from Salcombe
With the wonders of modern travel, Virgin Airlines get us to Gatwick half an hour early at 5.20 am on 30th December, after the usual arrival formalities I manage to load all our suitcases and rucksacks onto a trolley and head through the arrivals scrummage and into the increasing cold in Gatwick Railway station to try and sort a change of ticket from our original February return to immediate ones. The cold is no good for ...
... to stay initially and I have also made an alternate plan if I can't go from Portsmouth but have to do the Newhaven Dieppe run. I also didn't realise that one of the bits of paper I need to book caravan sites in Europe runs from January to January so I am having to wait until the 2015 version is available. Hopefully I may be able to buy it around now but then it will have to be posted to me and I will have to hang around until I get it. I ...
So it begins. The bags are packed we're ready to go, as the song says. Goodbye Wilbraham Court and our lovely neighbours for 9 weeks of exotic travels. Beryl our wonderful friend drives us to the station as by the wonders of Brunels famous railway we are on our way from Newton Abbot, Devon to pastures new. Gosh we're excited. The joys of 1st class rail means for maybe the last time for some days we can sit back relax and be waited ...
... lot more about her and her family. Her husband was in the bombing raid on Arnhem and coined the phrase "A Bridge Too Far".
Then across to Dartmoor and Princetown, site of H.M. Prison for really bad criminals! Met up with old friends Jo and Andrew for lunch at The Plume of Feathers pub, where I had been many times in the past when I lived nearby. ...
Lazy day, with late brekkie. Drove with Liz and John via Torpoint and then Millbrook to Maker Heights, when we sat outside to eat lunch overlooking Cawsand - amazing in late November!
Then walked across Mt Edgecombe parkland along an inlet from the sea to Cremyll, when we had a drink in the old pub, the Edgecombe Arms, before walking back; in all, about 3 miles.
Lovely lazy dinner in front of a roaring fire. So good to see our old pals ...
Other places to stay in Salcombe
South Sands, Salcombe | 3 star hotelfrom $212
Sharpitor, Salcombe | Hotelfrom $55
Grand View Road, Hope Cove | Hotelfrom $53
Grandview Road, Hope Cove | Hotelfrom $156
Hope Cove | Hotelfrom $545
Soar, Salcombe | Hotelfrom $227
- Normal No Thank Goodness
- Fabulous Experience
Inner Hope Cove, Hope Cove | Hotelfrom $168