Riviera Lodge Hotel Torquay
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... and 20 minutes queuing is a nightmare on one of the busiest days in the British travellers calendar. Eventually we head back via a reasonable change at Reading and we get to Newton Abbott station and a quick cab ride home.
I'd pre warned our neighbours who had been fantastic at filling our empty fridge and freezer with staples to get us through our first night back. There was a welcome party ready with keys, help ...
... the top of the site with distant views of the downs and sea. On the serviced pitch you get your own water tap, electricity and drainage so you don't have to move when the tanks need filling up or emptying - lovely. The site has a large bar/restaurant area and a conservatory where you can have a drink and take your dog. With it being Christmas, every one is very sociable and there was a lot of talking, drinking and laughter.
On Christmas ...
... with coffee and biscuits.
The journey to Reading is totally uneventful, not like our journey home on the same tracks earlier this year when due to the wettest winter in many a long year, we were surrounded by water, more like lakes all across the Somerset levels for mile after mile. Five miles across and more like 30 miles wide, the land was under water like never before. So with the railway almost mended at Dawlish and the ...
... catch-up of family news over good food.
Then drove on across Dartmoor again. Stopped to climb to a Tor on Burrator Moor before driving to Lee Moor and on to Ivybridge.
Stayed again with Jenny and Rhidian, whom we stayed with in February. Another lovely night in front of a roaring fire with good food and lots of chatting. Great to see them ...
Tuesday finally arrives and we're on the 1803 out of Exeter St David's after a quick beer in the Great Western. As we pull out we dig into our supplies, I head to the buffet car to pilfer some ice and we settle back to enjoy a couple of G&T's. Slightly embarrassing as the bottle of tonic all but explodes over the laptop of the guy sitting opposite, but it's only a toshiba, so I'm not overly concerned. I'm not sure where it started, maybe as a ...