Waiting for the Tide…

Tarr Steps, Dulverton

In the shadow of  Exmoor at the foot of Lyn Gorge is the village of Lynmouth.  A gorgeous little village and harbour, but a harbour very much at the whim of the tides of the Bristol Channel  

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

August….. and a Fresh Start


Slapton Ley, Start Bay, The South Hams, Devon

A rather idyllic place on a sunny summers day.  Slapton Ley Nature Reserve.  The reserve was formed when water was trapped behind the shingle bank of Start Bay.  It is the largest freshwater lake in south west England…..being located so close to the sea, only a matter of yards, with just a fragile shingle beach as protection, it form a rather unique habitat.  Great place for Bird watchers.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2020




A Little Gem on Exmoor……


Horner Water flowing through the valley of Horner Woods.    The hamlet of Horner, a great starting point to explore the valley, can be found near to West Luccombe which lies on the eastern edge of the Exmoor National Park.   Exmoor is, part in Devon and part, as is the case with Horner, in Somerset.  These quiet high wooded valleys are wonderful to tramp, paths weaving there way  through the woods, sometimes following old packhorse trails, with some leading you on and out onto the high open moors of Exmoor…. and maybe a coastal view.

Looking forward to exploring again…..   but till then….

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Saturday…… and another Grand Day Out


Brixham, Devon

Brixham Devon it the destination for this weeks Virtual Grand Day Out….best we can do with the current restrictions, even though they are easing.

Brixham is a  traditional Fishing Harbour and once a Port for sailing ships of old.  Nestling under the protection of the high cliffs of Berry Head, on the wester edge of Torbay, with easy access to the English Channel.

Original Fisherman’s cottages cling to the hillside above the harbour . Fishing was the main stay industry for Brixham and still plays an important role today.  It is though Tourism that has overtaken it in importance for the town.  So be prepared for a busy harbour side and  crowded narrow streets, but that all adds to the atmosphere.


A replica of  Drakes Golden Hind  is a prominent permanent feature of the harbour.  Elsewhere modern Marinas are home for todays Maritime play folk.  Then if you want to get away to a more peaceful space to take in the views over the town and bay, then head for Berry Head.


So here is a quick tour of Brixham and Berry Head.  Boats cram the harbour, which seems crowded in by houses and dominated by the high tower of  All Saints Church. Don’t miss the lighthouse on the Head, no need for a tower on this high point above the channel. The Cliff Top Fortifications are vanishing into the surrounds, built between 1794 & 1804 as defences against a possible French Invasion.

Lots to see but also take the time to just sit and take in the view…


We will be able to plan again….one day.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Time for another Grand Day Out


Historic Dartmouth, Devon

The Quay above is known as Bayards Cove.  It is right in the heart of Dartmouth and once a very busy harbour for Clipper Ships.  Some of you may remember the Period TV Series ‘Onedin Line‘ …  well this was the setting for  much of the filming.

For centuries Dartmouth, located at the narrow entrance to the River Dart from Start Bay, has been an important Naval and Civil Harbour for centuries.  Well protected by  twin Castles on either side of the Dart Estuary ….  which apart from Cannons with which to defend the entrance, a chain from one castle to the other could be raised to hinder passage of unwelcome vessels.  The Naval connection continues today being the home of Dartmouth’s  Royal Naval College.

But a visit to Dartmouth is also a visit to Kingswear, the town directly across the Dart and linked by a continuous stream of ferries to Dartmouth….


Over the Dart to Kingswear.

Any trip to Dartmouth will be busy.  It is a popular centre and the population swells significantly during the summer. The marina’s ,of which there are several, popular with local sailors and those from abroad.  Busy as the town will undoubtedly be, it is also fun. Lots to see, from gardens, to narrow streets, marinas and old quayside,  take a trip round the Bay, or take ferry to Kingswear,  our just rest awhile on the promenade with great active views.  Then of course you also have the Castle to add to the list.  So lets take a short visual tour….

It is a great cosmopolitan mix of modern with the historical.

So after all the trauma of todays problems, it may well be a tonic to enjoy,

It will be nice to get back to normal (even the new normal) but

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2020