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.

Please Remember ….

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….

Please Remember ….

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

24th 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

Please Remember ….

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

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Day at the Seaside…….


In normal times this would be the last weekend of the Easter Holiday break.  The first real holiday break in the year.  Given some descent weather may folk would flock to the seaside, either a beach or one of the ‘honey pot’ coastal harbours that dot our coastline.

Brixham, Devon is just one such popular holiday location.  Once a very busy fishing port, also by repute the home of smugglers.  These days it is Ice Cream, Fish and Chips, cosy Harbour side Pubs and a Yacht Marina….. children would be making the most of their freedom before a return to school life.

 Brixham like so many holiday spots will  be missing its vital Tourist Trade,  lets hope normality will soon return.

Please Remember ….

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

18th April

(C) David Oakes 2020