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August 1 to 14 2011 - Devon, Cornwall and Shrewsbury


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Jeni flew back to Byron Bay on the 1st and I hobbled across to London Paddington to catch the fast train to Tivertion in Devon; "hobbled" because after weeks of walking hundreds of kilometres on concrete and cobbled pavements my right knee finally gave way in Victoria underground - nothing serious, just an old recurring football injury

I spent 3 days with Louise and Steve and went down to Sidmouth twice, once for the Folk Festival and once for the beach. Folk music is not top of my list but the whole of Sidmouth comes out to play and it was a pleasant enough evening walking from pub to pub listening to the the bands - I even got to see and hear a Hurdy-gurdy


Then it was another train down to Truro to spend a few days with Neil and Kyra in Devoran. As is often the case, we spent a great afternoon lazing on the terrace of the Idle Rocks Hotel overlooking St Mawes harbour and watching the regatta

I then picked up a car from Truro and drove to Cornworthy in Devon to see my old friend Bill. His house is very close to Dittisham where you can catch a very small ferry (expensive at GBP3.20 return) across to Greenway, Agatha Christie's old house. The location and gardens are wonderful but although the old house is fine as a home, it really isn't that interesting



The next day, I drove back a few miles to Aveton Gifford to meet Mike and Lynne. Unfortunately, Lynne had a terrible cold, so just Mike and I drove into Kingsbridge to the very pleasant Crabshell Inn on the river (I hope you're feeling better Lynne)

From there I drove north to Shrewsbury to spend a few days with Rob and Jo before they head off to Croatia for 3 weeks

On Friday, Rob and I drove the 20 miles to Chirk near Wrexham, on the Welsh border. Here there is a 700 year-old castle. The interior is not overly interesting but there is a fascinating document from the time of Oliver Cromwell, listing the hiding places of money within the castle (the family were royalists)



Also in Chirk is one of Thomas Telford's canal aquaducts sitting 70 feet above the valley


Posted by kforge 03:42 Archived in United Kingdom

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