A Great Little Corner of the World
How does East Devon qualify as a great little corner of the world you ask? We love to travel and see the corners of the world. I'll admit it's not adventure travel... you won't be tracking jaguars... or riding elephants to find tigers... or trekking to mountaintop monasteries, but you could well be finding dinosaur tracks and great little fossils
, visiting manor houses and castles then ending your day in a cosy, comfortable B&B
after dinner in a friendly pub.
We think driving is the best way to ramble around..... and if you're not used to driving on the left, this can make it an adventure all by itself! For a really relaxing trip, get out of London and try driving the charming coast and small towns of south west England.... through the counties of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Pause a while in that great little corner of the world East Devon; relax on the beach; use it as a base to explore for a few days.
Beaches in England?
Yes, and they can be crowded in summer. We would suggest you go in the spring or fall, but that's our travel style. Walk those beaches, and you might be surprised what you find. The coastline here is called the Jurassic Coast, and the cliffs and beaches of East Devon are full of fossils from the mesozoic period... about 180 million years ago.
B&Bs and Pubs
Stay in one of the small towns on the Jurassic Coast. It's dotted with charming little B&Bs. We stayed in one. I can't tell you the name of the B&B, but I can assure you that it was charming, and our hosts were welcoming and helpful... we haven't found any that weren't. We tend to just drive along until we find a town that is so cute it cries out for us to stay. Then we look for a B&B close by. In the shoulder seasons this is easy to do, and you won't have a problem finding a room. During the summer, you probably want to book ahead.
Americans tend to be a restless bunch, but you can settle in and wander too.... Use your East Devon B&B or hotel as a base, and you'll feel like you really do have a home to go to in that great little corner of the world at the end of the day. We're suckers for B&B's and old pubs.... we're great tourists afterall.
Adventure Is Where You Find It
If you have lots of hobbies like we do, and then you'll find a ramble like this will let you indulge in several beyond those great B&Bs and pubs. It's exciting finding your own fossils on the beach. In an easy day drive, you can tour manor houses and abbeys like Althelhampton House and Forde Abbey. Or how about a castle.... Powderham Castle is the historic home of the Earl of Devon. Or somewhere in time between those fossils and castles, how about an Iron Age Hill Fort called Maiden Castle. There is the university town of Exeter to visit with it's beautiful 14th century Cathedral. If you're interested in aviation, a little longer day drive will get you to Yeovil to see the Fleet Air Arm Museum. All slightly outside the actual boundaries of East Devon, but easy to reach, and that great little corner of the world you are now getting to know as East Devon is central to all of them.
Wineries -- This IS A Great Little Corner of the World
We've read there are vineyards popping up in East Devon. As Californians with our own little backyard vineyard, we love checking out new wine growing areas. Check out Pebblebed Wines in Topsham. Wines can be tasted and purchased at the Topsham Wine Cellar on Saturdays. Willhayne and Highcroft are two new vineyards in East Devon near Axminister. Try some cider at Lyme Bay Winery too.
When you're driving around East Devon, stop and take a picture of the thatched manor house at Hayes Barton. It's the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh who has a place in American history after all. You can't go in, but it's worth seeing. After a few days exploring East Devon and it's surroundings, drive on down the road to Cornwall like we did.
On To The Next Great Little Corner of the World
After our stay in East Devon with more to explore than we could have imagined, we made our way on down through Cornwall to see Land's End and St. Michael's Mount and a little town called Mousehole.... we had to go there. We're MouseToursTravels.com. For the whole story about how we got that name check out our website and see more tips and encouragement about seeing East Devon and other great little corners of the world.
Happy Travels! Mark and Judy
Read more about Mark and Judy's travels in Cornwall, another great little corner of the world