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After spending nearly a third of my life in the outskirts of London (Hanwell, Walthamstow, West Drayton, Slough and Harlow) I knew I was missing something of the real England (and I don’t mean just the sea and the countryside).
This has been my second visit to the western counties of Devon and Cornwall. It has to be a very good reason to come back again to the same destination with so many places in the world to explore.
Devon’s main attractions for nature lovers are the Dartmoor National Park and the Exmoor National Park that with the Bodmin Moor in Cornwall form the three great moors of the peninsula.
Dartmoor is the biggest in size of the three parks. The heather-grown moor is one of the plants that has better adapted to these acid soils, strong winds and frequent rains and dominate the scenery. The different types of heathers with their diminutive flowers are constantly visited by the local busy bees during the spring.
The granite massifs take spectacular forms in some areas of the park. This high granite ridges are very popular with both hikers and rock climbers.
This wilderness area is home to hundred of semi free flocks of sheep’s and ponies. You must drive carefully and respect the 40 mph speed limit.
Exmoor is smaller in size and the land is privately owned by local farmers. The coastal road offers magnificent views of the sea with dramatic cliffs and beaches.
Lynton and Lynmouth are sisters villages are divided by a steep cliff. The Victorian village of Lynton offers great view of the sea. A cliff railway connects both villages.
Picturesque Lynmouth, which is a favourite spot with tourists, lies in a small estuary where the East and West Lyn rivers meet the sea. Floods washed away the village in the summer of 1952. There is a collection of excellent photograph of the flood damage in a building next to the village public toilets.
Appledore is an elegant village located at the Torridge Estuary. Some of the colourful eighteenth century fishermen’s houses are now craft, souvenirs, antiques and art shops are worth a look. The North Devon Maritime Museum at the end of Bude Street was closed during my visit (open between 2-5 pm at weekends).
Exmoor Coast Boat Cruises organize excursions to see the birdlife of the cliffs and also to Ley Bay and Porlock Weir... more travel advice
Picturesque Lynmouth, which is a favourite spot with tourists, lies in a small estuary where the East and West Lyn... more travel advice
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