Devon - On The Riviera
w/e 24 July 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490


A brief stop in Builth Wells on our homeward journey from Pembrokeshire last year was just long enough for half a dozen photos whilst in 2003 a similar stop in Hereford provided another photographic opportunity. This year our holiday destination was South Devon and our return route was for the most part via motorways. Six photos of a service station on the M5 would hardly prove interesting to many people so here are a selection of images from some of the places we visited during our week away. The first overlooking the harbour in Paignton and just around the corner from our hotel was taken on Saturday shortly after our arrival.

On Monday we spent the morning in Brixham and this scene with the colourfully decorated market stalls was also overlooking a harbour.
Berry Head

At lunchtime we experienced one of the poorest spells of weather during the whole week - it rained for about twenty minutes! But it soon cleared, blown away by a warm westerly breeze and we were able to walk on Berry Head above Brixham where we enjoyed some fine views across Tor Bay. The signpost indicated we were on the South West Coast Path.

A couple of days later and we made our way to Cockington Village, a quaint little place just a mile from Torquay that has changed little since I was last there about 45 years ago. We were there early on Wednesday morning but by the time we left it was heaving with coach parties and tourists attracted by its picturesque thatched cottages.

Torquay in the afternoon was equally busy with many people taking advantage of the fine weather. Sitting with a drink by the marina and watching the world go by seemed like a good way to relax and avoid the crowds.

Thursday saw us taking a twenty mile trip to Dartmouth but a ferry crossing over the River Dart to Kingswear (left hand side of the picture above) cut our return journey by more than half. Other places on our itinerary included Buckfast Abbey, Teignmouth, Widecombe in the Moor, Paignton Zoo, Torquay's Living Coasts and of course Dartmoor but that will have to wait for another day.

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