Woolacombe and Around. A Quick Catch up

Blimey, it’s been a while chaps! Didn’t realise I hadn’t posted an update since the daffodils were in bloom! Time flies when you’re having fun and all that. Seems like a lifetime since we arrived back in UK. We are all jabbed up now and good to go again! We didn’t manage our planned month back in Bakewell, as once again a Corona cock up ensued. We had to do our required quarantine. Fair enough I guess. Of course the final test results were delayed blah blah. Dental and other appointments were annoyingly missed but hey, I know it was much worse for some of our travelling buddies. Anyhoo we did our time in Azkaban, paid our extortionate happiness tax to Boris’s mates and here we are back at Warcombe Farm in Devon for another season. It’s a really lovely site, highly recommended if you fancy a bit of North Devon tranquility. It has the best facilities I’ve ever seen on a campsite, a fishing lake, 14 acre dog walk and a doggie wet room! Feeling blessed to be working in such a beautiful part of the world. The site leads directly out onto the south west coastal path so we have fabulous walks on our doorstep, a sea view from our office and daily visits to the beach. What’s not to love? Ok, so there isn’t a Waitrose. I can live with that. The very typical North Devon village of Mortehoe is a two minute drive away. It has two pubs, a chippy and a post office, boom! Barricane Bay, my go to sunrise/sunset swimming spot, is just a minute further on.

Woolacombe itself has a huge, sweeping expanse of white Sandy surf beach. The far end heading towards Putsborough lies beneath vast sand dunes and is dog friendly. Fabulous for tiring the mutt out. You can park along the top on Marine Drive and just take in the amazing views out towards Lundy Island. A great park up spot to eat your takeaway fish and chips of an evening and watch the sun go down. The town itself has a surfy holiday vibe, best avoided when rammed at weekends but lovely after 6pm when the tourists (who incidentally pay my wages!!) have all gone home!! Of course we old fogies prefer the less touristy spots these days where the crowds are not. Bennett’s Cove, Rockham Bay and the the incredibly pretty Lee Bay are all within walking distance of our back door. We are just on the cusp of Exmoor here so the local scenery is rugged and the coastline dramatic. We absolutely love it.

It’s just a great corner of England to explore. We’ve treated ourselves to a fab little car this year so we can get out and about. This one gets up the hills a bit better than last year’s!! You do, of course, have to be mindful of the crazy narrow lanes around here though. Definitely not accessible in a larger vehicle. Even the Abarth has to breath in sometimes!! Check the map, sat navs can be naughty!! Croyde and Saunton Sands are a short drive away if we fancy a change of beach or we have the quaint market towns of Barnstaple and Bideford for shopping when a bit of retail therapy is required. The winding streets of Appledore, a charming and historic fishing village with colourful pastel houses, or Instow on the opposite side of the estuary where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, are also just a nip. Jolly nice places to sit by the water and enjoy a panini and cappuccino!! Appledore even has Motorhome parking for you travelling folk and Barnstaple now has a proper Aire! So that’s us for the Summer folks! Our other news is that Matt and Lucy have finally left Ladram Bay. After ten happy years they’ve made the break and are embarking on a new life in Polzeath, Cornwall. Our boy now gets to surf daily before or after work, his life long dream!! Wishing them only the best of luck and love. I’ll sign off now then my lovelies. Hoping this post finds you all safe and well and enjoying some Summer sunshine. Sending our love out to you and yours. TTFN ❤️

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