We have been back form our holiday in Devon for a few days now, but with Hesper being ill all week and beyond, its taken me a few days to get back into blogging or anything really. Despite the weather taken a dramatic turn for the worse and an ambulance being called out for H. in the early hours of the morning we were due to go away...we still had a lovely time. We stayed in a timber lodge set within woodland by a fishing lake near Bideford, very private and scenic. Weather was sunny and rainy spells, and H. was well enough to enjoy herself. 

our holiday lodge (in the middle)
the woodland behind our lodge...gruffalo den?

Hesper on steam train ride at Woody Bay

the beautifully nostalgic Woody Bay train station
a miserable post-rain Hesper trying to avoid the seagulls

view of Lynmouth from Lynton above
Clovelly Donkey ride- her finest moment!
Clovelly harbour
Woolacombe beach

Woolacombe sand dunes

the lodge
feeding the duck outside our lodge one sunny morning
the AMAZING Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe
Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe
"Verity" by Damien Hirst, Ilfracombe
Best bits:
☞ Steam train ride from Woody Bay, with nostalgic station and carriages
(H was thrilled with this, especially when she got her old-fashioned ticket punched, Polar Express style).
☞ Getting transported from Lynmouth up a steep hill to Lynton, via a Victorian water-powered lift.
☞ The gorgeous Clovelly, Hesper's donkey ride and sitting in the sun with a cold pint by Clovelly harbour!
☞ Woolacombe beach, paddling in the warm sea and sliding down the sand dunes.
☞ Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe - Victorians carved tunnels through the caves which lead you to a black beach with natural swimming lidos, rock pools and a backdrop of rocks to explore which all make you feel like you are in another country (until a seagull stole my sarnie!)
☞ Feeding the ducks (and fish) outside our lodge in the sunny mornings and going for evening walks around the lakes and woodland.

I think we will be back to Devon again!

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