Andy and I decided that it was probably a good plan to get away from the farm for a weekend before lambing kicks in (in April time)! We wanted somewhere that we could easily drive to, that we could take Juno and had nice beaches/pubs/walks. DEVON was the winner.
We found a really sweet little cottage on Airbnb (here) which was near to the North Devon coastline in a tiny village called Buckland Filleigh.
After much faffing around on the farm on Friday (hanging gates/stock proofing some fields and feeding up the cows!) the day was gone so we ended up getting to the cottage quite late. So Friday was spent eating in and just being excited that we were away from all the sheep and cows with the promise of a lie in.
On Saturday we ventured over to Hartland Quay which is a very rugged rocky coast, it was quite a nice little walk, but unfortunately dogs weren’t allowed so we didn’t get out the car for long.
We then drove over to the beautiful Clovelly, a village that is privately owned so you have to pay (we were dubious of this…) but it is such a beautiful (very steep!) cobblestone village where cars aren’t allowed. They have these little sleds that are pulled down the streets to deliver groceries/post. It then has a harbour down at the bottom where you can watch the fishing boats come in and out. It was literally like going back in time, well worth a visit!
Next stop was Westwood Ho! (yes, it actually officially has a ! in the name) a MASSIVE beach where we had a lovely sundrenched walk with Juno tearing around. It is a massive expanse and we were lucky it was really quiet – I imagine it gets super busy in the summer.
We finished the day by popping to Appledore for a traditional cream tea at this really cute little cafe (here).
Sunday was spent at Putsborough beach and then for an epic roast in Croyde at The Thatch (here). Croyde is a big surf spot in Devon and Andy I watched all the crews of surfers take on the waves…we chose to stay warm and dry on the beach…maybe next time!