BIDEFORD HOLIDAY - 29 APRIL - 3 MAY 2019

Monday 29th April

Arrived at the Durrant House Hotel during the afternoon.  Dinner in the Sir Richard Room.  Disco entertainment in the evening

Tuesday 30th June - Durrant House Hotel to Appledore

Ivan led a walk from the hotel along the river Torridge Estuary to Appledore.  It was a pleasant dry day and quite mild.  We walked along an elevated footpath above the river passing many old wrecks lying in the mud along the length of the estuary.  At Appledore we made a visit to the Appledore Maritime Museum and of course most enjoyed the inevitable Devon cream tea in one of the many little cafes in the village.  After dinner we enjoyed an evening of musical entertainment.

Wednesday 1st May

Arlington Court, nr Ilfracombe led by the North Devon Ramblers Group

The day was dry and a bit overcast, but mild.  We took our cars to the meeting point in the main car park at Arlington Court located on the road from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe.  Angela, her husband, Harry and Barry from the North Devon Ramblers Group led this most beautiful walk.  We started the walk on a grassy footpath lined with lovely bluebells.  The path took us down to the little stream which runs through the Arlington Estate.  At the halfway point there was an option for those who only wanted to walk 3 miles to peel off and to into Arlington Court to explore the gardens, house and carriage exhibition.  Those who wanted to walk 5 miles carried on.  We walked through fields full of sheep and the most endearing little new born lambs.  We took a footpath down a very steep slope back into the valley.  There we took an elevated pathway through the bluebell woods then down onto the footpath which meandered along the river bank.  Then over the bridge and into the grounds of Arlington House.  There we all enjoyed a well earned cup of tea and lunch and a wander around the lovely gardens.  We presented Angela, Harry and Barry with a bag of New Forest goodies to thank them for leading our walk.  After dinner we enjoyed a musical evening in the ballroom.

Thursday 2nd May - Lynton & Lynmouth

Today we had a coach organised to take us to Lynton.  We took the exposed and elevated cliff footpath from Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks.  The views were totally breathtaking.  Into the Valley of the Rocks,  we made our way along this beautiful valley shrouded by the unusual rock formations on each side.  We made our way upwards out of the valley towards Lynton.  This footpath took us through some beautiful bluebell woods and allowed us to take in this beautiful North Devon scenery.    At Lynton the group split up.  Some stayed in Lynton and others took the Victorian funicular cliff railway down to Lynmouth.  This amazing railway is powered by water, and was built by the Victorians in the 1890s, being the highest and the steepest railway in the country.  Lynmouth is where the West Lyn and the East Lyn rivers converge in the valley.  On 15 August 1952 a disastrous flood happened here.   A storm on Exmoor resulted in the swelling of the 2 rivers, which took torrents of water tumbling down the valley and swept away many of the buildings, resulting in a dreadful loss of 34 lives.  The museum of the flood gives an interesting account of what happened on that fateful day.   Some took the funicular railway back up to Lynton where the coach was waiting to take us back to the hotel.  

At dinner a presentation and vote of thanks was given to Lorraine Allen and Jan Rixon, who organised our Bideford holiday again.  We all enjoyed our last evening dancing the night away with the Johnny Morgan Roadshow at the party disco evening.

Friday 3rd May

After a hearty breakfast we left the hotel, homeward bound after enjoying another lovely Bideford holiday