BIDEFORD HOLIDAY MAY 2016
Our third Bideford holiday took place between 16 - 20 May. Again we stayed at the Durrant Hotel, Northam in Bideford. A great value venue with good food,comfortable rooms and evening entertainment.
John led the First walk on Tuesday from the Durrant Hotel down the lane from the hotel to the River Tor. Where we walked along the elevated footpath snaking along the estuary then cutting across country to take in some of the lovely Devonshire countryside on the outskirts of Bideford. That afternoon a group of us went into Appledore for a cream tea .... lovely
On Wednesday morning Lorraine, Dave and Jan led a walk starting at Northam Burrows Nature Reserve. Taking a route through Westwood Ho seafront up onto walk part of the South West Coastal Path which was formerly an old train line. We passed the "The Bates Motel" then onto the foothpath. The coastal views were stunning all the way. It is interesting to see how the coast is erroding away in large chunks. The cliffs are made of sandstone and very unusually they have smooth pebbles running through them.
The last day of our Holiday was Thursday. Sylvia and Alan had arranged a coach trip to Lydford Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor. It was a particularly beautiful and testing walk. The first part took us along a winding elevated footpath through woodland at the top of the gorge with the edge of the pathway plunging hundreds of feet down to the bottom of the gorge. We descended down to the bottom of the gorge to follow the pathway along the river to the mouth of the gorge. Tumbling and rushing over the rocks the angry river was in all its glory a most beautiful sight. Half way along was a waterfall cascading hundreds of feet from the top of the gorge into the river - absolutely breathtaking. The route up to the river was testing very up and down and where the rocks were slippery metal rails were installed to assist the brave rambler. The circular walk ended at the mouth of the gorge where bubbling and cascading water formed what was called the "Devils Couldron" A sight not to be missed.