Devon 2015

Towards the end of August Rob and I enjoyed our annual family holiday. We stayed in a lovely house in Croyde Bay, Devon with my parents, my sister, her husband and the three nephews. Then afterwards, Rob and I travelled on to Cornwall to visit our friends who moved down there a couple of years ago, and camped in the van for two nights on their farmland.

It was a wonderful nine days away and a lovely end to what has been a really good summer. I have been really lucky this year – I went away in March to the New Forest and have also managed to squeeze in lots of camping trips this summer. And that’s despite of Robs shoulder injury and me working weekends!

Sadly, this was probably my last camping trip of the season, as its starting to get colder and more damp now. And lets not talk about how I now have no annual holiday leave left from work until the next holiday year starts in 2016 (sob)!!

Our time in Devon involved lots of bike rides, lots of body boarding, amazing sunsets, hikes in stunning scenery and the usual over consumption of cream teas, fudge, ice cream, chips and alcohol.

It was our first time in the county and we fell in love with the area. We will definitely be going back again as north Devon ticks all the boxes for us – plenty of activities to do, stunning countryside and spectacular beaches!

Here are some of my favourite photos from our week. Some are taken by Rob with his DSLR, some are from our Instagram feeds and some are from our phones. Im sure you will be able to tell which are which!

croyde

Croyde bay beach and sand dunes.

baggy point

Baggy Point which is National Trust land.

sunset beach

Sunset on the beach.

sunset

Rob had a play with his filters here, but it was pretty stunning IRL!

A little photography experiment with a filter and the two of us.

A little photography experiment with a filter and the two of us.

baggy point again

The walk along Baggy Point and views towards Woolacombe Bay.

Rob decided he wanted the white contempary house in this snap. Anyone got a spare million or two?

Rob decided that he wanted the white contempary house in this snap. Anyone got a spare million or two?

Croyde beach is officially my favourite sure destination now.

Croyde beach is officially my favourite surf destination now.

My tip for the day - don't allow yourself to be photographed in a wetsuit. Especially standing next to skinny nephews! But I don't care that I am not a size 6 supermodel. Im not going to let it stop me from having fun! (And sharing a photo of my huge arse on the inter webs!)

My advice for the day – don’t allow yourself to be photographed in a wetsuit. Especially standing next to a skinny nephew! But I don’t care that I am not a size 6 supermodel or thin and pretty enough to be in Taylor Swifts girl gang of BFF’s, Im not going to let it stop me from having fun! I managed to squeeze myself into my trusty old wetsuit to catch some waves!

Me bodyboarding!

Me bodyboarding!

We went to Ilfracombe. Its quite a pretty little town. We went to the Weatherspoons as you do.

We went to Ilfracombe. Its quite a pretty little town.

blooming lovely

We went all the way to Ilfracombe and then had lunch in the Weatherspoons, as you do.

We went all the way to Ilfracombe and then had lunch in the Weatherspoons, as you do.

We also went to the famous beach tunnels which were really, really hard to photograph. (This is a snap from my phone). They were not as good as I hoped they would be (we got round them in 5 minutes!) - I preferred the tunnels on the Tarka trail bike route!. Much longer and more fun!

We also went to the famous beach tunnels which were really, really hard to photograph. (This is a snap from my phone). They were not as good as I hoped they would be and we got round them in 5 minutes as we are uncultured townies who don’t read much of the historic stuff! – I preferred the tunnels on the Tarka trail bike route! Much longer and much more fun!

I am getting braver posting more photos of myself on here, ha ha! Its me on the tunnels beach, in my waterproofs. Not a trendy Seasalt mac, but a workmans jacket from my Dads former place of work!

I am getting braver posting more photos of myself on here, ha ha! Its me on the tunnels beach, in my waterproofs. Not a trendy Seasalt mac, but a workmans jacket from my Dads former place of work with a stain on the sleeve! Glamour is my middle name!

Me and the oldest nephew riding through a tunnel on the Tarka trail. He rode 23 miles, not bad for an 8 year old, eh!

Me and the oldest nephew riding through a tunnel on the Tarka trail. He rode 23 miles, not bad for an 8 year old, eh!

IG tunnel 2

After seven lovely days, the family all drove back home to Kent, and Rob and I headed in the opposite direction towards Cornish land to visit our friends for their annual bank holiday BBQ fundraiser weekend in aid of the local school. The event involved lots of drinking, talking, a chilli eating challenge (more on those chilli’s on here soon!), pulled pork and pulled beef eating and then some more drinking. We didn’t take many pictures as I was too busy drinking and Rob was too busy scoffing the pulled meat*, but here are some from our phones.

The obligatory picture of our van, the awning and the Kelly kettle.

The obligatory picture of our van, the awning and the Kelly kettle.

Rob got to drive a tractor. This made him very happy.

Rob got to drive a tractor. This made him very happy.

Another great sunset....

Another great sunset….

...made much better with a vintage VW in the shot and an Instagram filter!

…made even better with a vintage VW in the shot and an Instagram filter!

*Snigger!

2 Thoughts on “Devon 2015

  1. This looks like a lovely holiday. I’ve never been to Devon (apart from chaperoning hundreds of kids on year 8 school camp every year, which obviously doesn’t count!) but Croyde looks just lovely.

    • Helen on 13/09/2015 at 2:32 PM said:

      It really is a lovely place. If you get the opportunity to go, do go! Croyde is a bit like Newquay with its surf stuff, but smaller, more family friendly and without all the stag and hen type carnage! x

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