Buckland Abbey

Buck­land Abbey, near Yelver­ton, Devon, rep­re­sents a British nation­al trea­sure, impres­sive by any stan­dards. Upon our first view of the estate, we entered one of the biggest, old­est stone build­ings I’ve ever seen in my life. The grand, wide entrance doors...

Granite Way Cycle Path

We ful­ly expect­ed a fun day, our first taste of bik­ing in the UK. We embarked on the Gran­ite Way, a main­ly traf­fic-free cycle route from Oke­hamp­ton to Lyd­ford, Devon and a part of the exten­sive Nation­al Cycle Net­work (NCN) in the UK-route 27 “Devon...

Castle Drogo

What con­tains 2355 sol­id gran­ite blocks and leaks like a sieve? Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the last cas­tle built in Eng­land claims that hon­or. Yes, Cas­tle Dro­go leaks pro­fuse­ly and water will ruin the prop­er­ty with­out imme­di­ate action. For­tu­nate­ly, the...

Knightshayes Court

Locat­ed in Tiver­ton, not far from our tem­po­rary thatched-roof cot­tage, Knight­shayes Court rep­re­sents yet anoth­er Nation­al Trust loca­tion where we spent a hap­py few hours. The Trust acquired the estate in 1973 after the death of its own­er Sir John...

Finch Foundry

Locat­ed in the small vil­lage of Stick­lepath, near Oke­hamp­ton and with­in the Dart­moor Nation­al Park bor­ders, this his­toric foundry remains the last work­ing water-pow­ered forge in Eng­land. Owned by Tom Pearse in 1810, the mill oper­at­ed then to pro­duce...
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