As well as exploring Lyme Regis while on holiday, we also visited some of the surrounding villages. Lyme Regis is in Dorset but on the border with county of Devon. Two of the very prettiest villages in East Devon that we visited are Beer and Branscombe. Both had winding roads leading to them, and a plethora of thatched houses and "chocolate box" views down to the beach.
Beer was a bustling large-ish village with a main street winding down to the shore. (see photo at top of post). There were the usual mixture of old houses, some with a thatched roof.
Unusually, Beer had a small stream running alongside the road down to the shore too. You had to watch when stepping out of your car!
The beach is quintessentially English too with deck chairs........
And beach huts (these are really large sheds along a beach which can only be used during the day). Useful if you have a family as shelter if at the beach for the day, to make a "brew" (no electricity or water but often calor gas camping stoves are used). Many will be individualised too. Some around the coast of England are in private ownership and are sold for vast amounts! Others are rented from the local authority.
And of course there are plenty of boats, often used for fishing trips......
Then there was the lovely village of Branscombe, also in Devon. This had a lovely Norman Church (as with most villages and towns, the church was the centre of the place).
The road was winding and lined by beautiful houses down to the shore again. Unfortunately it was such a narrow lane we couldn't stop the car to take pictures. But I *did* manage to snap this most stunning cottage with beautiful traditional "cottage garden" flowers out front.
And again there were boats ....
We also paid a quick visit to the town of Seaton to go on the electric tramway that runs through the Axe Valley. It was lovely being on the top deck, though it was a HOT sunny day and I felt like a broiled lobster by the time we got back!
The tram takes you 3 miles along the valley to the station, where there is a gift shop and, most importantly, a tea shop too!
Along the way we followed the estuary and passed another pretty village.
As well as picturesque villages we also briefly visited the county town of Devon, Exeter. Exeter is full of history too, but we were meeting up with a friend who lives in the city for lunch, so didn't spend too much time sight-seeing. Exeter has a beautiful cathedral
Lots of lovely cafes and restaurants (we tried the one on the right which was great).
And, of course, opportunities for retail therapy...... I fell in love with these shoes..... I *almost* bought them....but I couldn't think of a single occasion when I could wear them! NOT practical for getting on and off a boat, walking the flagged streets of Stromness, negotiating stairs at home, or dancing to "Strip the Willow" in the Graemsay Hall. So, despite them being comfortable, and YES I could walk in them, they remained on the shelf.....sigh...
Ah well that's it for today....a few more photos to come..... I shall go off and continue to dream of shiny red shoes.....
Indeed. LOL! Not sure why as don't think it was the centre of the beer trade or anything.... and no we didn't sample any while we were there....Delete
We did love those small towns and villages on our driving trip a couple of years ago. Like you said, "chocolate-box views".ReplyDelete
OOoh good I'm glad you've seen some of them. They are just SO English ;-)Delete
Oh I am in love -- and not with the shoes. Those small towns tug at my heart.ReplyDelete
I loved visiting them. But still glad I chose to live in Orkney (which is just as well really!).Delete
Dorset and Devon are beautiful places to visit ! :) Nice pictures !ReplyDelete
Thanks Babzy. Yes they are really lovely places.Delete
We just a spent time in Devon, but the other end of the county - Plymouth, on the border with Cornwall. Beautiful villages and countyside, and some very narrow lanes as well. We got lost down one!ReplyDelete
Oh dear - I hope you didn't end up reversing for miles! I don't drive outside of Orkney now and I spent most of the time as a passenger with my eyes shut down the lanes if traffic came towards us - not helpful when I was meant to be nagivating! We got lost too - the signposts (even with eyes OPEN) are not always helpful. Ah well we got to see bits of scenery we would otherwise have missed. LOL!Delete
Brilliant pictures Sian. A thought. One could paint one's wellies red!ReplyDelete
Hmmm not quite the same though...... they would lack elegance - even if I could walk in them better ;-)Delete
Beautiful photos, so evocative of a lovely part of England. I am just catching up, haven't been in the blogosphere much recently, so am looking forward to savouring your other posts about Devon, Dorset and (lovely, lovely) donkeys.ReplyDelete
Oh, those shoes, though! How could you leave them, especially if you could actually walk in them?! Of course I giggle at the thought of such shoes on Graemsay, but I have been known to fall for impractical shoes myself, and just having them to walk around the house in occasionally gladdens the soul!
I did almost buy them to wear in the house then thought ...stairs..... floor coverings..... hmmm probably not worth the damage to either them or me. LOL! Glad you get to wear some wonderful shoes too though!Delete