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Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:32 am

I was born and raised (for 20 years) in Barnstaple, North Devon, in the south-west of England. Devon is a largely rural area with a lot of farmland. It also has a large coastline (on both the north and south coast) with plenty of beautiful beaches and harbours, which attract far too many tourists, at least from a local's point-of-view. In addition, it is home to the infamous Exmoor and Dartmoor. Have you ever been to Devon? If so, which areas did you visit and did you enjoy it?
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:39 am

I've been to Devon a couple of times when I was younger during the summer with my family. I can't remeber where we were the first time, but the second time we went to Bude, which was cool. Also been to Cornwall once, to the lizard point I think it was called. There are great beaches down there in the SW!
 
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:42 am

Aha! Bude is actually in Cornwall, but it's not too far from Devon so I'll give you that one for free.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:51 am

Ah apologies for that.
 
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:44 am

 
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:55 am

I've been through Devon and Cornwall with car. Started from London and drove to Exeter, then south and followed the coast all the way to Land's End and St Ives, then across Bodmin Moor and then back to London. Think we stayed about 3 or 4 nights during the trip. I liked it very much! Standing on Land's End watching the huge waves of the Atlantic braking against the cliffs was impressive.

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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:22 pm

I'm somewhat surprised that so few people from this site have visited Devon!
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:40 pm

A study has shown Devon is the best place to live in the UK. It has the highest quality of life concerning factors such as crime, education, transport, pollution etc. Devon has the lowest crime rate in Britain, it's also the least populated part of the country.

The scenery ain't bad either.  Big grin







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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:41 pm

Never visited Devon, but hope to take a flying long-weekend there this spring or summer in a TB-10 (very nice newish 5-seat light aircraft).

I've read flight guides and seen on my VFR maps that Devon, Cornwall and the west country have many lovely grass airfields and some are close to tourist attractions and nice scenery etc..

So if anyone wants to come with me, I've got 3 seats free at the moment.. let me know. Leaving from an airfield just north-east of London and can stop to make a pick-up at just about any London area airport/airfield (not LHR or LCY ok!).

So, Mr. Pe@rson, where should I go? been to any local airfields? are they friendly? What about the local ladies?? I like to sample one or 2 every now and then when I'm away in far flung destinations...  Wink/being sarcastic are they nice?
 
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 9:42 pm

That's very good to hear, Ars! I was hoping to live in (or close to) London and practise there, but I might just move back to Devon and live in (or close to) Exeter and practise from there.  Wink/being sarcastic

Beeen - there's a large variety of options regarding airfields. I guess the main question is where in Devon you wish to visit. Both the North and South Devon offer essentially the same things, like plesant harbours, beaches, lots of countryside, moorland, etc, etc. It's all good.

If you wish to visit the South, perhaps fly into EXT or PLH. But if you wish to visit the North, there's a lovely little grass-stripped airfield in the middle of the countryside (it's in the middle of nowhere!). From what I have seen, it's friendly. It also gets moderately busy on warm summer weekends. The only problem might be its isolated location, although I could get my dad to pick the group up and drop you off - so long as I get a free flight  Wink/being sarcastic :-P. Just kidding. I can't remember its name offland, but it's near Burrington, about 20 miles from Barnstaple. There's also Chivenor, 1 mile from Barnstaple, which would be the most convenient but it's not surrounded by the same lush countryside. There's also a number of small farm strips you can fly into, with prior permission. Plenty of options, the most suitable one being dependent on where in Devon you wish to visit.

If you wanted to visit North Devon, you could hire a car and drive around Exmoor - it's superb - and stop in some remote pubs for a beer and lunch. Very nice indeed. You could also then drive around a variety of harbours and scenic spots and have a good time indeed! If you stay in Barnstaple, there's plenty of pubs and restaurants - and even the odd acceptable club and pub-cum-club.

Oh, and the women aren't bad, either.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:47 pm

Thanks for the info.. Will look it up when I have my maps in front of me. Isn't there another big (maybe ex-military) airfield there which does large airliner overhauls / has an airliner graveyard? Maybe I'm getting confused...

Oh, and the women aren't bad, either.

I'll ask you that again when she's not looking over your shoulder.  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:28 am

Hmm... I don't know about any place which does large airliner overhauls and which has an airliner graveyard. If there was, I would have been there - lots!

"I'll ask you that again when she's not looking over your shoulder.

It's OK - mine comes from Yorkshire. Wise move, I think.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:35 am

One of the effects of the success of up and coming singer Joss Stone, is that the press in the US reported that she comes from 'a small town called Devon'.
 
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:12 am

At least it wasn't called Devonshire, GDB.  Big grin
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:22 pm

Yes, been to Exeter, Paignton and Torquay, and a small place called Dawlish Warren or something? Nice kippers they have there anyway  Big grin
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RE: Ever Been To Devon?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:29 pm

"One of the effects of the success of up and coming singer Joss Stone, is that the press in the US reported that she comes from 'a small town called Devon'."

That's the Americans for you.  Laugh out loud They'd probably say 'He comes from a small village called London'.
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