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.
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
:-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.
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