Local Places of Interest
Posted by cotojo on September 27, 2007
This pic is of my daughter. She lives with her mum about 1 hours drive away and stays with me every fourth weekend, and for longer periods during the school hoidays. So when she is here she likes to go out and about (as long as the Bank of Dad is open) and we go to many different places
We will drive down alongside the River Teign heading towards Teignmouth and Shaldon and then on towards Dawlish.
At Teignmouth there is a sandbar which stretches out for several hundred yards and the river estuary has to be constantly dredged so that freight carrying ships can navigate the entrance without becoming grounded.
The beach is very popular with locals and tourists and stretches from the river mouth at Teignmouth toward Dawlish. The main London to Penzance railway line runs along the coast and through tunnels connecting the villages.
Teignmouth is also home to one of Britain’s narrowest streets, Stanley Street, although there is a much narrower one in nearby Exeter.
The main London to Penzance railway line, looking from Dawlish toward Exeter, often gets breached by the sea in severe weather and this will frequently close the line. Over the years many parts have had to be replaced and the sea wall has collapsed on numerous ocassions. This causes major disruption to all rail users.
Drive out to the open expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky granite outcrop of Haytor is a long climb up from the narrow winding roads. Once at the top it is great to be able to climb up the rock and see the views around.
This is one such view looking toward Trendlebere. Dartmoor is preserved as a National Park and has many wild ponies as well as sheep grazing. It’s a great place for peace and quiet, rambling in groups, but never on ones own as it is too easy to lose your sense of direction and get lost. There are few houses once on Dartmoor itself.
This is a rocky outcrop, reaching into the sea at Torquay just outside of the harbour. Torquay is also known as The English Riviera and is very popular with tourists. It also hosts many major events such as powerboat racing, the Tall Ships Race and has an annual Bikers Make a Difference show where thousands of bikers from all around the country gather to raise money for various charities.