Day Trip to Devon

On Sunday we made the most of the last of the September sunshine and took ourselves off to the seaside for the day.

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That’s the great thing about living in Somerset, the stunning beaches of Devon and Dorset are only a couple of hours away. One of our favourite seaside spots is the vast sandy beach at Woolacombe in North Devon, which is where we chose to go on Sunday.

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As soon as we arrived, we set up camp, windbreak and all, on the beach. It was such a lovely warm day, it felt more like mid-summer than late September. After a picnic lunch, I spent most of the afternoon switching between reading in the sunshine to exploring the rock pools and paddling in the shallows – only breaking the pattern to make the trip to buy a Mr. Whippy!

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Feeling windswept, sandy and sun-kissed we dismantled our camp as the tide began to quickly draw in. On our way home we stopped off at the small harbour town of Ilfracombe. It’s quite a surreal little town that feels very stuck in the past and under the shadow of Damien Hirst’s gigantic and rather controversial statue, Verity.

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Described as a modern allegory of truth and justice, the statue standing at 65 feet, depicts a pregnant woman. One half reveals her anatomy, whilst she holds the scales of justice in one hand, a sword aloft in the other and stands on a pile of books. Whatever Hirst might be trying to say, I personally admire it’s powerful aesthetic and symbolism. It certainly provides a unique point of interest to what otherwise is a slightly run-down, old fashioned (and not in a quaint way) seaside town.

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An afternoon by the coast was the perfect way to unwind after a stressful few days and press the reset button for the week ahead. Fingers crossed this Indian summer is here to last!


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