Devon / Dorset / Cornwall - tranquility?
Replies: 31 - Last Post: Jun 11, 2013 7:13 PM Last Post By: oaurvey
Sep 4, 2012 2:33 AM
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Sep 4, 2012 3:21 AM
18It's lovely, Paignton. Not very 'Tranquil' during high season though.
Sep 4, 2012 3:22 AM
Sep 4, 2012 3:34 AM
20Nope - in fact I've never heard of them
Cider is not a favourite of mine. My stomach usually goes cuckoo after a couple.
Funny enough, there are two ciders that didn't effect me like that though....
One was a local brew in Wareham (Dorset) and the other was called (I think) Kent Black.
It was at the Grasshopper in Westerham - once a bikers pub, not nowadays though.... And huge.
We had one each (they only serve it by the wine glass - it's around 9%!!) and I was OK.
On closer inspection it isn't black, but actually a very dark green, like Duckhams 'Formula Q' Oil.
After a couple of Strongbows however.... Forget it ! !
Sep 4, 2012 4:08 AM
21Thanks for the Paignton advise, wont be going for a few weeks hopefully it will be quieter then.
As for beer is Branscombe Vale any good? Butcombe Bitter is one of my favourites..
Sep 4, 2012 4:12 AM
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Sep 10, 2012 11:54 AM
26Do you want hard, or soft?
If you want hard, then my bit of Cornwall is hardest of all - the strip of coast between St Ives and St Just. We live in the teeth of the weather and the thorn trees grow sideways. It's wild country, and a million miles from the seething fleshpots of Newquay and Padstow, right by the Atlantic but not a bucket and spade in sight.
This is what it looks like. This too (that one's literally just half a mile from my place).
The great thing about West Cornwall too, is that you only need to travel about three miles and you're in completely different conditions, on the south coast, where it's all much softer and quieter. And we've got some of the best-looking beaches in the world too.
Sep 10, 2012 12:49 PM
27Great post timdog!
I'm not a million miles from you... but love your area which is so different from the poofy south around Falmouth although we love it here too.
Sep 10, 2012 1:15 PM
Sep 10, 2012 2:46 PM
I actually had to go over to Falmouth this morning, and then on to Coverack. It is a lovely part of the county. Falmouth is far and away the most grown-up, sophisticated sort of town in Cornwall, and I do like the Lizard a lot - it always feels very much out on a limb, and I've always had a particular soft spot for Coverack ever since I went there to stay for two nights in the youth hostel on a primary school trip. It seemed like a long way from Pendeen, I can tell you.
Is all a bit soft though...
Bude to Hartland, Herbie47? Meh... That's not hard; it's some kind of wussy carboniferous metamorphic up there, and all a bit crumbly at the tops. Granite, mister; granite is hard.
That bit is also not Cornish - not just the bit above the border, but the whole Bude area; everying north of the River Ottery in fact. Seriously; have a look at the map and study the placenames - hams and cotts all over the shop and nary a tre, pen or bos in sight. That bit is Cornwall's answer to Wales' Pembrokeshire.
Mind you, I did spend two days last month hacking my way up the Tamar from Launceston to the Source on foot - that was hard, in a different way. Wet, dark and muddy, precious few rights of way, lots of deer, and I had to literally crawl the last quarter mile through the withy thickets on Woolly Moor, only to find that the Tamar actually rises in a cattle trough in a corner of a muddy field...
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