Sidmouth & Devon Cream Tea – Steve
After a busy Interchange at Thurrock services we departed and made our way round to Beaconsfield to collect our full compliment of passengers.
So with my full compliment on board, I introduced myself formerly, told my clients to follow me and we were on our way. Whilst giving my safety speech, I thought of my route to take and headed down the M3 to Rownhams services for a lunch stop.
On departing I then continued along the A31 and A35, a very pleasant drive avoiding the motorways.
We arrived in Sidmouth at four o clock and were faced with this stunning view.
On wakening up this morning at five o clock I went for a walk on the esplanade where our hotel The Royal York and Faulkner was situated.
It was so peaceful as the sun rose and the seagulls still were still sleeping.
Our excursion today was taking us to Dartmouth for a cruise and Totnes for afternoon tea.
On arrival in Dartmouth the sun was shining and my clients boarded their boat for a cruise down the River Dart to view Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles, Sir Walter Raleigh’s boat house, and the estate of Agatha Christie. All clients enjoyed the cruise and on return had free time to have some lunch.
Today our excursion took us to The Abbotsbury Gardens and the picturesque village of Abbotsbury for an afternoon Devon cream tea.
The journey to the Gardens took us along bypassing the historic market town of Dorchester. Then we joined the scenic coastal route to Weymouth and Abbotsbury. Along the route we stopped for a photo at the view point to view the Jurassic Coast, the 95 mile stretch of rocks cliffs and fossils.
The view to Weymouth, Portland and Chessil beach was very impressive.
The gardens were very nice and the visit was enjoyed by all my clients. We then made our way to the village for our afternoon Devon cream tea.
The old schoolhouse tea rooms gave us a very warm and friendly welcome and provided us with two freshly made scones with jam and cream, and the attentiveness of the staff was fantastic always making sure everything was ok and topping up the teapots. Enjoyed by all we returned to Sidmouth.
Today was a free day for my clients to explore Sidmouth at their own leisure, so I set my clients a challenge – to find the Loch Ness monster. I think they thought I was crazy but I’m not, in my research I discovered that there is a sculpture of the monster in Sidmouth, and believe it or not clients actually went looking.
The unfortunate thing was well Nessie was no where to be seen!!..
The weather was lovely and in my own exploration of Sidmouth I met some of my clients enjoying their day, the area and off course chips and ice cream.
In the afternoon there was a bird of prey display on the seafront, which was very impressive to watch.
Myself and my clients found Sidmouth a lovely resort with plenty to do and plenty to see. The hotel was in an excellent location making it a lovely holiday with good food and clean comfortable rooms.
Well this was the last night of the tour and time to retire before our journey home, but not before catching this lovely photo.
Steve Mc Coll