South Devon Lanes

Devon Lanes and the Art of Mindfulness

The lanes are a very special feature of our South Devon landscape. The transition from fast roads to single-tracked lanes is the sign that your holiday has really started!
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The Great Short Break Escape!

This is a great time to take a short break. Prices are lower, beaches are empty, and the logs are piled high ready for an evening snuggled up in front of the woodburner with a good book!

A Favourite Nature Event in September

We have no light pollution here in Dittiscombe valley so our dark skies are dotted with stars, and sometimes we see the Milky Way too. Last night was no exception . . .

Enter the Enchanted Tamar Valley

The National Trust house of Cotehele in the Tamar Valley of Cornwall is set in a tranquil place and it's easy to lose yourself in the gardens and ancient woodland.
Colyton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre - a National Trust gem

Built by the D'Oyly Carte family in the 1920s, this Arts and Crafts house is imbued with the Jazz Age - but step outside and the exotic garden takes centre stage.
Boats at Hallsands beach

Start Bay: Stories Old & New

Ruth took a closer look at the sweeping beaches of Start Bay near Dittiscombe and found a wealth of interesting geological formations; secret wartime stories; piracy; the lost village of Hallsands, and wild weather.

In Pursuit of Spring

At Dittiscombe in South Devon Ruth has been watching the wildlife in the valley as it continues with its daily rituals. There has been plenty of wildlife action, from delightful Thrush songs to a brief visit from some unusual visitors.
Starling sunrise at Dittiscombe

The Twelve Degrees of Christmas

Up early and armed with a camera and trusy dog Kes, Ruth set off in pursuit of some beautiful photos in the valley at Dittiscombe on Christmas Day. First up a starling sunrise to start the beginning of what was to be a perfect day.
Start Bay, South Devon

Welcome to the South Hams

We are lucky enough to live in arguably one of the prettiest…
sunset at Dittiscombe, South Devon

Autumn Wildlife Stories

As predicted in the Spring News, the white flowers on the blackthorn…