Cheddar Gorge and Dyrham Park

Last day so after saying goodbye to the lodge, I headed off to visit Cheddar Gorge.

Gough's Cave

First stop at the Gorge was Gough’s cave where there are lots of very impressive formations to view.

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Dartmouth Castle and Brixham

Started with a trip to Dartmouth Castle – my SatNav decided I needed an unnecessary trip on the car ferry across the the River Dart.

Dartmouth Lower Ferry

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Lydford Gorge and Finch Foundry

For my mini-break, chose a lodge at the edge of Dartmoor, just a little north of Newton Abbot. As it was a very late booking, I got a great price on a huge three bedroom lodge on the side on a valley – it was very luxurious with high quality fixtures and fittings.

I started the day at Lydford Gorge, on the north east side of Dartmoor – I last visited it 5 years ago and then it was quite an overcast day, so it was great to have sunny weather for this visit.

I started at the visitor’s centre and walked along the one side to the other end of the gorge. This undulating path runs along the top of the gorge with a steep drop to one side. It is very wooded and there are lots of steep climbs to tackle.

Lydford Gorge

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Devon Via Leeds and Longleat

I had a few days holiday remaining so I booked a long weekend in Devon. Not wishing to waste any of the valuable time off, and to minimise the car miles, I decided that I would start on the Thursday evening and stay in a hotel for the first night.

On Thursday I happened to have a meeting in Leeds that I had to attend so I drove from my home in Sussex to Leeds (5 hours), attended the meeting and then drove down to a hotel in Radstock, Somerset. (5 hours). This left me in the perfect position to start my Holiday on Friday – just a few miles from Longleat.

Longleat

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