April 2018 marked three years that Dave and I have been together and to celebrate, we booked a weekend camping in South Devon.
Day 1 – Friday.
After waking up full of excitement, we set off on our adventure just after rush hour and made our way to the first destination: Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a gorgeous harbour town that looks out on rows upon rows of multicoloured houses across the esturary.
After parking up, we stepped in to the streets and made our way to the waterfront for a ‘start of holiday’ drink. Once the drinks had gone down, we meandered back to the car but not before a quick stroll through the Memorial Gardens.
The gardens were full of spring blossom and pretty flowers, it looked lovely.
Soon after, we went on to our home for the weekend. Ilton Farm Campsite is located near Salcombe and has everything you could need. Lush grass pitches, electric hook ups, fantastic views to wake up to and clean – albeit small – facilities. There will also be an under-floor heated amenities block from the start of the peak season this year; which really will make it the perfect campsite!
We pitched up the tent – it’s first outing since Newquay last May! – and fired up the BBQ. Dave is a great cook, especially when it comes to burgers. Therefore, we feasted on these, along with sausages and salad, all washed down with more beer and bubbly. It was the life!
As the evening started to get chilly, we moved our chairs inside, switched on some fairy lights and played a few rounds of Love Letters before turning in.
It was a great way to spend our first day in Devon.
Day 2 – Saturday.
The next morning, we woke early to a very welcome sight: blue skies, dewy grass and sunshine! Having forgotten the bring any gas for the stove, we quickly got ready to go in search of some breakfast in town.
A friend of mine visits Salcombe regularly and her photos always made me envious…now I can see why she loved it so much! It feels quintessentially British but at the same time, almost as if you’re in a foreign country!
We parked on top of the hill and followed the footpath in the town, being greeting by stunning views along the way. The bay was a vast expanse of blue, whilst the town itself was a riot of different pastels. It’s as if it stepped out of a storybook!
It didn’t take long to find somewhere to eat: Sailor V Cafe. This quirky and fun establishment was a fantastic find! The full English’s were super tasty, as were the cappuccinos and smoothies! Light poured in from the window, which also provided a sneak peek at the estuary. It was the best way to fuel up for our day.
The weather was glorious and it felt wonderful to walk around without my jacket – a rarity for spring in the U.K.! We strolled along the winding streets and soon found another watering hole to stop by.
The Kings Arms, located in the middle of the high street, had a lovely, little balcony area overlooking the boats. With the sun shining, we found the prime position to people watch – and pose for photos in my case!
After a short while, we walked to the North Sands Beach and to find The Winking Prawn. Our anniversary was on the Sunday, but we wanted to have a celebratory meal and The Winking Prawn was our no.1 choice. Lucky enough to snag a table outside, we ordered drinks before taking a glance at the menu.
Although pricey, it was utterly worth it! We ordered the Fruit de Mers to share and it was delicious. Especially when washed down with a glasses of beer and Rose wine, made by the restaurant itself.
For dessert, we opted for ice creams to take down on to the beach – you’ve got to when by the seaside, don’t you?! Like with the main, they were both scrumptious and finished off the afternoon in Devon nicely!
After the beach, we headed back to the campsite to have a spruce up and to get a taxi back in to town for some celebratory drinks.
We first found ourself at The Fortesque Inn, an old but cosy pub with amazing service and prices. Having become addicted to Love Letters, we sat and played a few games, whilst chatting and enjoying the happy atmosphere.
A short and misty walk from the pub then took us to the Salcombe Gin Distillery and Bar. This was a ‘must visit’ bar, having both become gin lovers over the past year. The bar looked cool and classy, just as you’d expect! Dave went for a G&T, whereas I ordered the Marmajito Cocktail. Sitting comfortably in old armchairs, with a view across the foggy waters, our drinks went down very nicely.
When the glasses were empty, we nipped back to The Fortesque for another round before getting a taxi back to the campsite.
Words can’t describe what a wonderful day it was. I have completely fallen in love with Salcombe and already can’t wait to visit again!
Day 3 – Sunday.
In the days leading up to our trip, lots of rain had been forecast across the weekend. We’d been very lucky on Saturday but unfortunately, the expected rain came down heavily through Saturday night and on Sunday.
Therefore, we made the decision to come home a day early with the proviso that we’d stop at Torquay en route. If you’ve ever packed up a tent in the rain, you’ll know it’s not much fun! We drove to the next stop on our trip feeling rather damp and a little deflated, but happy to at least be warm and under cover!
Torquay was a typical seaside town in Devon, primarily geared for tourists. The seafront was lined with various trinket shops, themed bars and cafes. In our rush to get the car packed, breakfast had been forgotten and so, we stopped at Jack’s Waterfront American Diner for a spot of brunch – in the form of Devon cream tea, what could better
The next location on our whistle-stop tour of Torquay was the Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium. Both being animal lovers, this was a great choice of where to spend the rest of the morning.
We were greeted by various tanks, enclosures and a whole host of different animals as we walked through. Our favourite section had to be the outdoor area, with the Penguins and Inca Terns.
This Tern was particularly inquistive…or maybe he simply thought we were carrying food!
The whole place was great and we both thoroughly enjoyed the time there.
Another of our favourites had to be the South American Fur Seals. The main reason for this was because they loved to play with the visitors at the underwater viewing area! They would chase and try to catch the paper fish that were provided, as well as gloves; it was great fun!
The Living Coasts’ conservation and education efforts were also to be commended. Especially with how aware the country is becoming with regards to plastics and recycling! It’d definitely be a brilliant place to take children, so they can learn more about the environmental concerns we’re currently facing. For more information on what the Living Coasts do, please click here.
Sunday morning was lovely – if not wet! – and although we weren’t quite ready to come home, we were lucky to miss the weather that stayed around all afternoon and in to the night.
Our weekend in Devon was a wonderful one and we had a lovely time celebrating three years together. Here’s to many, many more!
P I N F O R L A T E R . . .