As we left Cornwall we made a few stops. The first was to Rick Stein world, picturesque Padstow. We seemed to be awake before most of its inhabitants as the streets were clear and the only sound you could hear were sea gulls.
We then drove around the coast to Rock so Marcus could head to the Doombar brewery. Due to the drinks meteoric rise in popularity they are no longer able to run tours; instead you’re able to do tasting sessions, see the teeny tiny ‘visitor centre’ and of course buy from the shop! Marcus left a happy man!
We travelled north towards Bude where we stopped for lunch – another plough mans for Marcus (Molly was uninterested!) and sausage and mash for me.
We’re now in our third Air bnb ‘Heavitree Cottage’ in Pilton, Barnstaple. What a gorgeous place with very kind hosts! https://airbnb.com/rooms/6344298?s=8&user_id=67731914&ref_device_id=a1f914b33fff58d766462b3833163ea110ff7e10. I’m hoping to officially move in and perhaps they’ll adopt me?!
Barnstaple is a lot bigger than we expected. We drove north towards Croyde and Woolacombe; Marcus vaguely remembers coming to Woolacombe as a child – beautiful place with the UK’s best beach as voted by Trip Advisor users.
Our reason for coming to Barnastaple was to cycle the Tarka Trail. The process of picking up our bikes couldn’t have been simpler and surprisingly there was no Molly meltdown over wearing a helmet and sitting in her ‘big girls’ seat. Marcus rode with Molls and I carried the stuff. We managed to cycle 12 miles!! I’m absolutely shocked and surprised with how well we did as we are far from bike enthusiasts! We chose the southern route and passed through Fremington, eventually stopping in Instow for a well needed rest and lunch. There was also an award winning grocers in the town so we picked up supplies for dinner. The cycle back was tough as the wind was against us but we made it back all in one piece, proud and exhausted!