Ok...here we go...
And now read on!
Today, we cruised down the A38 to Buckfastleigh.
We had planned to go further afield...but...
...we have put those plans on the back burner for another time! ;-(
Here we are at, 'The South Devon Railway'.
And here you can board the steam train and enjoy
a rather scenic, thirty minute ride, by the River Dart, to Totnes.
We didn't board the train today but had a wander around the site.
The trip began badly... and I hate to criticise but I certainly wouldn't recommend
having coffee here.
We lost the will to live!
The service was slow; no-one seemed to know where they were queuing
and the only good thing about the cafe, was the wall mural.
I think they could do so much more with this restaurant.
All it needs is someone with an imagination!
In fact, although I enjoyed a potter around the whole site, I truly believe that
someone needs to take this place by the scruff of the neck
and do a whole lot more with it...
bearing in mind that vintage is the flavour! ;-)
It could be fabulous ...but it isn't!
Having said that, there is plenty here to give the children a great
educational trip...if it is planned properly!
I soon put on my teacher's hat and found myself planning such a project!!
There's a small museum on the site...
not very well signposted, in my opinion... as we had to search for it!
Splashes of colour lifted my spirits somewhat!
Sadly, I couldn't spot any vintage railway posters anywhere, apart from
one framed picture of...Cornwall!
I ask you!!! ;-)
Don't get me wrong, it's worth a visit if you do the steam train ride as well...
but, in my opinion, it could be oh so much better!
We had more to do and off we went...onwards to ...
Calling in briefly at the Dartington Cider Press Centre,
we soon found ourselves in the toyshop!!
I wonder why?!;-)
Here is one of us getting into Grandad mode!!
a small box of toys for when Meggy comes visiting!
That done, Mr S fixed his sensible head firmly back on to
his neck and off we drove to...
I love Dartmouth but it is a nightmare to park in the summer!
Of course, if you prefer alternative travel, you can catch the steam train
from Paignton to Kingswear and then get on the lower ferry, across to Dartmouth.
There are two ferries: the higher ferry and the lower ferry.