Category Archives: Scenic routes near the lodges

Photos and images of the local area Saunton Croyde and Wolacombe beaches near to the Luxury Gallery Lodges modeled on a luxury hotel suite.

Walks at Crow Point

If you stay at the Gallery Lodges Braunton, then don’t forget your bikes and take this epic evening bike ride out to Crow Point from the Lodges down beautiful ancient lanes, dirt tracks, beaches and a private toll road.
Bays, beaches, inlets, boats,swans, and bags of wild flowers and wildlife are in abundance here alongside views over to Appledore and Bideford and up to Barnstaple.
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
You can hire bikes in Braunton if you forget them or use the nearby car parks to walk this stunning coastal walk. You can also do this walk directly from the Lodges also if you really want to stretch your legs by cutting through the ancient and rare Great Field Habitat on the edges of the Braunton Biosphere a UNESCO Site.
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges lie on the edges of this rare habitat of the Braunton UNESCO biospehere and look over a Marshland SSSI reserve and another SSSI of ancient woodland. (SSSI is a site of special scientific interest for its unspoilt flowers and natural habitats.).
You can book the Gallery Lodges at www.thegallerylodges.co.uk and visit the Art gallery of Pete Caswell the owner, www.petecaswell.co.uk.

A Perfect Day at the Gallery Lodges

Perfect day out at the Gallery Lodges Braunton. Its so sunny and beautiful here.

The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands

The sea is warming up, surf is on the way and the sun seems to keep on shining. Just 2 minutes drive up the road from the Lodges we took one of our favourite walks. Past the stunning historic house and gardens through carpets of bue bells and wild garlic.

The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands

Over to look at Croyde Bay and then back through the trees down to Saunton Beach for a coffee and a cake and just squeezed in a pasty at the beach cafe. Rested and refreshed we headed back through the dunes to collect the car. Now you would think we couldn’t eat any more and life just couldn’t get better.

View over Croyde Bay
View over Croyde Bay.

But then we took a short trip round the headland to Down End Car Park and took home a Sri Lankan curry Tambapanni (See food Guide) from the Saturday Take out van and ate it on the Headland at Croyde.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
View over Saunton Sands Beach and Hotel

If you are going to stay at the Lodges, just remember the food vans at Croyde Down End Car Park. The sign by the entrance is updated with the van schedule this season.

Down through the woods to Saunton sands
Down through the woods to Saunton sands

Saturday is the Sri Lankan Curry and its absolutely wonderful, well cooked and hits the spot every time.

Booking for the Lodges at www.thegallerylodges.co.uk or pm me.

Back through the dunes Path to Saunton
Back through the dunes Path to Saunton

If you want to know where this stunning walk in you will have to visit ud at the Lodges or at the art studio www.petecaswell.co.uk

Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.
Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.

Sri Lankan Curry at the Beach and Sunset Walk to Morte Point.

Yum – Probably the coolest & tastiest day out you can have.

Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe

Opens around 5pm to 7.30pm and serves up the most amazing Sri Lankan curry you will ever have in the UK.

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Sit on the beach to eat a delicately and fragrantly spiced curry while watching the setting sun and lapping waves.

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Meat or Veggie options, served from the beach hut on Barricane beach. Take a bottle of wine and your sunnies.

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Then top it all off with a stunning walk round Morte Point.

WP_20160522_058About a 20 min drive from the www.thegallerylodges.co.uk to Woolacombe.
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Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe

This place is my favourite curry stop in the UK and beats all the others hands down, providing the weather is ok though.

Combe Martin & Hangmans Walk

 

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk, Short cut back to the village

One of my favourite mornings is to get up and set off up to Combe Martin about a 20 minute drive away.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Then take what I consider is the best breakfast in the world.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk, looking over Wild Pear Beach

Its a little unimposing cafe near the beach called the Harbour Deli, on the left as you walk down the High Street to the beach.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

A cooked breakfast and a coffee here costs about £5 and it is always perfect and great value.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Then after a great breakfast stock up on all the homemade cakes which I usually spend all morning drooling over.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

They do a bread pudding which will feed an army and a selection of traditional home bakes your gran would be proud of.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Having consumed all these calories there is a perfect hill opposite to walk them off. Head up to Hangman’s peak and then back through a beautiful little stream back to the village, a couple of hours should do it.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

A detour off to Wild Pear Beach (Can be steep a tricky at the bottom where the steps sometimes wash away – be careful) is an added bonus and a chance to eat all those cakes. Check out the maps in the Lodges for directions.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk. Looking over Wild Pear Beach and The Bristol Chanel
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk. Looking over Wild Pear Beach and The Bristol Chanel

If you visit in July August you will get the treat of your life with the hills resplendent in the most beautiful purple heather and Gauze profusions of colour.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Simply magic when set against the jaw dropping cliffs plunging into the Bristol Channel and the chugging white clouds. Can’t beat it. And that’s the breakfast…

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Lynton & Lynmouth North Devon

Lynton and Lymouth in North Devon is one of the most stunning coastal trips you can take from the Gallery Lodges.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Its about a 40 minute drive and is best suited to non beach days.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

The advantage of this area and the closer Hunters Inn is they offer a variety of walks sheltered from the South Westerly Winds and rain.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet. This is the beach at Lymouth which is a great but tricky alternative on big mushy surf days giving a nice clean break, but it has to be a big swell to get round here.

At Lynton the walk up to Watersmeet where there is a National Trust Cafe is in a steep wooded valley and the walk along the river is perfect on any day.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

On wet and windy days this can provide the perfect escape from the weather and give you a superb walk for you money, and you may barely notice the weather above with the stunning sculpted oaks and crystal clear waters rushing by.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

You can approach this walk from the car park at the bottom at Lymounth or at the National Trust car park at the top which gives a shorter walk.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Combine this walk with a walk through the Valley of the Rocks at Lynton and a drive from Lynton through the valley of the rocks along the coast road to Hunters Inn and Combe Martin.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Stunning but narrow so avoid with large cars or if you can’t reverse or in very precious cars.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

This walk is also great on a sunny day as well and the harbour is a real treat to look round.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Other great walks are Hunters Inn where you can walk to the beach at the end of the river about 3 mile return and fairly sheltered. Combe Martin up to Hangman and back, great views.

Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley to Lynton Cycle ride

Probably one of the most stunning coastal cycle rides in England. You can start the ride at the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley in Exmoor National Park.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

You can extend this ride by starting at Combe Martin, Ilfracombe or for really long ride from The Gallery Lodges at Braunton.

Starting at The Hunters Inn you may need a stiff drink to tackle the steep climb out of the valley. To avoid this park at the parking areas nearer to Lynton.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

Once you have climbed the hill through the woods you get great views across the hill tops to the coast

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. Through the woods obn the way down to Woody Bay.

Soon you reach the coast and the stunning vistas begin of the amazing North Coast.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. Road really hugs the coast above Woody Bay.

Woody bay is a fun detour if it s hot for a swim, or hang on for Lee Bay further on.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. If like me you tread with caution when it comes to planning trips round cafes, I rang ahead to check it was still open in Sept and arrived in full anticipation drooling only to find it was shut. Did I fall off my bike in shock or not?

The descent down to Lee Bay near Lynton (not the one near Wolacombe which is a great ride also) is a real treat and if like me the main focus on the trip is a great cafe don’t rely on the beautiful cafe at Lee Bay. They have quite a short season. But don’t worry there is a more reliable cafe just a mile up the next hill with a lovely garden with large portions of pudding pies.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton. Climb up to Valley of the rocks towards Lynton

Once down in Lee Bay climb up through the Valley of the Rocks past the Lee Abbey Christian retreat, probably the most scenic place to try your hand at some religious pursuits.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Looking back down Valley of the Rocks to Lee Bay. Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

At Lynton check out the historic cliff railway and if you need to stretch your legs further descend the steep road into Lynmouth.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Cliff Railway at Lynton. Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton.

 

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton

The way back is a real treat as from Woody Bay you take the old Victorian Carriageway which hugs the cliffs and bluffs all the way back to the pub at Heddon Valley.

Heddon Valley Hunter's Inn to Lynton
Exotic views from the cliffs. Heddon Valley Hunter’s Inn to Lynton
Start of the Victorian Carriageway
Start of the Victorian Carriageway

From Heddon Valley there is also the stunning short walk out to Heddon’s Mouth Cove.

 

 

 

Stunning route back along this amazing trail. For off road bikes this section. Road bikes head back the same way you came.
Stunning route back along this amazing trail. For off road bikes this section is a dream, almost completely flat with amazing views across to South Wales. Road bikes head back the same way you came.
Descent down to the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley.
Descent down to the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley a bit stoney.
The final Goal, Back to the Hunters Inn for a beer.
The final Goal, Back to the Hunters Inn for a beer or two.

If you get it all right you get your rewards right here at the splendor of the Victorian Era Hunters Inn, which together with the Victorian Carriageway and Woody Bay formed the start of a very ambitious Victorian Holiday Resort to rival Ilfracombe.

Woolacombe to Putsborough Cycle Ride from The Gallery Lodges

Cycle ride starts at The Gallery Lodges and climbs over the tops through the back lanes into the views open up over the ocean.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Descent into Woolacombe

Then the stunning drop down into Woolacombe. High speed and great fun but be careful. Then stop for a tea in Woolacombe or head back to Putsborough.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. View across the dunes to Putsborough

Extensions to this ride, from Woolacombe could go further North up to Mortehoe, Lee Bay, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and back via Mullacott Cross then taking the long downhill all the way back to Braunton. Feeling fit then follow the coast road on the North Coast right up to Lynton, what a stunner, but a lot of ups and downs and a long way.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Looking back to Woolacombe along the old road which was meant to link Woolacombe and Putsborough but never got complete.

You can just about do this trail on a road bike but needs care and less speed. Stone trail pictured here, you need to go on the edge to avoid the bumpiest stones.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Narrow smooth trail to Putsborough.

Heading up towards Putsborough.Trail gets a bit narrower here. After heavy rain could be tricky on your road bike, but I’ve done it. Worth it for the views.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Can be tiny bit of mud here. Lovely wind swept trees.

 

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes. Nearly there.

Hang around at the beach cafe for the inevitable sunset at Putsborough. Paintings of these Putsborough sunsets at www.petecaswell.co.uk

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes

If you come on another day it might look like this.

Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes
Putsborough to Woolacombe cycle ride at back of dunes

You could come back with your surf board and surf this magical beach the next day. Avoid bank holidays and busy weekends as the traffic can be a killer on the narrow lane access.

Putsborough surfing
Putsborough surfing

See if you can find this photo in the paintings below.

Take a look at all the paintings by Pete Caswell of this route by Pete Caswell on www.petecaswell.co.uk

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for saleWoolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for saleWoolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

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Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

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Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale
Woolacombe and Putsborough paintings for sale

 

See more paintings of Putsborough and Woolacombe at www.petecaswell.co.uk

Epic Skiing in North Devon

As Autumn is here and winter is approaching you can get your first taste of the snow and a sneaky early season ski and snowboard at the Gallery Lodges in North Devon.

Tignes Val D'Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale
Tignes Val D’Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale

4 hours drive from London, pistes right inside the door and epic powder conditions on tap every day with bright sunny conditions. Sounds too good to be true?

Tignes Val D'Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale
Tignes Val D’Isere skiing snowboarding painting for sale

But it really is check it out in the latest article by Pete caswell on skiing in North Devon
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Meribel Courchevel skiing snowboarding painting for sale
Meribel Courchevel skiing snowboarding painting for sale

You can buy these beautiful skiing and snowboarding paintings and prints from www.petecaswell.co.uk

skiing and snowboarding paintings for sale
Wasted away waiting for the snow?

Walk from Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde via Down End

There are a few places to start this walk. Park at – Saunton Sands, below Saunton Sands Hotel or Croyde to make it a loop and cut back over the hill inbetween Croyde and Braunton.

As its cheaper to park at Croyde than Saunton sands, start at Down End car park, on way to Croyde.

Views over Croyde Beach at the start.

Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach
Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde Walk via Down End
Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Start of the walk, heading to Down End along the coastal path.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Beautiful little inlets.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Views at Down End into the sea.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Great Bench at Down End.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Down End View from the bench – just great.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Looking back at the surf wistfully wishing you had a board with you.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Views out across Saunton Beach from the path.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Saunton sands beach, view from above Saunton Sands Hotel. A beach of great character and contrast with ever changing moods, light and colours.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

View on the way back from Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde.

Don’t miss the start of the walk back from the Saunton Side, its opposite Saunton Sands Hotel.

You can call in at Saunton Sands Hotel for food and drinks or try the cafes below the Hotel for cheaper refreshments.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Views back over to Croyde from Hill top.

Cafe back at Down End Car Park and Croyde.

Croyde Headland Walk to Baggy Point from The Gallery Lodges

You can do a long walk round Baggy point starting at the Gallery Lodges, but it is a long one, involving the Coastal Path – Braunton Burrows, Saunton Beach, Down End Headland and Croyde Beach. Best to drive to the National Trust Car Park at the far side of Croyde and start there. Free maps in the Gallery Lodges of the local walks.

The path to the headland, Baggy point.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

 

    Don’t look down, its a long way.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

 

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

2 cafes at the start of the walk and one at Putsborough to keep you fueled.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Short Option, follow the headland path and then loop back on the slightly higher path on the Croyde side of the bay.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

 

Longer Option.  From the headland pick up the path to Putsborough and then loop back to Croyde using the paths over the top of the hill.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Views back to Croyde bay on way to Putsborough

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Heading towards Putsborough.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Looking up to Woolacombe from above Putsborough. Dilema, do you drop down into Puts for the cafe or climb the headland to head back to the cafes of Croyde??

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

View of Croyde Headland on the way back to Croyde.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Nearly back in Croyde.