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Hallsands, the Village that Fell into the Sea

The village that fell into the sea – Devon for £234 pp with Boutique Retreats

Hallsands, once a fishing village with a thriving community, was washed away one stormy night in January 1917. What remains, seen from a viewing platform on high, is not only fascinating but surrounded by what is undoubtedly one of England’s most beautiful sea views.

Start Bay Lookout (sleeps three), nearby, is an interior-designed

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10 Devon cream teas for under £5

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Devonshire cream teas are a must-have for anyone visiting the region and are a regular weekend indulgence for locals. Everyone loves a cream tea almost as much as they do a bargain, which is why Devon Heaven Hampers have produced this article listing 10 tearooms in Devon offering cream teas (with two scones) for under £5. www.devonheavenhampers.co.uk sell Devonshire cream teas by post, as well as

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Boutique Retreats’ new pin boards website for self-catering properties

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Boutique Retreats – a collection of 75 extraordinarily sophisticated self-catering properties across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and the Cotswolds – has launched a freshly-designed website with ‘Look Books’ – pin boards of interior and exterior inspiration to captivate the design-conscious.

 

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Antiques Roadshow at Wiltshire’s Bowood House and Gardens

The first of two Antiques Roadshow programmes filmed at Wiltshire’s Bowood House and Gardens (near Calne, Wiltshire. www.bowood.org) back in the summer will air on BBC1 this coming Sunday 3 January at 8pm. The second programme from Bowood is then scheduled for the following Sunday (10 January).

Treasures being featured in the first one-hour episode will include a collection of glass car mascots, a portrait used for

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From Cornwall to the Caribbean – Top Sailing Destinations

 

Sailing can lead to magnificent discoveries. With most of our planet covered by oceans, sailing gives us the freedom to explore destinations from Cornwall to the Caribbean.

If you fancy wild, rugged scenery and still want to enjoy familiar flavours, Cornwall offers impressive cliffs, golden beaches, and stunning local food.

Meanwhile, sun, white sandy palm-lined beaches and turquoise waters will have you longing to sail toward Caribbean paradise.

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Packpony Routes, Dartmoor Ponies And The 100 Mile Challenge

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On Friday 23rd October 2015, Dru Butterfield of the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, Paul Rendell, moorland guide and Sam Goodwin of ‘Dartmoor Pony and Pack’ with his ponies Billy and Jasmine, completed a real ‘first’ in the UK; a fundraising 100-mile Challenge walking across Dartmoor, one of the toughest environments in the UK. They were celebrating the role of the Dartmoor pony, critical to the livelihood

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Isles of Scilly offering packaged holidays for Germans

In an exciting development promoting overseas tourism on the Isles of Scilly, Urlaub Cornwall the Truro based marketing company, are offering the first packaged holidays for Germans visitors to the islands  ( http://www.urlaubcornwall.de/blog/scilly-islands-packages-6-tage/ ) in partnership with a large German tour operator Thoba Reisen based in Oberammergau. Holidaymakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are Cornwall’s most important inbound tourism market.

Announcing the new venture Niall MacDougall, managing

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Peninsula Rail Task Force’s On Track for South West Rail Network

On Track sets out the vision for the peninsula and the first steps needed to achieve the programme of work, which will improve the network over the next 20 years.

Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, Councillor Andrew Leadbetter said: “We have been campaigning and pressing the Government to deliver a programme of improvement for the South West rail network, creating greater resilience, faster journey times

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Cornwall: Surfing for Beginners

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As the weather begins to heat up and Britons flock to the great outdoors in their thousands, there is no better time – or excuse – to get outside and discover a new sport or hobby. The benefits of finding a new sport to enjoy can make a huge difference to your life.

Getting involved in outdoor activities can have a positive impact on both your mental

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60 Years of Craft-Guild Exhibition at Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey

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2015 is a landmark year – the 60th birthday of Devon Guild of Craftsmen. So this year’s annual summer exhibition of work by Members is a special one. It is not only festive, but also reflects – on local craft heritage and how making is changing.

 

 

From humble origins, the Guild has grown from  a small group of craftspeople who held a yearly show in places round

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