Thursday, 13 April 2017

Plans for a Road Trip - Sans caravan

This month marks a significant point in time for us, you see, Herself would have put up with me for 25 years (26 if you count the year before when we "lived in sin").

For much of our married life we have spent our holidays in Cornwall and the West Country.  We've also holidayed on Majorca and Fuertaventura many times in addition to dragging the caravan up to the Scottish Highlands as well as down to the French Alps, but we have a thing about the west country!

We honeymooned in Cornwall (my first visit to the county) and stopped in a freezing cold static van just outside Looe.  It was during our honeymoon an a day trip to Lands End that Herself had declared that she wanted to celebrate our 25th at Lands End Hotel.

To celebrate our silver anniversary I have put together an itinerary for a 5 night tour, taking in places that mean a lot to the two of us.  people have remarked and asked "Why only Cornwall for your silver?" to which the reply is simply "Because."

Day 1 sees us travelling from home and staying at the Two Bridges Hotel up on Dartmoor.

We love Dartmoor and have spend many a happy day up there, either walking on the moor or ambling around its villages, having one of the best cream teas ever in a Widdicombe tea room.  We've passed the hotel many times and remarked at how nice it looks.  Trip Advisor gives excellent reviews so I'm looking forward to dinner that night.

Day 2 will see us heading south and just over the Tamar into Cornwall where we are to stop the night at the Portbyhan Hotel on the west side of Looe.

We honeymooned in Looe, and  have an affinity with the place.  We often fondly recall how we were skint after the wedding and had no spending money, sat in the car outside a cash point at midnight waiting for my pay to go in!

We plan to try and find the little sea food restaurant that we dined in on the night after payday for out evening meal.

Day 3 will see us heading north and over Bodmin Moor to the North Cornwall coastal village of Port Isaac, better known as Port wen on the Doc Martin TV series.

We love the village, and it can be like walking around a TV set, even more so when Burt Large can often be seen lurking in shop doorways!

We are staying in the best room they have in The Old School Hotel, perched on the cliff top looking directly over to Doc Martin's house on the opposite side of the harbour.

Day 4 we will be heading to the far south west, and area where we fell that we belong, the Land End Peninsular.  We have two nights booked at the Lands End Hotel perched on a cliff top at the very end of England.

I just hope that the weather is kind and we can enjoy the benefits of the very expensive "Superior Sea View Double."

It will be very strange turning right at the Severn Bridge onto the M5 into the West Country without the caravan in tow.

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