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Images of Devon & Cornwall

A selection of images from some of my favourite places in and around Devon and Cornwall (plus some adjoining areas of Dorset & Somerset) in the United Kingdom. Over the years I've used a variety of cameras ranging from SLRs to smartphones.

THINKING OF VISITING?
The counties of Devon and Cornwall are at the far South Western corner of the UK. They are richly diverse in terms of landforms including granite, red sandstone, yellow sandstone, greensands/limestones, chalk, slates and clays, and strongly folded rocks from old subduction zones when the rocks of the area were in a smilar place on the globe to what Madagascar occupies today, and all of these appear either along the two coasts or at places inland. So you've kind of got the 'whole world' in one little 150-mile long peninsula which rises to 2000ft in the middle. This incredible diversity is what helps make Devon & Cornwall so interesting and popular as a holiday destination. Then there is all the history based on the sea and the ways in which it was used to transport tin and other minerals plus agricultural products before the advent of decent roads, so our little seaside ports have their own little histories to tell, and as much has been conserved they are wonderful places to visit, and some (eg. Clovelly in North Devon)are still only accessible on foot. Many visitors enjoy seeing our villages with their thatched cottages and barns with walls made out of cob, and these are increasingly rare as they're difficult and expensive to maintain.
The 21st Century face of Devon and Cornwall however is much like anywhere else with the bigger cities of Plymouth and Exeter with about 250,000 and 100,000 people respectively having all the usual high street stores. The busy tourist spots like Torbay and Newquay swell to more than five times their winter population in the Summer season, yet they still retain much of their charm.
GETTING HERE BY CAR
The road network is actually quite good with links from London via the Motorway network (M4 to Bristol and then M5 south to Exeter) and if you'd prefer a nicer scenic route then take the M3 and turn off onto the A303 which passes by Stonehenge and joins the A30 just before the Blackdown Hills. The A30 which then runs all the way to Penzance down the spine of the peninsula is now dual-carriageway for 90% of its length from Honiton past Exeter to tip of Cornwall. From Exeter the A38 is dualled all the way to Plymouth and partially so beyond to where it meets up with the A30 near Bodmin. Meanwhile along the Northern coast there's the A39 which is a standard two-way road that takes you via Exmoor, Barnstaple and Bude through some nice interesting countryside and on to many popular hoiday destinations. The main roads only get badly congested on the Fridays and Saturday mornings in the first two weeks of the school summer holidays, and also on Bank Holiday weekends.
BY AIR? You can fly in to Exeter or Newquay on the budget airlines. The Channel islands (100 miles south) make a nice place to visit too. You might also like to visit the Scilly isles which are about 25 miles off Lands End. (Beautiful scenery of a submerged landscape.) You can go by boat, in Season, from Penzance or plane. And then there's Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel to vist by boat from Bideford or Ilfracombe.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit for the scenery is in early-mid May when the bluebells, primroses and May bushes are out and many of the bigger trees are still in flower. Days at this time of year will be very long with the sun above the horizon from 5am to after 9pm and good twilight until well after 11pm. It's pretty in June too when the reds of the foxgloves makes a nice contrast against the blues of the sea, and then in late July and early August when the tall Rosebay Willowherb puts a similar contrast on the artistic photographer's palate.
The heat of any summer is usally gone by the end of the third week of August, but early September and October can be nice with an "Indian Summer". Autumn can be less predictable and it's very rare to get 'New England's' intense colours, not just because the species of the trees are different, but because the weather often stays too mild and then all the leaves get blown down by fierce gales in late October and early November. However the soft more directional September/October light can make for lovely landscape shooting conditions and the sun is still setting around about 7pm even at the end of September.
CLIMATE & CLOTHES TO BRING:
What clothes to bring with you? Layers: several thin ones with a waterproof outer - that's the best advice I can give to visitors from overseas. We can sometimes go through all 4 seasons in a single day and there is no wetter or drier season for our 40-60" of rainfall.
Good fine summer weather depends entirely upon the position of the Jet Stream in any particular year. One year it will loop too far South keeping the Atlantic depressions and all their rain coming in one after the other, another year it might allow a High Pressure cell to spread up and outwards from the Continent forcing all those storms to steer clear of us and head up towards Iceland. Very, very rarely we might get 100F (38C) and equally rarely we might get -18C (about 5-10F). Blizzards are equally rare - maybe a bad one every 20 years. But the grass grows most of the year around the coast indicating that its seldom colder than 50F (10C), and that's entirely thanks to the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean transferring its heat northwards. South West England is actually at the latitude of Labrador, yet gets the climate of 1,000 miles further south thanks to this particular ocean current. It keeps us green. In fact the emerald greenness of this part of the world often surprises visitors...

** There are individual place galleries on the last page.

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Copyright John Farrar. 2002-2022
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Torquay Harbour December
Torquay Harbour December
Torquay Harbour Bridge
Torquay Harbour Bridge
Torquay Harbour at  Night 3
Torquay Harbour at Night 3
November Sunset over Okehampton
November Sunset over Okehampton
Fall in the Park 2
Fall in the Park 2
Towards The Moor
Towards The Moor
Lundy Island from the mainland
Lundy Island from the mainland
St. Catherine's Tor: Atlantic Coast of North Devon
St. Catherine's Tor: Atlantic Coast of North Devon
Rocks at Hartland Quay
Rocks at Hartland Quay
Spekes Mill Mouth
Spekes Mill Mouth
GoinHome.jpg
GoinHome.jpg
Hartland Quay and Lundy Island
Hartland Quay and Lundy Island
Old Decomp Chambers at Fort Bovisand
Old Decomp Chambers at Fort Bovisand
Fort Bovisand
Fort Bovisand
Duck Pool Valley
Duck Pool Valley
North Cornwall Coastal Path
North Cornwall Coastal Path
Waterfall at Welcombe Mouth
Waterfall at Welcombe Mouth
Atlantic Coast at Welcombe Mouth
Atlantic Coast at Welcombe Mouth
In Bluebell  Wood2
In Bluebell Wood2
Vixen Tor 2
Vixen Tor 2
The Wave
The Wave
Wave Breaking
Wave Breaking
Atlantic Coast Near Bude
Atlantic Coast Near Bude
Old Tintagel Post Office House
Old Tintagel Post Office House
Autumn Woods Abbeyford
Autumn Woods Abbeyford
Roadford Lake from Bird Hide
Roadford Lake from Bird Hide
Castle Ruins  - top of the Keep
Castle Ruins - top of the Keep
Rowan Berries
Rowan Berries
Roadford Lake Inlet
Roadford Lake Inlet
Bude Canal
Bude Canal
Beyond The Western Sea
Beyond The Western Sea
Waterwheel at Finch Foundry
Waterwheel at Finch Foundry
Granite Tors
Granite Tors
Green Beech Forest
Green Beech Forest
Seascape at Trebarwith
Seascape at Trebarwith
On the Edge - Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall.
On the Edge - Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall.
Eden Project - Med. Biome
Eden Project - Med. Biome
Okehampton Castle 4
Okehampton Castle 4
Okehampton Castle 2
Okehampton Castle 2
Exeter Cathedral Close 2
Exeter Cathedral Close 2
Daffodil log
Daffodil log
Is this an Ent?
Is this an Ent?
Breaker
Breaker
surf collapsing on the shore
surf collapsing on the shore
Green and Pleasant
Green and Pleasant
Sea Mist at Burgh Island
Sea Mist at Burgh Island
Bigbury sea tractor through the pub window
Bigbury sea tractor through the pub window
Abandoned
Abandoned
View from the Cycle Path near Okehampton
View from the Cycle Path near Okehampton
Bluebell Wood Meldon
Bluebell Wood Meldon
Cornish Tin Mine
Cornish Tin Mine
Tin Mine chimney framed
Tin Mine chimney framed
Surfhound
Surfhound
Lizard Point
Lizard Point
Lizard Point Lifeboat Station
Lizard Point Lifeboat Station
Another view of Lizard lifeboat station
Another view of Lizard lifeboat station
Mullion Harbour quay
Mullion Harbour quay
Porthleven
Porthleven
Wood Fungi
Wood Fungi
Westward Ho! beach wreck
Westward Ho! beach wreck
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