What is Leaf Land in Exeter?

Leaf land is an area of deciduous woodland on the river island on the Exe that is adjacent to the Riverside Valley Park. If you get the opportunity to walk the Exe on a warm, dry day why not head past the beautiful Trews Weir and just keep on walking.  You will pass the fabulous…

Belle Isle Park, Exeter. An urban escape.

For me, Exeter is a true garden city, with the reassuring calm of rolling green hills visible from even the most opulent and commercial city centre vantage points. The agrarian, the wild and the open are never far away, with the urban sprawl faithfully held back by the County Council, Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon Gardens…

Slumbering steam train giants at Paignton Station, Devon

Slumbering giants at Paignton Station, Devon. One of the best things about passing through Paignton (other than watching the marvellous Oystercatchers at Preston)  is the opportunity to pause awhile and take in the steam trains and carriages of the Dartmouth Steam Railway which roommates with the local British Rail station. These stately engines, momentarily retired…

Why we need a Richard Vobes in Devon

I am probably old enough to have enjoyed his CITV show Snug and Cozi on more than one occasion. But Richard Vobes of Worthing, West Sussex, AKA The Bald Explorer is distinguishing himself as one of the UK’s leading vloggers about all things landscape, heritage, and nature. If you have not already encountered his engaging…