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May 1, 2015 - Bath to Exeter

Bath to Exeter covers the counties of Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. About a three hour journey through green countryside with hedges and stone walls in the fields - some showers today. Arrived at Exeter late afternoon, our accommodation for four nights at the Jury's Inn Hotel, Western Way. Our first taste of ninety plus people collecting bags and room keys/cards with room access via two lifts and/or stairs.

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Kupsch-Smith-Travels

May 1, 2014 - Exeter

Just when you think you have seen it all up pops something new. In this case something old but new to us. In the town of Bath we visited the old Roman Baths. The hot springs of Bath have attracted visitors from prehistoric times but the Romans in the first century built bathes around the springs and a temple dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva. It is a wonder. The main, lead-lined bath after 2000 years does not leak. The self-guided tour of the baths was enlightening with head phones and holographs. So much to see, so much to assimilate....

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Sally & Hugh Travel

Jul 5, 2013 - Lost!

After walking up and down the hill to and from the city and around the quay for two hours it was time to head back across the river to my accommodation. Which should have been a twenty minute brisk walk. !!! there are two identical bridges. (from the bottom. THe girders at the top are blue iron identical patterns) I thought I may have crossed the wrong one but a check with a young man, after I'd walked about 10 minutes, said I was on the right road (the name of my road I knew, but not the road to get onto my road!) SO on I walked,...

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Jul 4, 2013 - The old city and underground again

There are a few places here that Id love to see but didn't. found the Guild Hall-now a shopping centre. Needed to be with a guide to go in to the into the meeting room which is still intact. Ditto for another place that looked interesting. The city provides free guides, but they have different tours each day. SO I missed these two. But I did see the Cathedral, though not up the tower! There was a tour that day, usually, but cancelled today! Built by the Normans (the tower section, and added on later, the Gothic section, covered in...

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Jul 4, 2013 - the wool trade

I would like to go back to Exeter. But if I lived here it would be on the quay, all fantastically done up. new buildings look like old warehouses. I did get a tour here. And had a little trip up the canal. Exeter was the centre of the wool trade until steam engines meant large scale cloth manufacturing was possible. With wool coming from the colonies to Liverpool, Leeds took over from Exeter. Exeters first advantage had been availability of wool; more in the southern part of England and the closeness of France, Spain, Holland to export...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Exeter Roman walls

When you learn something you wonder how come you didn't twig to something so obvious before. There is about 70% of the Roman walls of Exeter still there. I had always thought that just meant that walls hadnt hadn't been knocked down!! Try the other way around. Because of other historical facts, the walls were frequently repaired and maintained. So first the Romans came around AD 50 and built their fort, and over time, enlarged it; made it higher and maintained it. Then in the early 400's the Romans left. But the locals were still there...

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Oct 5, 2012 - Where does my family come from

After five weeks in London I realised that there was only three weeks until I left the UK for the forseeable future and finally got my butt into gear. I headed to Exeter as some of my family origins are based in Devon and Cornwall which was as good as excuse as any for a road trip around the south-west. I spent at day with the lovely people at the Devon Family History Society Library where they shared their wealth of knowledge about the local area. The next day I got to pick up my little ford focus which would be the gateway to my...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Jul 13, 2012 - Devon

We headed to Devon on Wednesday morning, and found a campsite, Kennford Park (EX6 7YN) at Splatford Split. We got settled in then headed into Exeter by bus intending to visit the famed cathedral. Would you believe it, for the first time in 30 years, they have restricted access due to a flower show for the Queen’s Jubilee! We wandered around the outside in Cathedral Close then around the central city before catching the bus back to camp. [Sue] I shouldn't have laughed at the name of this place. On walking from the bus I fell "splat" face...

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Apr 5, 2012 - Killerton House and a little bit of North America

The weather was still not very good so we decided to do another National Trust Estate. This time we visited Killerton House. Killerton was the home of the Aclands, an important Devon family for 350 years and who owned significant parcels of land in the county. The house which was built in 1778-9 as a temporary residence for the then Sir Thomas Aclands, 7th Baronet. He had decided to move the family seat from nearby Columb John to Killerton. He had commissioned a new mansion to be built at the top of Dolbury Hill but due to a fall out with...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Tue 6 - To Exeter and back

Let’s go see what’s in Exeter Not much really. As our hosts had explained, Exeter was badly (or perhaps well) bombed during the war and therefore has little of the ancient architecture we have gotten used to seeing. It does have a beautiful cathedral - in fact we wondered just what we can expect to see when we get to Europe to see some of the great cathedrals. An interesting fact (I thought) shared by our hosts was that a city in England is defined by whether it has a cathedral not as you might expect the number of folk who live within its...

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Aug 10, 2007 - Rollercoasters and log flues

As the sun was shining we decided to go to Crealey for the day. Sam had a ball on the roller coasters, we had a good soaking on the log flume and the indoor play area was amazing. Sam managed to disappear for 20minutes at a time inside the play area. Josh saw his first piglet which was very exciting and got to play in the soft play area which he enjoyed.

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Summer Holidays 2007



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