Devon to Dorset

We arrived at the Fox Inn in Ansty last night, yet another village of only a few houses along some very narrow country lanes, in the dark and cold.  Settled into our room and had dinner at the pub before retiring for the night.  Saw the Inn in the light of day this morning.

foxExterior of The Fox at Ansty

ostrichThe farm next door to the pub had these unusual animals

pigsand these much more usual ones

Heading off today towards Plymouth, but first a few stops along the way.  First stop was Cerne Abbas to view the “Cerne Giant” – he is 60m tall and around 51m wide.  We arrived in a snowy flurry so it was just as well we were well rugged up in our snuggly possum/merino gear as it was a tad chilly.  Photos were taken and back to the warm car.

cerne Giant in the background

From there it was on to Lyme Regis on the coast, of course travelling through some beautiful countryside through village after picturesque village.  At Lyme Regis we ventured into the local museum to see the fossils that have made this stretch of coastline famous.  Of course there were major stories about Mary Anning who, with her brother, found the first complete Ichthyosaur in 1810-1811.  Her finds and interpretation forced the scientific community into looking at different explanations for changes in the natural world.  As well there were displays about Jane Austin, John Fowles and Henry Fielding who were all in this area. 

fossil 1 Our first sight of the prolific fossils was this large block of stone in the carpark full of small fossils

fossil 2 This is the entrance to the museum with special paving stones made up of casts of fossils.

fossil 3  Even the lamp standards get into the act

LymeThe river Lyme runs underneath the road at the beachfront.

lyme 3Looking along the beachfront at Lyme Regis

lyme 2  Around the headland from the beachfront these beach huts were strung out in a row.  

By this time it was lunch time and as Axminster was just a few minutes away we headed for there.  For those of you who do not know, this is where Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has River Cottage Canteen and Deli, and as a Hugh fan, we went in for lunch.  And a delightful lunch was had too enjoying the surrounds and viewing the books and the deli. 

river cottageThe River Cottage Canteen

Time now to head on to Plymouth, well, actually just the other side of Plymouth where we are staying at the St Mellion International Resort (yes Bill P this is where the British Open will be held until 2015 and no, we are not playing golf).  It was a good drive over more lovely countryside to find our hotel, what we did not realise is that the river Tamar was the divide between Dorset and Cornwall so although we are staying in Cornwall  today, tomorrow we are heading into Plymouth which is in Dorset!  Tomorrow is also time to catch up with another relative from Dad’s side of the family and hopefully filling in a few blank spaces in the family tree.

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