North Devon: Verity, pasties and sandcastles

Our half term break was spent in North Devon at Woolacombe to be precise where we have visited before but never tire of returning.

North Devon section

This break was unique in as much we towed our caravan down there for the very first time so a massive step for us and it all went amazingly well apart from putting up the awning inside out after an 8 hour journey but *ahem* moving on …

We booked into Woolacombe Golden Coast resort as other family members were staying there and it has some excellent facilities onsite for us and the kids to use, three swimming pools to start with, an amazing adventure playground and the beach balls that our girls tried and LOVED.

Woolacombe Golden Coast

On the Wednesday we took to the coast and starting at Combe Martin a beach dear to my husband’s heart as he spent a lot of his childhood there, it was a cold grey day but we managed to play on the sand and the tide was out so we went to look at the rock pools.

combe martin beach

When the tide goes out, there is a cement walkway to the right looking out to sea that takes you round to some fabulous rock formations, caves and rock pools.

combe martin rock pools and sea views

We jumped back in the cars and drove a short distance to Hele Bay passing Watermouth Castle and stopped for lunch at the beach cafe – £5 for scampi and chips and delicious it was too. We played ‘Pooh’ sticks before leaving and the dads got very competitive :)

hele bay north devon

Our next stop was Ilfracombe, we drove down and parked by the harbour and were able to see Damien Hirst’s controversial statue that upset the locals when erected in October 2012.

verity ilfracombe

I like it. Yes, it’s different, some say macabre, I say unusual, in fact it got me thinking. There was no plaque and no information so I added the photo to my Facebook stream and there I learnt her name, Verity and her meaning. I find her protective over the baby she is carrying and trying to do the right thing, but that’s just my definition, each has their own.

The statue of Verity pregnant holding a sword aloft and standing on a base of legal books is meant to be a ‘modern allegory of truth and justice’

The figure’s stance is taken from Edgar Degas’ late 19th Century Little Dancer of Fourteen Years and is referenced by Damien Hirst in his earlier bronze Virgin Mother from 2005.

The title ‘Verity’ is from the Italian word of Truth, while she holds the traditional symbols denoting justice – a sword and scales. – Visit Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe was also an ice cream stop, I tried Tia Maria.

ilfracombe harbout

Our next journey was down the narrowest country lanes, with husband moaning a little bit whenever someone dared come in the opposite direction but the end was Lee Beach. The tide was out, the sky was grey and it was very cold but what a picturesque spot and well worthy of a day trip with a picnic on the beach. When you do get down there, there’s a car park but if it’s packed you will then have to retrace your steps or take the other single file lane out, might be worth leaving this spot for a quiet day ;)

Lee Beach Devon

Last stop on this tour was Woolacombe for some fudge and some pasties

fudge and pasties woolacombe

But before we got there I asked husband to stop at the top of the hill descending into the village to get this shot, if you take a look at the map at the top you’ll see how large Woolacombe beach is.

wollacombe north devon

If you’re passing on a sunny day of course it would look like this …

woolacombe beach