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Devon and Somerset

Mary Fletcher | Sampford Peverell Canal

Sampford Peverell Canal

The Grand Western canal flows through the village of Sampford Peverell in Mid Devon, England. Its name reflects its inclusion in the Honour of Peverel, the lands of William Peverel and his family.
Mary Fletcher | Canalgate

Canalgate

Walking along the Great Western canal, near Sampford Peverell in mid Devon, I wondered why the farmer would put a gate leading into the canal….who knows?
Mary Fletcher | Ayshford Court

Ayshford Court

Ayshford Court is Grade II Listed Building in. It is situated near the banks of the Grand Western Canal and sports it’s own large chapel in the grounds. The manor house is divided into two houses. The main historic house was built by various members of the Ashford/Aysford family.
Mary Fletcher | Somerset Countryside

Somerset Countryside

Somerset is a beautiful rural county in the Sout WEst of the UK. It is widely know for growing apples for cider.
Mary Fletcher | Golden Rocks

Golden Rocks

A pair of granite rocks bask in the late winter sunshine on Dartmoor in Devon. Its craggy landscape is defined by forests, rivers, wetlands and tors (rock formations).
Mary Fletcher | Old Bridge Two Bridges

Old Bridge Two Bridges

A map dated 1765 suggests the origin of the name, for in those days the road crossed both the West Dart and the River Cowsic, just upstream from the point where they meet, and required two separate bridges. By 1891, these had disappeared and there was just a single bridge, further downstream, over the West Dart. Today, however, there are again two bridges on the site, because a more modern structure has been added alongside its earlier predecessor.
Mary Fletcher | Great Mis Tor

Great Mis Tor

Great Mis Tor Dartmoor, taken on a winters day.
Mary Fletcher | Canal Walk

Canal Walk

A beautiful and peaceful scene along the Grand Western Canal near Sampford Peverell, mid Devon.
Mary Fletcher | Ancient and Modern

Ancient and Modern

Bristol harbour showing the diversity of the city with its old and modern architecture. Two boats are moored alongside the quay wall back to back. Bristol harbour is a very old harbour which is now home to modern sailing and pleasure vessels.
Mary Fletcher | Bagheera

Bagheera

Bagheera is one of the tourist boats at in Bristol harbour. Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and set sail for voyages of discovery, Bristol's Harbourside is now an attractive, modern development filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.
Mary Fletcher | Noord Ster

Noord Ster

Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and set sail for voyages of discovery, Bristol's Harbourside is now an attractive, modern development filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. Here the Noord Star is an old vessel moored agains the quay wall with a modern backdrop of a glass building housing a gym and offices.
Mary Fletcher | Severn Bridge

Severn Bridge

The Severn Bridge, is a motorway suspension bridge spanning the River Severn and River Wye between Aust, South Gloucestershire (just north of Bristol) in England, and Chepstow, Monmouthshire in South East Wales, via Beachley, Gloucestershire, a peninsula between the two rivers. It is the original Severn road crossing between England and Wales, and took three-and-a-half years to construct at a cost of £8 million. It replaced the Aust ferry. The bridge was opened on 8 September 1966, by Queen Elizabeth II, who hailed it as the dawn of a new economic era for South Wales. The bridge was granted Grade I listed status on 26 November 1999.
Mary Fletcher | Clovelly Devon

Clovelly Devon

Clovelly Estate is home to the Rous family and has been for over 400 years. From Elizabethan times until today, it has remained in private ownership. Consequently this has helped preserve its originality and atmosphere. The village remains a fully functioning working fishing village, clinging to a 400 foot cliff, overlooking Bideford Bay. It has no vehicular traffic on its steeply cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges. Donkeys used to be the main form of transport for centuries. These days the main role for them is to give children rides during the summer or posing for photographs in the street, whilst enjoying their retirement. The man-powered sledges transport all goods to and from the village, from groceries to furniture. Moving house in the village is a very demanding proposition. This might partly explain the generations of families that are living here today.
Mary Fletcher | Clovelly Devon

Clovelly Devon

Clovelly is a small Devon village perched high above the ocean, right on the edge of a cliff. The streets are all cobbled and they wend their way down to the tiny harbour, a slippery slope of stepped streets.
Mary Fletcher | Lake Reflections

Lake Reflections

Beautiful reflections of trees in a small lake in Somerset.
Mary Fletcher | Cottage in the Wood

Cottage in the Wood

A delighful cottage nestled in the middle of the Dartmoor countryside near Lustleigh. The leaves are starting to turn into the colours of Autumn.
Mary Fletcher | Lustleigh, Devon

Lustleigh, Devon

Nestling in the beautiful contours of Dartmoor National Park lies the pretty little hamlet of Lustleigh. This image was taken from Shewte Farm.
Mary Fletcher | Moorland of Dartmoor

Moorland of Dartmoor

Wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, with a rich history and rare wildlife, Dartmoor is a indeed a unique place in South West England.
Mary Fletcher | Saint Pancras Church, Widecombe

Saint Pancras Church, Widecombe

The Church of Saint Pancras is a Church of England church in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England. It is also known as the Cathedral of the Moor. It has received the nickname Cathedral of the Moor because of its 120-foot tower and relatively large capacity for such a small village.
Mary Fletcher | The Ness, Shaldon, Devon

The Ness, Shaldon, Devon

Named after the ‘Ness’ rocky outcrop that towers over it – so named because it resembles a nose or ‘nez’ in French – the Ness is a Grade II listed Inn located on the South West Coast Path in the picturesque seaside village of Shaldon, with stunning views over the Teign Estuary.
Mary Fletcher | Shaldon to Teignmouth

Shaldon to Teignmouth

The Shaldon to Teignmouth ferry provides an essential link for the residents of both towns. Here you can see it departing Shaldon on a rainy day with just one passenger on board, in the background are some of the houses of Teignmouth.
Mary Fletcher | The Old Inn, Widecombe

The Old Inn, Widecombe

A famous and historic 14th Century pub-restaurant right in the heart of Dartmoor, The Old Inn has been a pub for over 200 years. It is in the village of Widecomber in the Moor.
Mary Fletcher | Maidencombe Beach

Maidencombe Beach

Maidencombe beach is a small sandy beach surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and at low tide interesting rock pools are exposed. Maidencombe lies just a few miles north of Babbacombe and is well within reach of Torquay Town.
Mary Fletcher | London Inn, Shaldon

London Inn, Shaldon

The London Inn, Shaldon is a small but very welcoming Inn on the opposite side of the estuary from Teignmouth. It is situated on the end of the estuary in a small square.
Mary Fletcher | Dartmoor Views

Dartmoor Views

Wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, with a rich history and rare wildlife, Dartmoor is a indeed a unique place in South West England.
Mary Fletcher | Rainbow over Dartmoor

Rainbow over Dartmoor

A beautiful Autumn day on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The Autumn rains came and went and left us with this stunning rainbow over the valley.
Mary Fletcher | Grand Pier, Teignmouth

Grand Pier, Teignmouth

Teignmouth Pier was built in 1865 by Joseph Wilson, an engineering consultant from London. Sadly it is need of some restoration these daya.
Mary Fletcher | Ashburton

Ashburton

Ashburton was an important centre for the tin trade during the middle ages and in 1305 became one of the four official stannary towns which had special powers to assay the tin produced from the Dartmoor mines. When the local tin, iron and woollen trades declined in the 17th Century, Ashburton made a living from passing trade on the main road from Exeter to Plymouth and many of the buildings you see today date from this period.
Mary Fletcher | Delicate Dusting on Dartmoor

Delicate Dusting on Dartmoor

The sunlight hits the rolling hills of Dartmoor with a delicate dusting of snow. This barren moorland is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Mary Fletcher | Dark Trees on Dartmoor

Dark Trees on Dartmoor

A wintery scene on Dartmoor. Dartmoor national park in Devon is home to a few wild ponies and sheep, but even they are hiding on this cold winters day
Mary Fletcher | The Malt, Kingsbridge. Devon

The Malt, Kingsbridge. Devon

A pretty row of cottages overlooking the river in Kingsbridge, Devon
Mary Fletcher | Kingsbridge House

Kingsbridge House

This tall brick built building stands out in the middle of Kingsbridge, Devon
Mary Fletcher | Kingsbridge Estuary

Kingsbridge Estuary

Kingsbridge estuary leading to the quaint market town of the same name. The estuary accomodates many pontoons where boat owners can keep their boats.
Mary Fletcher | Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe

Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months. It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Mary Fletcher | Paignton Pier

Paignton Pier

Paignton Pier is right in the middle of the resort’s popular promenade, with its golden, sandy beaches and glittering sea. First opened in 1879, the Pier has been attracting and entertaining many thousands of visitors – from those earliest Victorians, with their parasols and straw boaters, to the smartphone generation of today. The Pier was financed by local Paignton barrister Arthur Hyde Dendy and designed by renowned Victorian architect George Souden Bridgman.
Mary Fletcher | Plymouth Devon

Plymouth Devon

A view of the city of Plymouth in the evening light, Queen Anne's Battery Marina can be seen to the right of the image as the city rises up behind
Mary Fletcher | Sailing Yacht Tectona

Sailing Yacht Tectona

Tectona is a gaff ketch and was built by the Calicut Shikpyard in India in 1928. Built as a private yacht, during the Second World War the vessel was involved in Admiralty work and was recommisssioned by Captain Tom Blackwell in 1958, chartered by Alan Villiers in 1962 and became the Plymouth School of Navigation Sail Training Vessel 1964/1980. Later, she was sold to a French owner, and then to a Swiss Charity and was used for sail training based in Barcelona. In 2007 she was bought by her present owners and continues to be used for sail training.
Mary Fletcher | Tectona below Plymouth Hoe

Tectona below Plymouth Hoe

The sail training vessel Tectona returning home to her berth, with Plymouth Hoe and Smeatons Tower in the background.