HENRY Williamson’s novel Tarka the Otter, published 90 years ago this August, has inspired a thriving tourism industry in North Devon, helped in part by the creation of the 180-mile Tarka Trail in the 1980s. Tracing Tarka’s journey during the book, the figure-of-eight trail is suitable for walkers and, on some stretches, cyclists. It follows the fictional otter’s footprints along riverbanks and coastlines, and through moors and woodland, all of which Williamson describes vividly, but with minimal sentimentality, from an otter’s-eye view. Continue reading
TUCKED away above the Exe Valley, Stoodleigh is reached by a winding country lane known locally as ‘The Drive’. This harks back to the time when the road was the immensely long private drive to Stoodleigh Manor. The estate was broken up and sold in 1925 and in 1928 the house was bought by Ravenswood School, which relocated here from Paignton. In 1992 the school closed, though it very much lives on in the memory of its pupils! Stoodleigh Court, as it is known today, now serves as a wedding venue. The walk enjoys wonderful, far-reaching views, but to achieve them there are some mighty ascents-so be prepared. Lovely, wildlife-rich woodland will help take your mind off the tough bits.
APPROACH Teignmouth by road and you are reminded that this is the “Gem of South Devon”. Always effervescent, the resort has been tickled by a magic wand and now aspires to the title of Devon’s mosaic capital. Varying from dinner plate size to extensive murals, the large collection has become a year-round attraction for visitors, beguiled by mosaic’s unique qualities. Families enjoy a discovery trail leaflet and search out a series of circular plaques highlighting local fish and birds. Continue reading
LITTLE touches can elevate a stay in a hotel to something special and unique. Even if you don’t use the binoculars and blankets which are tucked in a basket for use on your room’s balcony, it makes you feel cared for, just knowing someone has given thought to every detail of your stay. One of the first things I’m told after being shown my room at Salcombe Harbour Hotel is: “The lemon and ice are doing the rounds.” Continue reading
The South Hams, the southernmost tip of Devon, is an exceptionally dog-friendly area. Whether you are the proud owner of a bouncing border collie with energy to burn, or a calm corgi content with quiet days in the sunshine, there are walks, attractions and days out to suit the temperament of all dogs… and their owners! Here are just a few things you and your four-legged friend can enjoy this summer. Continue reading
Dartmouth is saturated in history. This mile-and-a-bit walk introduces some of its treasures and whets the appetite for more exploration.
Start: Mayors Avenue Car Park, TQ69NF. Leave the car park by the TIC and Newcomen Engine House, turning right along Mayor’s Avenue. As the road bends right cross over and walk ahead along narrow Zion Place. Turn left at the T-junction and soon the road widens. Go left along attractive Foss Street, heading towards the church. Browse your way along; the celebrated Simon Drew gallery is here. At the end of Foss Street go left at a small crossroads along Duke Street, passing the remarkable Butterwalk on your left. These former merchants’ houses date from the 17th century and were built on land reclaimed from the river. Continue reading
THE COUNTDOWN to the launch of Salcombe Town Regatta has begun and it’s all go in the Hainey household. Mum, Debbie has been running this week-long event for the past four years and her kids know that things are about to get a little hectic around here. Once dinner is done, Debbie and husband Andy sit around the kitchen table checking tide times for the harbour swim and ordering road signs for the series of closures that have to take place. Rob, 10 and Daniel, six, are busy helping to prepare the parachuting teddy event by practising with a prototype bear. Continue reading
There’s no time to be bored this month thanks to the spectacular line-up of activities and events for all the family in Abu Dhabi
Bollywood chart toppers Salim and Suleiman head to the capital to celebrate Indian Independence Day with Namaste Abu Dhabi, an amazing flurry of dance moves and song. Expect a colourful, energetic series of compositions by the popular Indian duo and their troupe of dancers at Emirates Palace on 18 August. Continue reading
Neo-classical design, unrivalled Gulf views and outstanding service make this hotel a one-of-a-kind experience
A hospitality icon in the heart of fashionable Salmiya, each of the hotel’s 203 sea- and garden-view guestrooms and suites feature a collection of hand-selected furniture pieces and artworks, reflecting a classical European style with palatial accents.
For a regal style stay, book into the Royal Suite, which is abundant with art. Indeed, every single piece was handpicked by the hotel’s owner. In keeping with his good taste, you’ll also enjoy stunning panoramic vistas of the Gulf of Oman and the picturesque marina.
Kids will love the Little Sailors’ summer camp running until 31 Aug. From arts and crafts to story time, painting and rock climbing, they’ll have a blast thanks to supervised activities all day long. For children aged three to eight, prices start from Dhssoo and parents can enjoy a 30 percent spa discount, a spa and gym pass and 15 percent off all F&B across the hotel with every weekly booking.
Make a beeline for the beautiful Arteasan, Fujairah’s only art-inspired tea room where you can indulge in High Tea afternoons. Hosted by the hotel’s dedicated tea experts, you can sample some of the exclusive Jing Tea blends. Meanwhile coffee-drinkers will love Cafe Pronto. As the emirate’s only hotel to boast an exclusive partnership with Nespresso, guests can expect perfect brews all day long in this utterly charming European bistro concept.
Ride the waves like never before on the awesome Seabreacher X – one of the world’s most advanced watercrafts. Mimicking the tail thrusts of aquatic animals, it can dive deep under the water,
roll in any direction and jump over the waves with you on board. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the exclusive beach club inspired by the trendy hotspots of Marbella and Ibiza, which is opening soon.
Find out more about local traditions and pick up authentic souvenirs outside Canvas restaurant where a group of Emirati craftspeople showcase hand-woven baskets, jewellery holders and trinkets crafted from locally-sourced palm leaves. Also, try the catch of the day – from tiger prawns to Omani lobsters – at The Copper Lobster, which serves the best regional fare.