I walked with a friend yesterday alongside the River Dart from Totnes to Dartington Hall. The sun was shining and the river was a sight for sore eyes.

We’re fortunate to have Dartington Hall virtually on our doorstep (give or take a few miles!) as it is a wonderful venue for a whole host of events, set in acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Unusually for October, it was warm enough to sit in those grounds enjoying the vista spread out before us. My friend told me how her daughter once acted in a play that was performed just below where we sat – with the audience arrayed along the grassy tiers you can see in the picture.

Having soaked up some sun, we strolled beneath trees beginning to don their autumn dress to the old Cider Press – now renamed ‘Shops At Dartington’ – where we enjoyed a vegetarian lunch in Cranks and then shopped to our hearts’ content. Yes, there’s plenty to be said for life in Devon!


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