Woke up and looked outside and the sky is all covered with a thick layer of mist, and reminds me of living in London and how sometimes you just dont know whats going to happen with the weather, and having thought that, an hr later the blue skies are out and the mist had lifted – ended up being a beautiful day!
Accomodation was smack bang in city centre just outside of the High St, so parking was 5pounds overnight so I kept it there while I explored
DAY 10 ITINERARY
A – EXETER
B – POWDERHAM CASTLE – Devon
C – CARYLON BAY – St Austell – Cornwall
Today I gave myself a couple of hours at MOST to spend in Exeter, I didnt realise how much history actually is in Exeter! wow! I stayed here until 2pm, I just found too much to see, and its not like its a large city, its pretty big but the high street area isnt that large, its actually a really interesting city as there are large uni campuses just outside of the city centre and a lot of things are happening all over the place, its such a fun city!
Founded in 1050 and construction began in 1114 and was initally built in norman romanesque style
In the medieval times, Exeter became one of the most important cities in the country
WOW just WOW! come on… why do I have to live 26 hours away! I would spend so much more time looking at every single small detail of this beautiful architectural marvel if I could!
EXETER UNDERGROUND TUNNELS
7.50 – total time around 1hr
Omg – random find! I loved exploring under ground! These are old water pipes that serviced the ancient city of Exeter and had different stages of life depending on the times, at one stage the tunnels were covered up during the war as they were scared that enemies would find it and make their way in
They were designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city. The water came through lead pipes into the heart of the city.
Exeter is the only city in the UK to have underground passages of this type and it was such a good experience!
I had spent half the day in Exeter and it was already around 3pm when I got to Powerham castle, was going to do a quick tour and leave but boy! I got my own private tour by one of the head guides there and I spent 1.5hrs going through the whole castle even some areas which are off limits to the public
Andy had worked there for 10 years and knew the castle inside out – as I arrived I was told that there are no more tours of the upstairs but I can walk through the ground floor, I grabbed a little leaflet to guide me through and I ended up chatting to Andy at the first room and he followed me around and ended up giving me so much info and he personally knew the family presently living on the property (was a large deer park as well as the castle and the family premises)
Andy noticed that I loved the castle so much that he mentioned he would show the top floor as well, and another volunteer guide, Christine, came along too as she was learning the ins and outs of the castle as well so the 3 of us had such a good chat and exploration of the castle – by the time i left it was 4:30pm and I knew that castle inside out lol
West front, viewed from under the Victorian gatehouse. The leftmost tower dates from 1390 to 1450
Ok so we arent allowed to take photos of the inside so I got the next set of photos courtesy of the internet – its more magnificent in person!
CARLYON BAY St Austell
Drove into Cornwall today! Ive been here before a few times, im excited to be back! Im going to be exploring places this time that I havent been so I chose Carylon Bay for that reason – also this Resort and Spa golf club looked amazing! set overlooking the Bay, its very Art Deco and I fell in love with the building immediately!