Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The old railway line

On the 21st June I did a post about the Cairn in Ilfracombe. I've linked it here to remind you.    I mentioned that at one time there had been a railway line on one side, this is now long gone, and I have now taken some photographs over there.  It makes for a good walk these days, with the old track now a tarmac path and forms part of the North Devon Cycle network.   On the day I took these photos we started by passing the Round House and through the 'kissing gate', then on up to what had been the old railway line....and yes it really is a round house!


have you spotted somebody bottom left (he always wants to know what's happening and after all mum has stopped to take a photo!)




Everything is much greener now.  I love the way the sunlight bounces through on to these paths


It makes a lovely walk through


and here we are at what was the old line...

you would never guess this had been a railway line


a map has been placed along the route to tell people a bit of its history







In various places there are picnic benches, which makes for a good place to stop and rest



Our journey finishes with some lovely views across the town





10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour, Ann, what a beautiful area! I love the round house, imagine living there... And the views at the end are breathtaking!

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  2. Thanks Judy. Yes the round house is interesting....I reckon there would be trouble fitting furniture in though !

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  3. What a lovely place to wander through. And that last picture. What a shot! I love how the clouds just ‘hang’ there!

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  4. What a beautiful area. The first picture is beautiful to paint. The other pictures too, but the first is really beautiful.

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  5. Thank you Renske - I know exactly what you mean about the first picture....that just may well end up as a watercolour!....cheers ann.

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  6. Hi Ann: I used to go back and forth to boarding school in Totnes on that railway line. The trains were all steam trains then (am I dating myself??) and I remember jumping up to shut the window whenever we went through a tunnel to stop the cinders coming in. Is the Ilfracombe Sataion still there. It was at the top of a very steep hill, if I remember rightly.

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  7. Hi Shammickite - Interesting to know you actually went on the trains from Ilfracombe....the station is long gone, it's now a factory called Pall UK, an engineering manufacturer for the medical profession! How things change.

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  8. what a beautiful spot! hope to see the round house sketched/painted by you soon!

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  9. Hi Annie, I'll definitely be having a go at sketching or painting the round house....one or two projects lined up at the moment, but I will get to it !....cheers, ann.

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