Instow and along the bank of the river Torridge…..

Well we have well and truly thawed out here now and we ended up with quite a sunny afternoon. So after extending our stay here for another couple of weeks (the site at Dulverton that I plan to move to next has postponed their opening date until 16th March!) as we have so much still to see and explore around here, we set off bound for Instow.

The beach here was absolutely packed with sunny Sunday afternoon walkers, lots of dogs and at least two groups playing with a football, so I’m afraid Poppydog was way to wound up to be given any Freedombird!

The beach was not overly attractive, tending to run to mud along the edge of the river so we about turned and set off instead for a walk along the disused railway line, now part of the Tarka Trail, this particular section runs from Barnstaple to Bideford.

The trail took us inland of Instow, but after passing Instow signal box and Station (now a yacht club) followed along the bank of the river Torridge and very soon we left civilisation behind!

As we neared Bideford and the road noise increased, we took that as our sign to turn back and view the pretty villages of Appledore on the left hand side of the Torridge and Instow on the right.

Two thoughts of the day:

As far as signs go – how about this one?

We weren’t wearing any, but we would have!

Oh and by the way, the snow did not make a very good job of cleaning the car!

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