The weather wasn't too unkind - hot sunshine the first day, warm and breezy on Friday and Saturday and then non-stop, pretty epic rain on Sunday (and Monday when we were trying to pack up the car!).
I couldn't get a decent wi-fi signal on my laptop and mobile signal was a bit touch and go too so, apart from a couple of checking in phone calls to the OH's mum who was looking after the shop, we did actually manage to stay away from work for the whole time we were away (no mean feat when you are self employed!).
Here are a few photos of our holiday. It's a beautiful area to stay. I just wish we could stay a little longer...
Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach and Harbour
|Tunnels Beach, Ilfracombe|
|Back through the tunnels...|
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
|Wallaby welcoming committee|
|dinosaur walk through suitably primeval forest...|
|Spider monkey - so cute!|
|'you lookin' at me?' Marmoset with attitude...|
|raccoon feeding time!|
|beautiful Hudson Bay white wolf|
|grey wolf enclosure|
|One of the bonus attractions...|
The highlight for me, apart from the wolves, which were simply magnificent, were the otters.
When we first arrived at their enclosure we could only see two of them on the far side of the river but they quickly spotted us watching them and trotted over, joined by the rest of the clan, and entertained us with their playfulness and adorable squeaks and cat-like meows for a good 15 mins while I took pictures...
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park was a great day out* with plenty to see (although we didn't see the lions as they were sleeping at the far side of their enclosure) and do. The park was recently taking under new management and the new owners are working on updating attractions and enclosures. They also hold regular talks and displays throughout the day - don't forget to check out the notice board near the entrance. We will definitely head back next time we stay in the area - if only so I can get some film of the adorable otter family!!
*here's a tip - whether you are staying on a campsite or hotel check out all the leaflets of local attractions usually found in the foyer/reception area. We found one that entitled us to one free child entry to the park with two paying adults, perfect for our family - it saved us a tenner! The park also offered a deal whereby full paying entrants get 50% off a return visit.