Last week, on a hot sunny day, I went for a walk to explore a lane that passes behind our hill.
I set off down our private lane…
Turning left I walked along the quiet country lane that runs along our valley on the opposite side to the house. We live pretty much in the centre of the below picture, with both house and garden hidden behind the tallest trees.
I followed the lane to the end of the valley, then turned back on another lane that runs up the hill behind the house.
There were lovely views from the hill, back down the valley, with our village in the distance on the right.
A bit further on is the highest point for miles around, with views down the far side of the hill to the sea, with the Devon coast beyond. Fancy being able to walk from my house and see the sea!
A little further on and the view is of the Taw and Torridge estuary.
It was a lovely quiet lane, with hardly any cars, and one lone horserider.
Just as my route left the lane and entered the woodland to return home, this view showed the road running south towards Braunton.
That had taken me just over an hour, and then for another hour I followed the paths through the shady woodland.
The wood wraps around the hill and the side of the valley, and leads me back all the way to my garden.