Exmouth to Plymouth: Britain's Heritage Coast

By Gary Holpin

Travel, General non-fiction | Paperback, eBook


South Devon has been the place of family holidays at its many splendid seaside resorts since as early as the 18th century, and many of us have fond memories of its sunshine and sandy beaches, Devon cream teas, and stories of smuggling and pirates. But this familiar and beautiful landscape contains clues to a long and sometimes turbulent past. From the rocks of its cliffs, which provide a snapshot of 400 million years of Earth's geological history, to flint tools found in secluded caves which tell the story of some of Devon's earliest residents, this coastal landscape is rich in clues to its past. In this lovingly illustrated and hopefully informative book, I try to share some of my passion for the South Devon coast, taking readers on a whistle-stop journey through the fascinating history, folklore and outstanding beauty of the region. All, illustrated with lots of sunny photos of the stunning South Devon coast.


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South Devon has been the place of family holidays at its many splendid seaside resorts since as early as the 18th century, and many of us have fond memories of its sunshine and sandy beaches, Devon cream teas, and stories of smuggling and pirates. But this familiar and beautiful landscape contains clues to a long and sometimes turbulent past. From the rocks of its cliffs, which provide a snapshot of 400 million years of Earth's geological history, to flint tools found in secluded caves which tell the story of some of Devon's earliest residents, this coastal landscape is rich in clues to its past. In this lovingly illustrated and hopefully informative book, I try to share some of my passion for the South Devon coast, taking readers on a whistle-stop journey through the fascinating history, ...


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Originally from Gloucestershire, Gary now lives in East Devon and has been a regular visitor to the South Devon coast throughout his life. His earliest visits were on regular family holidays to the seaside resorts of Dawlish Warren and Goodrington during the 1970's. After moving to Devon in 2003 Gary began walking on the South West Coast Path as a way to explore his new West Country home and was immediately hooked on the spectacular and varied coastal scenery of the South West. During weekends from 2007 to 2009, he walked all 630 miles of the Path, and following the disappointment of finishing such an amazing journey, is now half way through walking the Path for a second time, this time in the opposite direction. As both a keen walker and photographer, Gary has combined these interests to help him create his books and hopes that through their pages he can share with readers just a little of his passion for the varied and amazing coastline of the South West of England. For more information about the author, sample text and photos from his book, and social media links, visit http://www.garyholpin.co.uk/


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Originally from Gloucestershire, Gary now lives in East Devon and has been a regular visitor to the South Devon coast throughout his life. His earliest visits were on regular family holidays to the seaside resorts of Dawlish Warren and Goodrington during the 1970's. After moving to Devon in 2003 Gary began walking on the South West Coast Path as a way to explore his new West Country home and was i...


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Nick Hall

Nick Hall

22 June at 08:03

Love the cover photo, Gary - stunning!

Michael James Smith

Michael James Smith

1 January at 10:48

The finest photographic book on the West country I've ever purchased! Highly recommend it. simply beautiful book!

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