Devon, Family days out, Travel Timehop

Travel Timehop #42: Clovelly, Devon 2014

Welcome to my Travel Timehop where I share snapshots from our holiday photo albums and the memories that go with them.

This week’s picture takes me back to my own childhood as well as the recent past when we visited this unique Devon village with Tin Box Tot.

When are we timehopping to?

It was 2014 and we were doing a spot of sightseeing after going to a family wedding in the same area.

Where in the world?

We were at Clovelly in North Devon. It is a place like no other village in the country as there are no cars. The steep cobbled street is totally unsuitable for vehicles so the main form of transport up and down the hill is donkeys (although these days they are more of a tourist attraction).

The village dates back to the 14th Century and has been wholly owned by just three families in that time. Fishing used to be the main trade for residents. Now you will find craft shops, cafes and souvenirs dotted along the main thoroughfare.

I have visited Clovelly on at least three occasions: when I was a child, with Mr Tin Box before we had children and last year with TBT. Tin Box Baby was there too but just as a grapefruit-sized bump in my tummy.

I’d recommend wearing sturdy shoes and having a hearty breakfast before you visit Clovelly. The hill is hard work on the way back up. If you don’t have time for a full fry up in the morning then there are plenty of places selling yummy Devon cream teas in the village. There is also the option to pay to take a ride back up the hill in a Landrover.

Timehop moment

This is the moment TBT met the famous donkeys of Clovelly. They used to transport all goods coming into the village on their backs but these days sledges are used instead. 

We met them three quarters of the way back up the hill. Children can also have donkey rides from the stables at the top of the hill. TBT was a little too shy for this, but was happy to say hello from the safety of Mr Tin Box’s arms.

Clovelly is open all year except for Christmas. Admission costs £6.95 for adults, £4.35 for children aged seven to 16-years-old, and children under seven go free.

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