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“ It is a shame,” Linnæus observed, “ for a man to inhabit and be ignorant of his native country.” The present series of Handbooks, from the Reculvers to the Land's End, is designed to be an illustration of the South Coast of England. Our little volumes will not be too large for the traveller's pocket, as he mounts the hill, skirts the shore, studies the old or modern town, notes the scenery, and learns the topography of each district. Information has been provided for the student of pictures, the artist, the observer of nature, and the antiquarian.
We would hope, that our pages pointing out the objects of real interest, and recalling those events and men which have given life, and the modes of thought which have imparted a romance to places, may meet a welcome from the reader. It has been our endeavour to divest them of the wearisome minuteness of a local guide, and the tantalising meagreness and cross-references of the roadbook. We have presumed that the tourist will select at least a temporary place of residence, which he will make the centre or starting point of his excursions ; and, therefore, have selected the chief towns of resort along the coast, adding a description of their immediate or more remote neighbourhood.
These pages will be found to contain, we hope, that amount of information which an intelligent host would communicate to his guest, or the visitor be glad to acquire, and retain embodied in a book, as a memorial of a time which we heartily desire may be enjoyed with good health, a light heart, and under a sunny sky. The time and the purse of the tourist have been duly cared for, for no expensive or uninteresting excursion has been suggested, and no unnecessary details have been admitted.
If our pages prove a convenient remembrance of facts and men, while they allure from the customary indolence and trifling of the seaside holiday to a study of nature, and investigation of the things of fame and interest that lie within the compass of a walk, or if they beguile the weariness of an hour of sickness, the time and research which we have bestowed upon them will not have been devoted in vain.
Let us honestly avow, in conclusion, that we have undertaken the ambitious task of persuading our readers that their own country has attractions superior to those of the Continent. Wandering, as too many do, ignorant of foreign languages, and without a previous acquaintance with the history of the places visited, whilst they make only an inconsiderable stay in town and country, our hasty travellers will continue to return, to use Bacon's words,“ hooded and without profit” as they went. In England the ordinary education has prepared the tourist not to omit what is observable.
RO U T ES.
23. Sidmouth. (Royal York: Marine : London). Walks :Otterton, Landslip, Budleigh Salterton
Peak Hill, Knowle Cottage, Sidford, Sidbury, Branscombe. Drives. -Lyme-Regis, Beer, Seaton, Exmouth, Exeter ; (by coach
daily) Budleigh-Salterton. 24. Budleigh Salterton. (Rolle's Arms). Walks :— Hayes
Otterton, Bicton Park, Woodbury Common, by Knowle to East Budleigh. Exeter (by coach), Sidmouth, Ladram
Bay. Budleigh-Salterton. 25. Starcross. (Courtney Arms). 26. Exmouth. (London: Globe). Walks :-Withycombe,
St. John's in the Wilderness, Budleigh Salterton. Drives :
cross, Dawlish, Teignmouth.
Walks : Luscombe, Haldon Hill, Oak Hill, Holcombe Down, Ashcombe, Starcross. Drives :-Exeter, Torquay. By water, Ex
mouth, or by the Warren, thence by ferry. 28 Teignmouth, three miles from Dawlish ; (London :
Queen's). Walks.-Shaldon, Bishop's Teignton, Dawlish. By railway, Torquay, Starcross, King's Kerswell. By water, Babbicombe, Dawlish, Exmouth, Sidmouth. Drives: -Ugbrooke Park and Chudleigh Rocks, by Haldon and Ideford ; returning by Kingsteignton, Dawlish, and Starcross, by Mount Pleasant; Heytor Rocks, Becky Falls and Lustleigh by Teigngrace, returning by Preston ; Berry Pomeroy by Newton, returning by King's Kerswell
and Haccombe; Babbicombe, Dartmouth. 29. Torquay. (Royal : Hearder's). Walks.- Paignton, Bab
bicombe, Anstey's Cove, Kent's Hole, Public Gardens, Tor Abbey, Bishopstowe. Drives : -Cockington Court, Compton Castle, Dartington Hall, Dartmouth, Totness.
By water, Brixham, Dartmouth, Exmouth. By railway,
Teignmouth, Dawlish, Starcross, Exeter. 30. Torcross. (Sand's Hotel). Excursions. Start, Prawle
Point, Dartmouth, Salcombe. 31. Plymouth. (Royal: Globe). Excursions : - Brent Tor,
Endsleigh, Totness, Mount Edgecumbe, Breakwater, Whitsand Bay, St. German's, Tavistock, Ivy Bridge, Plympton, Redford ; by Cremill to Maker, Rame Head and Cawsand, Oreston Quarries, Saltram Park, Bickleigh Vale. By water, Eddystone Lighthouse, Trematon Castle, up the Tamar to Cothele and Morwellham. Chief objects of interest.-Citadel, Dockyard, Victualling Etsablishment, Albert
Bridge. 32. Instow. (Marine.) Excursions : – Bideford, Appledore,
Barnstaple, Clovelly, Pebble Ridge, Northam, The Hobby,
Wear Gifford, Hartland Abbey. 33. Ilfracombe. (Clarence : Britannia). Walks :-Hele, under
Hillsborough; to the east of Rillage Point, Sampson's Caves; by Cliff Road to Watermouth and Watermouth Castle, Smallmouth Caves. Berrynarbor Manor House and Church, Combmartin; by Barnstaple Road, Combmartin Church, Newberry Rocks, Sandabay, Trentishoe Downs, Heddon's Mouth; from Wildersmouth, passing the tunnel beaches and Arragonite Bay, up the steps in the cliff to the Tors. Drives.—Bridgewater, Braunton
Burrows, Lynmouth. 34. Lynmouth. (Lyndale : at Lynton, Valley of Rocks, Castle).
Excursions. — Valley of Rocks, Waters-Meet, Lee Bay,
35. Bude. ( Falcon). Excursions : — Tintagel, Moorwinstow,
Kilkhampton Church, Boscastle, St. Nighton's Keeve. 36. Penzance. (Western : Union). Excursions :--St. Michael's
Mount, Land's End, Botallack Mine, Logan Stone, Druidical