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We have sponsored a Pride in Brixham Bench!

02Oct

We have sponsored a Pride in Brixham Bench!

Forget-Me-Knot Cottage are very proud to have sponsored a Pride in Brixham Bench at Brixham harbour! Funds raised go to support ‘Pride in Brixham‘ who are a group of volunteers. They do wonderful things to upgrade and maintain the environment in and around Brixham harbour from painting to beautiful gardening schemes.

 

Charley’s Approval

On our recent trip to stay in the cottage we went to find our sponsored bench! Charley comfort tested it, she said the bench is a perfect pit stop to rest up and watch the coming and goings of harbour life, in particular the seagulls whom she is quite fascinated!

She then celebrated by picking a toy in the Animals in Distress Charity Shop, which she proudly carried around town whilst we done some shopping. 

 

Helping Reduce Plastic Waste

We had a wonderful trip down carrying out minor repairs from a busy spring/summer season. A new addition to the cottage was a filter tap, to help do our bit to reduce plastic waste. Now our guests can refill their bottles with filtered tap water and not buy bottled water for days out around South Devon.  

 

Delicious Brixham Food

We ate like kings whilst on our trip, including a delicious meal in The Old Markethouse, fish & chips from The Rockfish (or just chips in my case being vegan!) and on our last day after a busy few days I treated myself to a delicious vegan friendly chocolate orange cake from The Curious Kitchen!

 

Doggy Holiday

As always the dogs had a great time in Brixham, they enjoyed lots of fuss every time they went out and yummy biscuits from many of the shop owners who are very kind and make doggy visitors feel welcome as Brixham is so very dog friendly!

Another lovely trip down to Torbay, we are already looking forward to the next time! 🙂 

 

 

 

 

Dog Friendly Brixham

11Jun

Dog Friendly Brixham

Enjoying the Brixham sunshine on the patio

 

Having 3 dogs of my own who are a massive part of the family I know how important it is to bring your dogs on holiday and find completely dog friendly holiday accommodation, eateries and places to visit.  Forget-Me-Knot Cottage is a Dog Friendly Cottage in Dog friendly Brixham!

Many shops you enter your dog will be allowed in and even asked if your pooch wants a biscuit, Animals in distress charity shop is always a favourite for my dogs as they know a biscuit will come their way!

I recently visited Brixham with a friend and her black lab, he came everywhere with us, we walked for miles each day on the South West Coast Path exploring coves and admiring the beautiful scenery, he even came to dinner at The Old Market House & Rockfish restaurants at the harbour and even experienced his first ride on a bus!

At my last count 14 restaurants/cafes/pubs in Brixham are dog friendly!

The Guardhouse Café on Berryhead is certainly worth a visit after a nice walk taking in all the fresh sea air and views, they have biscuits on the counter for your pooch and is a great place for Breakfast and Lunch.  They have great cake and a good vegan and gluten free selection too!

 

 

Breakwater Bistro looks over the beach and has magnificent views out to sea, it’s a great stop for breakfast, lunch & dinner and not forgetting Devon cream teas!

If you are at Fishcombe Cove, the beach café there is a great pit stop while walking and they serve a special doggy sausage treat for your pooch too!

 

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Brixham

All of the above eateries are great places to eat and take your doggy companion.

 

Swimming

At the beginning and end of season (May and September) Shoalstone Outdoor Pool has a puppy party where the pool is open exclusively for your dogs to splash around in, they provide toys and human and doggy snacks are available to buy.  Its £3 entry and all proceeds go to maintaining the pool.

If swimming is your dogs thing, there are lots of beaches open all year round for your dogs to enjoy, some of the coves and the walks to them are breathtaking!

 

Dog friendly beaches and coves open all year round in Torbay

Brixham

  • Fishcombe Cove
  • Churston Cove
  • Shoalstone Beach
  • St Marys Bay

Paignton

  • Goodrington North Beach
  • Saltern Cove
  • Elberry Cove
  • Oyster Cove
  • Fairy Cove

Torquay

 

Many castles are also dog friendly, The Donkey Sanctuary in East Devon is always a great day out, your pooch can even join you on the South Devon Steam Railway.

With award winning beaches and coves, the South West Coast Path to explore, many shops allowing your dog in to browse and most restaurants allowing your dogs to join you, Brixham truly is Dog Friendly and an amazing holiday destination for humans and hounds alike!

xxx

 

 

 

South West Coast Path Adventures – Brixham & Beyond

23May

South West Coast Path Adventures – Brixham & Beyond

 

I recently had a stay at my lovely Cottage in Brixham ‘Forget-Me-Knot Cottage’ with my friend Susan and her black lab Ben, we explored the South West Coast Path over 2 days and I have shared our adventures below!

 

The adventures of two female intrepid explorers and a black lab named Ben…

Brixham Pirate Festival

We arrived in Brixham on a sunny but cloudy Tuesday afternoon and after a cup of tea and me giving Susan the grand tour of pretty ‘Forget-Me-Knot Cottage’ we quickly unpacked our things and took Ben the Black Lab out for some fresh sea air and exploring in the sunshine. We headed down to the harbour via  Temperance place steps, meandering past the remnants of Brixham Pirate Festival weekend which had ended the day before, we stopped and grinned at the skeleton figure hanging in a basket over the harbour – ‘poor dear soul didn’t make it out’ we joked as we made our way around the quayside.

Susan my holiday companion hadn’t been to Brixham in some 20 years so it was a trip of memories and discovering the changes over the past 2 decades.  We wandered past the marina, admiring the beautiful boats and yachts, onto breakwater beach marvelling at the crystal clear waters lapping up at the shore and on past Shoalstone outdoor swimming pool which was about to be renovated ready for another busy summer season.  We decided as it was approaching tea time it would be nice for a refreshment and walked onto Berryhead hotel where we sat outside with Salcombe South Devon Gin & tonic watching the beautiful clear waters glistening below and taking in all the lovely fresh sea air.

 

Brixham Marina

G&T at the Berryhead Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That evening we (and Ben the lab) all enjoyed a meal at the Rockfish restaurant at the end of Brixham harbour, sampling some Plymouth Devon Gin and the first chip shops chips I have had since becoming vegan some years back!

 

Berryhead & Beyond

On our first morning we woke to glorious sunshine, we packed our rucksack and set off for a day of exploring the south west coast path, we walked south through Brixham and on to Berryhead National Park.  Ben loved running around the ruins and the views were just spectacular, the highlight being the lighthouse built in 1906 at the end of the cliffs where you can see out to sea for miles in every direction (Dogs need to be on leads at this point for obvious reasons!).  Walking back with slightly rumbling tummies we decided we would head to The Guardhouse Café which is situated on Berryhead, after learning about local wildlife from the lovely lady in the information centre we went into the café, I was delighted to find they had several vegan cake options for me and even biscuits on the counter for Ben the lab!

Doggy treats at The Guardhouse Cafe

Vegan cake at The Guardhouse Cafe, Brixham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our elevenses we headed on for St Marys Bay, enroute we saw Guillemots nesting on the rocks. It was quite some walk with some stunning views and as we finally made our way down a fair few steps we arrived at beautiful St Marys Bay, Ben had a celebratory run round the empty beach and whilst we were looking out to sea we were lucky to see porpoise in the waters!

Enroute to St Marys Bay

St Marys Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving back to the cottage Susan tells me from her fitbit we had walked some 7 miles!  We decided this deserved a hearty meal so we (and Ben) headed out to The Old Market House on the harbour for a lovely meal to round off a lovely day.

 

Vegan Curry at The Old Market House, Brixham

 

Fishcombe Cove

Waking up on Wednesday to another lovely sunny day, it was our last day to explore so decided to go north on the south west coast path, we had a route semi planned and after breakfast we set off.  We walked to the other side of the harbour and headed for Fishcombe Cove, Susan teaching me names of trees, plants and birds all the way.  Once we arrived it was as beautiful as I had remembered, we sat at the Beachside café and had a hot drink and they made Ben a hot doggy sausage snack following his swim.  The wind was up a little so we decided to carry on to our next destination.

 

Fishcombe Cove

Swimming at Fishcombe Cove

Brixham Battery Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Lost!

We had planned to go to the next cove around the coastline which is Churston Cove however we got ourselves completely lost in ancient woodland (which was not a bad thing as it was truly beautiful!) and somehow ended up on Churston Golf Course! After a nice chat with the greenskeeper who sent us in the right direction we finally ended up at Churston Cove, I think this has to be my favourite cove – it is so very beautiful and peaceful with crystal clear waters.

Ancient Woodland Churston

Churston Cove

Ben admiring Churston Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elberry Cove

Heading onto Elberry Cove surrounded by woodlands and fields and the Elberry Bath house ruins built for Lord Churston in the 18th century, we strolled past Broadsands beach and headed for our final stop ‘Goodrington Beach’, this final trek required a degree of fitness as you encounter more steps than I have ever seen! But it was certainly worth it, it was a great walk, we sat and rested while watching the steam train come past, saw some very unusual flora and finally after 5 hours and 9 miles we made it to Goodrington Beach where we sat at the Inn on the Quay Pub and shared a late lunch, we decided as we didn’t want to be walking back until dark that we should catch a bus back to Brixham – Ben’s first Bus journey!

 

How many steps..?

Dartmouth Steam Train passing through

Elberry Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We rounded the final night off with a truly delicious meal at ‘On The Rocks’ at Brixham harbour, sadly Ben the lab wasn’t allowed into this restaurant, although after such a busy day of walking many miles, he was more than happy to curl up and have a nap at the cottage.

Vegan Burger and chips at On The Rocks, Brixham Harbour

 

Something I haven’t mentioned which I think I should is that Susan is in her 70s!  We walked lots of miles (at her request), she has more energy than me in my 30s – she is just amazing!  Also every Brixham restaurant and eatery mentioned caters for vegans very well which made refuelling for me after all the trekking a culinary pleasure!

A wonderful trip with amazing memories x