Continuing the series about his favourite walks, Tom Davies takes us along a 3.3 mile route from Crediton station to Hookway and back again, with wonderful views to the east, south and west of Crediton. The walk takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.
In the third of his blogs describing his favourite walks, Tom Davies takes us along a 5 mile route from Shobrooke with splendid distant views of Crediton, Sandford, Cheriton Fitzpaine, the Raddon Hills and Shobrooke.
Mid Devon is a paradise for walkers, with a huge number of footpaths and lanes to explore across gorgeous countryside, with spectacular views and fascinating villages. In a series of blogs, keen walker Tom Davies shares some of his favourite local walks, starting at the historic St Luke’s Chapel at Posbury.
Dot, Dot, Dot, Dash is morse code for V and the opening rhythm of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. During World War II it became a famous BBC theme tune, thanks to Courtenay Edward Stevens, a distinguished Oxford academic, who spent his final days in Lewis Cottage, near Colebrooke, and is buried in the village churchyard. Here Tom Davies, who knew him well, describes the extraordinary career of a much loved scholar and tutor, an authority on Roman history and wartime intelligence officer, who rubbed shoulders with J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis and inspired generations of students.
The farmhouse of Middle Hollacombe, just outside Crediton, was once home to navy commander John Kingdon, who fought alongside Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. When the current owner of Middle Hollacombe, Tom Davies, decided to research the previous occupant of his home, he discovered some fascinating stories about this Crediton man and his ship, HMS Pickle, which carried the news of victory at Trafalgar to London.
Chiddenbrook Lane, leading from the surgery in Crediton across undulating hills to Hollacombe Cross, is well known to many Kirtonians. But years ago, it was also the favourite walk of Dame Margot Fonteyn. Tom Davies describes how he discovered that the prima ballerina used to enjoy walks past his house at Middle Hollacombe and how she revealed some fascinating history about his home.
Emeritus Professor T W Davies: Tom has been an academic engineer since being appointed to the teaching staff at the University of Sheffield on graduation and was later appointed to a lectureship in chemical engineering at the University of Exeter at a time when the University was developing new departments. He remained until early retirement, having published almost 200 scientific papers and edited 2 books. During his career he has taught and worked in many countries around the world whilst remaining based at Middle Hollacombe, Crediton, at one point being seconded to Sharjah in the UAE for 3 years as Dean of Engineering during the creation of the University of Sharjah. Closer to home he worked as a consultant to the china clay industry for several years and helped to develop the new process of flash calcination which involved working at MIT in the USA and eventually led to a production plant in Cornwall. In retirement he developed a high efficiency refrigeration system in a barn at Middle Hollacombe, aspects of which will hopefully lead to reduced carbon emissions in years to come.