PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VISIT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Visit to Ugbrooke House and Gardens
This is our third attempt to organise this outing, since Covid regulations prevented the earlier visits taking place.
Ugbrooke House has been the family seat of the Clifford family for over 400 years. In the mid-18th century the house was remodelled by Robert Adam and the gardens by Capability Brown. Both are well worth exploring. There is also a very impressive chapel that is still in use.
The gates open at 12 noon.
Meet: At 12 noon at the entrance to the house. Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh TQ13 0AD.
Website: www.ugbrooke.co.uk Tel. 01626 852 179
We shall probably be given a tour of the house first. If we have 15 or more members visiting the house, we shall get a private tour to ourselves – otherwise we shall have to be part of a public tour. We shall then sit down to what promises to be a splendid lunch. The lunch will be served in the conservatory, but eaten in the library. The total cost for the tour of the house, visit to the gardens, and the lunch, will be £35.
By car: Take the A30 road from Exeter, then the A38 and A380. Turn off at the slip road at Olchard Ideford Dip (GR 50.59, -3.58). Turn left at the junction, and continue for 1 km to Ugbrooke. There is ample parking.
By bus: The use of public transport for this visit is not recommended. It is hoped that members will car-share.
Annual General Meeting
All members are urged to attend our AGM, which will be held on Zoom.
The AGM is where we review the activities of the past 12 months, and start to plan ahead for the next year.
Cadhay is listed by Country Life as ‘one of the top ten manor houses in the country’. It was built in 1550, and is constructed around its central Court of the Sovereigns, so-named because of the carved images of four Tudor monarchs that overlook the court.
We shall have a private guided tour of both the house and the gardens. The house tour takes in the Long Gallery and Roof Chamber, with a brief history of the house and the families who have lived there. The garden tour will include a visit to the mediaeval fish ponds and walled kitchen gardens, followed by a cream tea. The cost is £15, paid for in cash or by credit card.
Toilets (including disabled ones) are available. Teas may be taken in the barn or on the terraces. For more information, see https://cadhay.org.uk
By car: Cadhay lies between the A30 and Ottery St Mary. Approaching on the A30 from the west, leave the A30 at Patteson’s Cross, and follow the signs for Fairmile and Cadhay. Coming from the east, leave the A30 at the Iron Bridge turnoff and then proceed as above. Cadhay is approached from Fairmile Lane by a long tree-lined drive. Parking is in a field on the right.
By public transport: There is no bus calling at Cadhay. The only option is to get the 4/4A bus to the hospital at Ottery St Mary and then walk almost a mile to Cadhay. It is hoped that members will offer car lifts.
Meet: In the car park (Grid reference for Cadhay: 091962 on OS Landranger 192 and OS Explorer 115) at 1.30 p.m.
After a gap of two years, we thought it was time to sample some pub lunches again. The Club has not been to this pub before, but it looks very promising. Besides offering standard pub main courses at £15, they also offer some of the dishes at £9 for ‘smaller appetites’. We shall meet in the upstairs dining room, which can be accessed directly from the carpark, without climbing any stairs.
By car: Approaching from Exeter, turn left at Cowley Bridge towards Crediton. The pub is on the left just after Bernaville Nurseries. There is a large car park up the slope behind the pub; turn in just before the pub, and then turn right.
By public transport: There is a good bus service (5, 5A, 5B, 5C) every 20 minutes from Exeter Bus Station, stopping in Paris Street. The bus will drop you at Bernaville Nurseries, just before the pub.
Since this is one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in Great Britain, it offers a truly unique and memorable living heritage experience of a time before steam.
Boarding starts at 11 a.m. The barge leaves at 11.30, and returns at 1.00 p.m. There is a licensed bar/cafe onboard, with beer, cider, wine, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee, ice cream and canal gifts. Please note that it is cash only – no cards. There is also a toilet on board the barge. This will be a public trip, so we shall be sharing the barge. The cost of the barge is approximately £15, so please ensure you bring sufficient cash.
Afterwards some of us may wish to adjourn to Ducks Ditty Bar, which is permanently moored at Tiverton Canal. It offers the same range of food and drink as served onboard, as well as Devon-made hot pasties. http://canaltearooms.co.uk/
Let’s hope for better weather than we had ten years ago, when we last did this trip!
Tiverton Canal Company Tel. 01884 253 345 www.tivertoncanal.co.uk
By car: The canal is south-east of the town centre. Approach along Great Western Way (A396) and then turn up Old Road which leads into Canal Hill. The canal is on your left, and there is plenty of parking space (Parking charge – £3 – goes towards funding and maintaining the canal).
By bus: There is a half-hourly bus service (55/155) from Exeter to Tiverton. For instance, the 10.00 bus arrives in Tiverton at 10.37. It is a 10-minute walk to Canal Hill, or else take the 353 Dartline bus at 10.45 which reaches Canal Hill at 10.50.
12.00 (Optional) We shall meet at the Union Inn at 12 0’clock for lunch: Union Inn, 10 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LN www.theunioninn.co.uk
2.30 p.m. Meet at The Motor Museum, home to a collection of over 150 vintage and classic vehicles, including pre-1920s to the 1990s. It is run by local motoring enthusiast Frank Loft, who is an Exeter graduate. The museum is housed in a newly refurbished bus depot. The collection of vehicles is complemented by motoring artefacts and automobilia, and visitors can also view the restoration workshop.
The Motor Museum is at the Old Barn Depot, Court Street TQ13 8LG moretonhampsteadmotormuseum.co.uk
The standard entrance fee is £8, but we might get a group discount, depending on numbers.
By car: There are two car parks:
- Station Road car park – if coming in from Exeter on the B3212 turn left at the cross roads, signposted Bovey Tracey. The car park is on the right-hand side and is the nearest to The Union Inn.
- Court Street car park. Go across at the cross roads, through the centre of Moreton, the car park is on the right-hand corner of the first road on the right. This is where the bus stops, there are toilets and this is the nearest car park to the Motor Museum.
By bus: Catch the 11.15 Country Bus 359 from Sidwell Street Stand 40. This arrives in Moreton Square (alight here for the Union Inn) at 12.05pm, and at the Court Street Car Park (for the Motor Museum) at 12.08 p.m. The return bus, from Court Street Car Park, is at 4.15pm arriving in Exeter at 5.09pm.
(Details to be confirmed)
Our speaker is Kevin Gaston, who is professor of biodiversity and conservation at the University of Exeter. He has a first degree in zoology from Sheffield and a PhD in biology from York. From 2010 to 2017 he was Director of the university’s Environment and Sustainability Institute, which is based on the Penryn campus.
He now leads a research team investigating the relationships between people and nature – the effects of people on nature and the effects of nature on people – and how nature can be renewed following the enormous losses that have been caused.
Working in collaboration with the National Trust, his team has recently obtained funding of £10 million from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for a project (called ReNew) to investigate and tackle biodiversity.