Our Bank Holiday Weekend guests had to turn back on their journey to Devon as the traffic was so horrendous that a 3 hour journey was going to take 7 hours! As we all know, travelling for any length of time with kids in the car if it’s not nap time can be a challenge so I don’t blame them at all for deciding it was better just to go home again.
It meant we were left with an afternoon to ourselves and the sun was shining so off we went out for a walk.
We moved to Ottery St Mary a month ago and we are still exploring. The Tumbling Weir was on our To See list as a tourist attraction here in the town. You’d be forgiven for walking straight past the entrance as it currently looks like a building site! Immediately next to the road leading to the weir is a construction site where more houses are being built but follow the brown sign for The Tumbling Weir Hotel and you’ll find it. It’s tucked away and now looks a little sad but it’s worth a visit if you’re interested in a little bit of history.
It’s a man-made circular weir that allows the water from the stream to reach the River Otter (Wiki). There’s a bit more to it than that but you’ll read all about it on the information board that’s here.
With the factory now closed, there’s not much else to see here but the history is fascinating and from here there’s more to explore in Ottery St Mary.
Follow the path next to the River Otter up to the bridge and stop for a game of pooh-sticks.
And then visit the playground at Land of Canaan – careful though, on a hot day one of the slides can’t be used. We found that out just in the nick of time and managed to save our daughter’s bare legs!
You could always have a picnic here as there’s plenty of space or have a wander into the centre of Ottery St Mary. There’s a Sainsbury’s if you want it but we would recommend Tickety-Boo, a cafe that serves good coffee and lovely food and has a great indoor play area for under-11s and a baby play zone.
A delicious coffee and a slice of cake was just what was needed to re-fuel for the walk home.