I don't have words to describe this place. Beautiful, quirky, scenic, steep, quaint...all of those, certainly, and more I will have to let my photos do the explaining for me.
If you click on this first photo to make it larger, you will see on the far top left street an orange dot. Just keep that in mind. This first photo was take after we had walked through the village and up onto a hill.
From the same hill. I remember this part of the coastline from some episodes in the show.
Here we are just walking into town, looking for familiar sights. We recognized so many! The parking area was about a half mile of so uphill from town. You could drive in but it would not be a good idea because the streets are so narrow and quite busy with tourists and locals.
We were ridiculously excited when we spied Doc Martin's house! It is the smaller one on the left of the three houses in the center of this photo.
A bit closer view. I could not wait to actually get over there and see it close up! How silly is that?
But first we walked down to the harbor to watch the boats coming in and to pick up some stones.
As I said, congestion! These tourists found themselves at a standoff until one finally gave in and backed up.
This fellow was enjoying himself too.
Lobster traps were piled high, testament to the real industry in this village.
Right by the harbor is a fish market where the day's catch is readily available for your supper.
Then up the hill (this is looking back down at the village) and at last...
The doc's house!
And my happy face in front of it, so amazed to actually be there.
It was a steep climb up the hill to where we would be able to see the whole village, and I wasn't sure we could do it. Then we saw two women older than us climbing it, and that settled it. Up we went! It was certainly steep and not the easiest walking but it was definitely worth the climb.
From the top of the hill, looking southwest.
Caves in the rocks below, as there seem to be all along Cornwall's west coast.
There is a bench on top of the hill, perfect for just sitting and taking in the beauty. This bench is also seen in the TV shows.
Incredible. I still can't believe I saw this.
And back down the path. This was the easy section!
More familiar buildings...
including the doc's surgery as we came back down the hill.
...and in town, the pharmacy...
Narrow, narrow streets...
The schoolhouse where the doc's love interest taught, and which is actually a restaurant where we had lunch.
Larry's Cornish pasty lunch, with beautiful English fries.
I had to try making them at home, and they didn't come out too bad. Click here for one recipe for these tasty meat pies.
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