The historic bustling town of Honiton nestles on the southern banks of the River Otter in the beautiful rolling East Devon countryside. In 1724, writing about his travels through Britain, Daniel Defoe wrote that 'Coming down the hill and to the entrance to Honiton, the view of the country is the most beautiful landscape in the world'. Although Honiton may have changed somewhat over the years, it still retains a fine mile long high street (one of the longest in the southwest) lined with fine Georgian buildings, and has 15 blue plaques, pointing to its long and interesting history.
Made famous by its once internationally renowned lace and pottery, Honiton's past is intrinsically linked to it's position in the landscape, as a prime trading location at the intersection of two Roman roads - one from Exeter in the west onwards into the Blackdown Hills to the east and onwards towards London, and the other from the Roman signal station at Hembury fort to the north, and Roman harbour at Axmouth to the southeast. A Bronze Age urn and bones found at Honiton golf course, and Dumpdon Hill with its Iron Age hilltop camp gives further clues that our ancestors found the beautiful Otter Valley an ideal place to call home, just as I do today!
As well as calling Honiton home, being at the bottom of the Otter also valley also provides plenty of great viewpoints for my photography. With panoramic views over the Otter Valley, the top of Roundball Hill is my favorite location, just perfect for catching winter sunsets.