Friday, 27 April 2018

A-Z Challenge 2018 - British Rivers: 'X' Exe

"It is sweet to see how soon a spring becomes a rill, and a rill runs on into a rivulet, and a rivulet swells into a brook; and before one has time to say 'what are you at?' - before the first tree it ever spoke to is a dummy, or the first hill it ever ran down has turned blue, here we all have airs and graces, demands and assertions of a full grown river." - R.D. Blackmore. 

I'd like to think that he had the River Exe in mind when he wrote that.

The Exe rises on Exmoor in Somerset only 5 miles from the Bristol Channel. However it had a different route in mind, running south through Devon to reach its estuary at the city of Exeter.

River Exe at Tiverton
The Exe Valley Way, a long distance route, enables you to walk along the length of the river valley and enables you to appreciate the words of R.D. Blackmore (Author of Lorna Doone)

Photo attribution:
  • River Exe at Tiverton: 30 August 2010 by - CC BY-SA 2.0 Licence


Wendy said...

I didn't have those exact words, but I have thought the same thought as Blackmore as I've read several of your posts. Clever "X."

Joy said...

What a great theme. I’ll try to get back this weekend to read more about British rivers. I like how you solved the ‘X’ problem.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - love that part of the world ... and when I return - I must do some of this walk ... I've friends in nearby Wellington - stunning photo and delightful quote - cheers Hilary

Donna B. McNicol said...

I am forever linked to the UK, even if I never get a chance to visit. I grew up in Duxbury (Massachusetts) until 9th grade when we moved to New Hampshire and the town of Exeter.

Donna B. McNicol|Author and Traveler
A to Z Flash Fiction Stories | A to Z of Goldendoodles

Jo said...

Love that photo. This is a river I have heard of, woo hoo. Spent a few days in Exeter many years ago.

Pat Tillett said...

I would love to take a hike through that valley.
Great post Bob.