East Devon is truly 'England's green and pleasant land'. Between the River Exe in the west and the River Axe in the east lies a patchwork quilt of wood and pasture, dotted with villages, hamlets and scattered farms that have existed since before Domesday. In Exe to Axe Devonian Gerald Gosling takes the reader on a journey, illustrated with rare and atmospheric old photographs, through one of this country's most charming and still unspoilt corners, by way of farms adn ancient churches, along hidden lanes and past gentle rivers, all characteristic elements of this distinctive place. Not forgotten are the bustling seaside resorts, such as Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Seaton, or the people themselves, including cider makers and carpet manufacturers.
The author's knowledge and enthusiasm for his home county are evident in this entertaining tour through the region between Exe and Axe, a journey of discovery that will be if interest to resident and tourist alike.