Tuesday, 10 August 2010


We're very happy to report that the swallows returned to Forda once more this year - providing hours of amusement for our guests as they safely raised their young families before leaving us for another year!

Top Gear

Many of you are no doubt fans of Top Gear - and will have watched 'Jezza', 'Hamster' and 'Captain Slow' on Sunday 18th July, facing the challenge of building their own interesting motorhomes for a trip down to Cornwall.

Towards the end of the programme they were filmed driving up the A39 through Kilkhampton, and the London Inn was clearly visible.

After this they went to Hartland Quay - where Jeremy sat on a rock eating ice-cream whilst Hammond and May pushed his motorhome over a cliff in the background!

Nice weather for ducks - and fishing!

Well, the weather has been a little variable these last few weeks - we've had glorious, sunny days interspersed with...well, pretty wet ones really!
Luckily, the rain hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of the fishermen and women here at Forda, and by all accounts the ponds have been fishing really well.

The biggest photographed capture so far this season is a 14lb common carp - congratulations to Dylan Taylor (pictured) for that one! We know that there are bigger fish just waiting to be caught though, and will publish new photos as and when we get them.

We're really pleased that we've been able to introduce some brand new anglers to fishing, thanks to Colin, our fishing coach. Judging from some of the successful catches following a coaching session, we're pretty sure that we've created some life-long fishing fanatics!

All Change!

The end of July saw some changes here at Forda!

Our manager Bee decided to head for pastures new (literally!) and is embarking on a new career looking after animals and farming at a local attraction. We wish her the very best of luck for the future.

And speaking of luck, just as Bee left, Jayne & Colin arrived.

They have been trying to move to the area for some time, having spent all of their holidays here at Forda for the last ten years. Finally, they've sold their house and made the move, so we are pleased to welcome Jayne to the team, in place of Bee.

Colin is an experienced angler and qualified fishing coach, and has already carried out some coaching sessions for our guests, which have been a great success. Several years ago, Colin taught our son Harry how to fish and he has since become a very keen and competent fisherman.