The View towards Fullabrook Down Wind Power Station, from near Crow Point (and the world famous Unesco Biosphere Reserve at Braunton Burrows) on the South West Coastal Footpath in Devon.

Fullabrook site from Crow Point
Looking towards the Fullabrook Down Wind Farm site, from Crow Point, by Braunton Burrows
This wonderful view, and this special place, will be defaced by giant turbines, as high again as the range of hills on the left of the photograph. Not only is our countryside going to be destroyed, but more coal and gas powered stations will have to be built to back up all the new wind farms that will be built. And as our CO2 emissions rise remorcelessly because of this, so will our fuel bills, as we are forced to pay the price of all of this destruction, in subsidies to the developers.

A walk from Braunton to Crow Point and back, July 2008, by Christine and John Lovelock, with link to multimap showing location of Crow Point.

Ash Down
We took the bus from Pottington in Barnstaple to Braunton, and walked down from Velator towards Crow Point. Here is the view looking back from the footpath by the river, towards Ash Down and the hill by Pippacott (both places are part of the site)

Cows among the bullrushes
Cows and bullrushes on the marshes.  This photograph was taken looking towards the sea, across the marshes and Braunton Burrows - you can just see the tip of Saunton Down in the distance. 
A boat and a stone building, and an old sign. There was a wonderful calmness about the scene here, reminding me of old Dutch paintings.
On the right: my brother John, stepping over a stone stile, with Saunton Downs behind in the distance.
John climbing stile
Geese, and a view across the Taw to the southern hills, above Fremington and Yelland. (Nov 2008: yet more turbines proposed to overlook the estuary at Bickleton (3 x 130m on these hills opposite)
Codden Hill
Here you can see Codden Hill in the distance, down the estuary beyond Barnstaple.
Towards Appledore
As we met the wider Taw estuary the sun came out, the sea became blue, and across the sands of Crow Point the sun shone on Appledore.
On the right, we are approaching the white house, as it is known.
The whie house
Walking here a couple of days before (without my camera) I had almost stepped on an adder - quite an exciting event! It was beautiful, but it was more frightened of me than I was of it,  and it vanished into the longer grass beside the path at great speed..
This is the canoeist that you can see in the previous photograph. We waved at her, but she had both arms occupied. How lovely it must have been, quietly paddling out there on the water.
car park
The car park just beyond the white house.  You can see Ash Down and the Fullabrook Down wind farm site clearly ahead of you.

Wild flowers
Wild flowers, just beyond the car park.

What is the point of having a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, and then allowing it to be overlooked by a power station?

The Christie Estates own Braunton Burrows, and Hector Christie (who supported of the Fullabrook Down Wind Power Station development) has said he would like see turbines on the Burrows, despite the fact that this is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
His brother Guy Christie is responsible for the giant turbine that will be built at Glyndebourne, the first to be built in a National Park.
down on the beach
Down on the beach, just below the dunes, as you turn inland after Crow Point, you will look straight at the Wind Power Station site, when and if it is built.
This is one of the best walks in North Devon, and part of the Tarka Trail and South West Coastal Path.  Walkers come here from all across Britain and abroad  because of the wonderful views.  At the Public Inquiry there was a suggestion by supporters of the Wind Power Station that it would attract tourists (of a different kind to those that come now) As the government plans to cover our countryside with thousands of turbines, tourists will be far more likely to be searching for the few landscapes remaining free of them.

We stopped on the beach, and had drinks and some fruit that we had brought with us. This is John, sitting on some boulders.
It had become quite hot (after a cold cloudy beginning to the day) and we wished we had brought our swimming costumes with us

 I decided to paddle a little, and nearly bumped into this beautifully coloured jellyfish.  It wasn't easy to photograph as it kept drifting towards me.  I presumed it wasn't a dangerous one, but didn't want to find out for sure by getting too close.

on the way back
On the way back, with the the tide going out, and Ash Down very much closer. We saw a helicopter flying in, and landing at RAF Chivenor. I didn't get my camera out in time to photograph it, but it came in in front of the woods on Ash Down that you see above here.
Those of us who live in this area are very aware of how often helicopters and heavier airplanes (Hurricanes?) fly low over this area. To deter aircraft, there will have to be lights on the Fullabrook turbines, which will  further destroy the rural nature of this region (this was only announced after the Public Inquiry)
from river
Another view of the site, from the river.

Despite the proposed lights, I couldn't help wondering about safety. Quite recently a helicopter crashed into pylons near Torrington, not far to the south of the estuary. They were stationary, not moving at great speed, as turbine blades do.  There are plenty of times when these hills are covered by low-lying cloud. It is already known that turbines interfere with radar systems, and may possibly produce radar "shadows" behind them.
john on path
John, approaching Braunton, near the end of our walk.
Now this is the kind of turbine that I am happy to see.
John at the bus stop
Just to confirm that - as usual - this was a Green excursion, I took this photograph as we waited at the bus stop in Braunton, opposite the George Hotel.

It was getting very hot, and the traffic was noisy. Then the bus was late, but never mind, it came in the end. We got off at Pottingon and went into Somerfields there, to buy ourselves something nice for lunch, before walking the last half mile home.

The Fullabrook Down Site from Codden Hill, to the East of Barnstaple (2008)
More and sunnier photos, Codden Hill updated (2009)
Other walks in the area:
Ash Down, Pippacott and Whitehall
The ancient Burland Lane and Fullabrook itself

Map of Fullabrook Site

More information about the Fullabrook Site