We visited two important donkey related places last weekend. First we went to Clovelly, a small fishing village on the north coast of Devon which is famous for its donkeys that still work the cobbled streets carrying things up and down for the tourists and local people. We met Sue and Bart who run the whole donkey operation and were shown around the stables where their 15 donkeys live.
The Donkey Stables at Clovelly
Next we went to the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth which is the opposite end of Devon. We were shown around by Lionel Ford, our main contact at the Donkey Sanctuary. We saw the indoor riding centre for special needs children, the hospital area where there was a donkey getting his head x-rayed and of course we had a look round the gift shop! The Donkey Sanctuary is set in the most beautiful place by the sea and there are fields full of donkeys which are very picturesque. Everything is done to the highest standards with no expense spared. Lots of happy donkeys and happy people!
A field of donkeys
Jan and Siobhan with a Donkey Sanctuary vet showing us a poor donkey with foot problems.
Jan and Lionel Ford with a very hairy Poitou donkey.