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My favourite places: Ed Temperley, WAES Footwear

Cool waterside eateries, fab beaches and wine tours? We likey! Muddy takes a peek in the address book of the guy who's created the world's first plastic-free sneaker.

It’s not every day Muddy gets to talk to an inventor of a global first, so we were just a teeny bit excited to scoop an interview with Ed Temperley. Ed, who is the cuz of fashion designer Alice, is the co-founder with Damian Quinn of the world’s first plastic-free sneaker, WAES , a 100% biodegradable shoe which is not only easy on the planet, it’s easy on the eye. Think 70s retro tennis shoe, on point with everything in your wardrobe and whoop, whoop, Muddy has snaffled a pair to give-away to one lucky reader (see below)!

As founding editor of the world’s most-used surfing website, Magicseaweed, and a mad-keen surfer himself, he’s witnessed plastic pollution at first hand, piled up on pristine shores in the remotest parts of the planet, so it’s no surprise he cares about reducing plastic use.

Cue WAES’ gorgeous plastic-free sneakers, launched just as lockdown hit. He and his wife also had a new baby at the same time, so you gotta admire the guy!

We tracked Ed down to his Kingsbridge home where he lives with his scientist wife, Jules, and their two young children to discover his favourite spots for surfing, scoffing, quaffing and being outdoorsy in Devon and beyond.

Bantham beach

Bantham is my local beach and the most consistent spot in South Devon for well-shaped waves, and it’s beautiful. You can paddle-board, go boating or fishing and in spring, the walk to Aveton Gifford has the widest diversity of spring flowers. It’s always busy so you have to get there first thing – you don’t want to be heading down those windy lanes later in the day as it gets jammed with cars leaving the beach. And yes, I do know some secret beaches, but that’s exactly what they are, secret!

The Barrel House, Totnes

I love The Barrel House for live music and all the local Devon musicians they support, like Freshly Squeezed for funk and hiphop (and Nick the Fish lighting up local shindigs). And I don’t mind a Salcombe Gin and tonic while I’m there too.

Britannia at the Beach, Beesands

The Shack is just the best place for proper local-caught fish. You can get a takeaway of lemon sole with scallops or a sea bream with a delicious gratin. Then you can take it with your glass of wine from the pub next door (The Cricket Inn) and sit on the beach. Just incredible.

The Tower Inn, Slapton

My fave for Sunday roasts which you can get almost all year-round except in the middle of the summer. It’s old and characterful, situated underneath an old 14th century tower and it’s a got a great beer garden.

Somerset Cider Company, Burrow Hill

I grew up next door to my uncle’s cider farm and I’ve worked on their Cider Bus at Glastonbury since I was a teenager. In fact, that’s how I met my wife, Jules. There’s always loads going on, and this summer, they’re doing a Saturday pop-up every weekend, with The Cider Bus, live music, great food and fun acts, like trapeze and tightrope walkers. Last weekend it was a fantastic trapeze artist called Chris Bullzini (my cousin Tilly likes photographing circus acts). Their cider is the best in the world. Honestly, I’m not just saying that. It’s delicious.

Anchorstone Cafe, Dittisham

Incredible food in an incredible location next to the River Dart at Dittisham, or rather I should say like the locals, Ditcham. You can sit right on the water and eat delicious local fish, crab and mussels and wine from Sharpham (see below).

Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Totnes

A great place for a stroll around the vines, and I love to eat at the al fresco pop-up out front, (Cellar Door Cafe). They do fish and shellfish, and burgers made from 30 day dry aged beef with Sharpham Cheese. The views of the River Dart from the vineyard are fabulous.

Château Lestevenie, Bergerac

About 10 years ago my father rang to tell me he was buying a vineyard in Bergerac. At the time I thought it was a terrible idea but it’s all worked out rather well! They produce a low-impact wine – their version of organic – which is awful because it doesn’t give you a hangover. You can do vineyard tours and tastings and they also do super-engaging wildlife tours.

The Crabshell Inn, The Quay, Kingsbridge

It’s the prime place to standup up paddle over high tide followed by a sundowner and a fresh pizza with friends. 

Want to get your tootsies into some WAES? Hot-foot it over to the Muddy Devon instagram for the chance to win your choice of a pair of leather or vegan plastic-free sneakers worth up to £190!

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