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Teignbridge District

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  • Day7

    Walking - Day 2

    May 10, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Today's Route - Chagford to Widecombe in the Moor
    Distance - 21.8km
    Beers Earned - 6.7 (each !!!)
    Weather - sun, wind, clouds, 5 minutes of hail, 3 minutes of rain

    A lot of variety on today's stretch ... villages, meadows, woods, farms, national park, ancient settlements and monuments, bronze age burial barrows and, of course, miles and miles of moors.

    The first part of our walk was on the Mariners' Way, reputed to have been the long distance route between Dartmouth (on the south coast) and Bideford (110km away on the north coast). Centuries ago, sailors would travel between the two ports when transferring from one ship to sail on another or when looking for work at either of the ports. It was a very pretty walk with nice views, fields full of fluffy lambs and bluebells in flower but we're pretty sure the ancient sailors weren't ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the scenery like we were.

    We crossed the cattle grid into the Dartmoor National Park and followed the instructions in the trail guide ... "leave the road any time after the cattle grid, make your way southwards, avoid the wet ground by the streams". With the moors stretching as far as the eye can see it's a little daunting to just "make your way" but that's what we're here for. There was a trail, of sorts, to follow ... or maybe it was a livestock track ... or just some flat grass ... but the GPS buzzed when it thought we weren't going in the right direction. In some areas deeper into the park there was a definite path so they were the easy bits but others areas were more reliant on the buzzy GPS.

    Unfortunately our buzzy friend didn't help identify the marshy, boggy, slippery, muddy bits that look like terra firma but really aren't. Lots of fun to be had slipping around in those sections.

    According to the literature, prehistoric remains on Dartmoor date back to the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, including Grimspound which is one of the best preserved Bronze Age enclosures on the moor. The trail guide suggests using ancient remains as way-markers but let's be honest, some of them just look like every other pile of rocks.

    One chap we met on the trail told us to look out for the posts across the top of the next high section of the moor. Barbed wire was strung between the posts in WWII to stop the Germans from landing on the flat expanse.

    Knowing that more rain falls on the moor than in the surrounding low lands, we expected to get a proper drenching as we crossed the top. Instead we watched as the rain clouds skirted around us and dumped hail on the low lands. Our B&B hosts had lit the fire expecting the arrival of 2 wet and bedraggled guests but we arrived dry and chirpy after a great day of walking.
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  • Oct14

    Dornafield Park

    October 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A wet morning of driving through narrow flooded roads meant we didn't make it to Torquay! We found this amazing motorhome site (or pitch as they are called here) and are having a relaxing time.

  • Day54

    Das Wandern ist des Elkes Lust!

    October 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Am Tag der Deutschen Einheit habe ich natürlich auch meinen freien Tag in England eingefordert :)
    Tourguide Paul hat den matschigsten Weg durchs westliche Dartmoor gefunden und der Regen hat sich heute mal Urlaub genommen.Read more

  • Day538

    Dawlish

    November 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    We have returned to a site in Dawlish where we stayed earlier in the year. We are booked into this site for a week, the longest we ever spend anywhere. There is such a lot to see and do in this area, and the site has a great indoor pool and spa, which we plan on using.
    On our first day we walked to Powderham Castle, the historical home of the Earl of Devon which was holding a Michaelmas Fair. We walked along the Exe river path circling into the Castle grounds via the north. The estate was teeming with deer within the boundary walls and the gardens were extensive. We dallied a little while at the fair then returned via the estate farm shops which were at the main lodge gate - all very upmarket and reasonably priced. We managed just over 12 miles in all.
    Day two saw us get the bus into Newton Abbot, the ride was quite interesting passing along the coast and through Teignmouth - the valley is wide with great views from the bus across the water. Newton Abbot did not hold our attention for too long.
    Day three saw us wrap up warm and take the cycle route to Exeter along the Exe River path- passing Powderham Castle once again we followed the Exeter Canal pathway to the Exeter Quayside from where it was a short walk up to the city centre. The Quayside is host to a number of craft shops which had an interesting set of wares.
    Once up at the city we found that the Cathedral Square was buzzing with people as the Xmas Market had just that day opened for business. The stall holders were doing a good trade and the pop up pubs were very busy. We had a wander along the high street and returned to our bikes just in time to make it back to Dawlish before it got too dark. We covered about 25 miles on the bike.
    Day four was a stay at home day. The outside temperatures were noticeably warmer than the previous three days with sun for most of the day. K spent some time with her sewing machine whilst A cleaned the outside of the van. We spent some time in the indoor pool, using the sauna and hot tub after a swim. The pool was quite busy with many families in there as it was a Sunday. The next day we awoke to blue skies and sun again. We walked along the coastal path through Dawlish and then onto Teignmouth. We were impressed with Teignmouth, and wandered around the shops and along the seafront to the pier. The pier itself was shut, but Karen enjoyed playing in the amusement arcade at the entrance to it. Again we just managed to get back to Chloe before darkness fell. Another 9 miles clocked up - we are certainly managing to get in our exercise each day! We were in a shop when Stewart wattsapped a video of an interview on BBC news that had just happened following the Newsnight Interview with Prince Andrew. Proud parents walked back to Dawlish. What remarkable children we have?
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  • Day481

    Dawlish

    September 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We moved a few miles north to a site at Dawlish which had a spa and pool. We had a quick look at Torquay on our way which looked nice in the sunshine. The port and marina were busy.
    We walked into Dawlish from our site one day alongside the railway and along the sea wall. This was the section destroyed by the big storm a few years ago all nicely repaired. The sea was lapping up the new sea wall as we passed through.
    We enjoyed the swimming and spa facilities at the site.
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  • Day4

    Portsmouth und Stonehenge

    August 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    HMS Victory, das Flagschiff Admiral Nelsons, leider ohne die großen Masten, da es renoviert wird.
    HMS Warrior, die 1860 als Kriegsschiff vom Stapel lief.

    Stonehenge - ein beeindruckendes Monument, aber Unmengen von BesuchernRead more

  • Day4

    Buckland in the Moor

    August 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Andiamo verso il Dartmoor National Park e puntiamo il navigatore su Buckland in the Moor che non è altro che quattro case lungo la strada con i tetti in paglia e dei giardini molto ben tenuti. Anche qui le strade sono strettissime e fiancheggiate da alti muri che si devono sfiorare se non toccare quando si incrociano altre auto.
    Ci fermiamo in uno slargo della strada per fare uno spuntino con della frutta e dei biscottini che abbiamo comprato in città.
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  • Day4

    Dartmoor National Park

    August 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Il paesaggio del parco è molto bello. Possiamo di fianco ad una chiesetta del XIV secolo che andiamo a visitare. Sta per iniziare una funzione e una signora che sta per arrivare ci invita a parteciparvi dicendo che poi ci avrebbero offerto caffè, te e biscottini.... Non abbiamo tempo e continuiamo il viaggio godendoci i prati, i fiori ed il bel panorama...Read more

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