A short jaunt on the moors

Trip Start May 01, 2012
Trip End May 15, 2012

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Got up early to take some photos of the castle in the sun and then got breakfast at a coffee house next door (still have to ask for cream and they give you whipping cream).  Beautiful sunny day so we drove straight to DartMoor.

  From a previous trip I knew we could go straight up on to the moor from Belstone.  We got there and found that there was even a car park!
We walked the very steep road up to the gate onto the moor.  It is a very tame place in the beautiful summer sun and a scary place in the fog and the rain.  Today it was very beautiful and everything looked nearby.
   Mom had difficulty with the rocks so my goal of climbing the first hill there and seeing what I saw 10 years ago in the rain but this time in the sun was slow careful stepping between the rocks.. Eventually she waited on the near side of the tor while I clambered over a few rocks and took some pictures.
    We ambled back down after a few hours and got a very good beer at the pub there. I wanted a second but it became very crowded with young hikers.  We looked for a place to have lunch in Sticklepath and were directed to a tea garden behind the nat. trust. foundry there.
Very nice in the sunshine and had a couple of meat pastries.  From there we drove some narrow lanes to Chagford.
  Chagford turned out to be quite the place.  I had been there before for dinner at the 3 Crowns in the evening but now we found it a small, beautiful village with all of the amenities - ATM, grocery store, gas station, delicatessen, a convenient car park, and an amazing hiking/everything store - from which we bought much stuff.   The Globe Inn was delightful. Beautiful inside and out with a reasonably sized room with all of a modern sensible bath.  Our room, the willow had a nice view of the old church across the lane..  The bartender/host , Nick is the star of the show there. He almost sings when he talks and adds a lot of personality to the hotel.  He and Jane were always in attendance if anything is needed.
      Every evening we took the pilgrimage to a sheep field in sort of the middle of the village which has a bench that overlooks  the valley and hills on the west side of town.  The sun illiminates the scene in a special way in the evenings.
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