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-- 17 February, 2005 --

Dartmoor moods

The Yorkshire Dales were beautiful but my heart still lies on Dartmoor.
I wonder if it is because my great grandfather was born in a village on the southern edge of the moors. I never get tired of driving through the Dartmoor National Park. There is always something new to see over each rise and around every corner. I even know now where I am most likely to find a herd of Dartmoor ponies. The weather here can be extremely unpredictable and the fog closes in very quickly. This day was very windy ... wonderful! ponies.jpg
Widecombe.jpg The villages scattered around and on the moors are full of surprises and the narrowest lanes to drive down. There are lots of little art galleries and craft shops to browse through. This is Widecombe-in-the-Moor which the Uncle Tom Cobley song is about. We like to stay in a tiny village on the edge of the moors called Drewsteignton. The pub there is renowned for having had England's oldest and longest serving publican. It used to be a nice place to stay but, since it has been sold recently, it is not what it used to be. This year we stayed in a great guest house in the village called The Old Inn, which is run by a lovely young couple.

Posted by robynls at February 17, 2005 7:05 PM


Robyn, I have a friend who loves Dartmoor the best too... she has written several books on England that you might like - her name is Susan Allen Toth and she also writes regular articles on Scotland for "Scotland" magazine. Her original book on traveling in Britain is called "My Love Affair with England" and is very good.
Thanks for this travelogue - it's almost as good as being there.

Posted by: Bex at February 17, 2005 10:00 PM

Ooh, a shiver runs down my spine - I can envisage the dreaded Hound of the Baskervilles lurking somewhere on the moody, misty moors. It'd be an area of great artistic inspiration.

Posted by: Detlef at February 18, 2005 7:05 AM

The photographs are absolutely wonderful and gives me the urge to go traveling. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: mz. em at February 19, 2005 4:46 AM

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