24 December 2014

Christmas Eve Pootle to Princetown

Heading towards  Princetown via Holn

Blackthorn tree festooned with lichen

The easiest road onto the Moor from Exeter today is via Ashburton and Holn and with little traffic to hinder progress.
Crossing the river Dart near the outward bound school we pause to see the river where dozens of canoeists are enjoying a full spate of  water flow. Ninety inches per year falls up here and it has a long way to go.
December 24th and the gorse bushes are in blossom. It should soon be  possible to enjoy the song of the  skylark high on the Moor from dawn to dusk.

Princetown is reached at midday and The Fox Tor Cafe
newly discovered. This seems to be the eating house of choice for locals and for the bevy of cyclists that have descended upon these tables today. The service is excellent, the food wholesome and generous and the atmosphere warm and friendly.  What more could anyone ask for, so close to Her Majesties Prison, without committing a crime.

Ancient fields of Dartmoor

Actually we were only supposed to park in the main street for  thirty minutes and broke the law a little.

Heading towards Princetown 

Showers heading our way


Two log burners keep the place very comfortable and for the walkers and cyclists there is a bunk house attached.

The Exhibition of photography we had hoped to view at the Town Hall is unfortunately not open until Boxing day and we happen to have arrived forty eight hours early!

Ancient woodland hides the Dart river

The Morgan almost lost from sight - just 40 Yards away

High road looking north-west towards Chagford.

After this most relaxing all day breakfast meal we head home past the Warren House Inn and Grimspound, Widdecombe and Bovey Tracey.
The Morgan is performing exactly as it should but now looking decidedly mucky. The Royal Ivory is in need of a good clean up. Some marine polish will do - a P.T.F.E..water repellent easy shine (Star-Brite).

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