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Fog & mist to Devon

Bickleigh - Riverside B & B - 27/2/82 - drizzle, misty and very cold

Had English breakfast and left at 9 am. Drove to Cathedral and walked in park. Cathedral closed. Drove up to Marlborough and on way to Devizes passed Silbury Hill which had water around it with lots of swans. Built by Romans out of chalk and rubble and is the biggest earthmound in Europe - stands 130 feet high and base is 5-½ acres. As we drove past Fovant - Australian badges carved in chalk hillside - done during 1st World War. Drove through Tisbury and Hindor and saw horses and hounds chasing a fox. Stopped at lovely pub called the Talbot Hotel at Iverneminster near Blandford and I had lovely toasted ham and pineapple sandwiches. The ham was nice and thick. Had drive in through Shaftesbury - lovely old town with narrow streets. Went to Dorchester and had wanted to see Cerne Abbas man but fog too thick. Visibility on roads very poor. Went to Maiden Castle which is largest Roman earthworks in Europe. Done 2000 BC and covers 120 acres. Very misty and had to walk up steep hill which was muddy and slippery. Could only see about 10 feet in front of you. Very eerie and scared, as we couldn't find our way back to car. Amazing long barrows and mounds.

Drove through Bridport and Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis nice little town with steep narrow streets. Couldn’t see beach because of fog. Became very wet from walking in mist. Now in Devon - stopped at little town called Newton Poppleford and had tea with home-made scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream - beautiful. Drove through Exeter and got lost. Drove up to Bickleigh - beautiful little village on fast flowing stream. All homes have thatched roofs. Staying at B & B called Riverside on narrow little stream at 5 pounds 50p each. Beautiful comfy room overlooking stream. Heater and electric blanket. Owner offered us cup of tea. Went to the Trout Inn - huge 1600 thatched roof inn. Beautifully furnished with old chairs and lounges. Crooked floors and log fire. Had dinner and went home to bed.



Cute bridge in Devon

Cute bridge in Devon

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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