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Widecombe in the Moor - 28/2/82 - Cold, overcast and drizzle

Woke up to beautiful view of lush countryside with sheep and cattle and gurgling sound from stream. Given cup of tea in bed at 8 am and went for walk through slush and mud to pat the cows. Magnificent breakfast at 9 am. Grapefruit, egg on toast with tomato and thick ham. Went to see Bickleigh Castle but closed - looked more like manor house. Drove over Bickleigh bridge - lovely old narrow stone bridge. Drove through narrow lanes of Bickleigh Village. Houses right on road and all have thatched roofs. Drive for miles before you can turn around. All country lanes very narrow and have high hedges - often can't see over them. Countryside absolutely beautiful. Took back streets. Drove to Chearton, then Yeoford to Whiddon Down.

Heading for Dartmoor but car smells so bad we’re going to exchange it in Bristol. Just got outside Exeter on M5 when we broke down - waited 2-½ hours for AA and then drove to Cullompton and waited another 1-½ hours for a new car from Bristol - not a mini and more roomy. Drove straight down M5 to Exeter and then to Dartmoor. Stopped at lovely village of Ashlarton for tea and sandwiches. Yummy food. It is on the border of Dartmoor. Countryside really changed - often treeless craggy plains and lots of rocks. Rock walls. Saw wild Dartmoor ponies. Very narrow lanes and eerie atmosphere. Arrived in little village of Widecombe-in-the-moor and both fell in love. Absolutely divine. Tiny little streets. Found Venton Farm ½ mile out in lovely craggy area. Owners Betty and Peter very friendly. Gave us tea and home made cake on arrival. Lounge room has wood stove and bay windows with shutters. Walls are 4-½ feet thick. Bedroom very nice with bay window up narrowest and windy staircase. We love it here. Cost 5 pounds. 50 each. Went to local pub very old, built in 1739 and they had two musicians.



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