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Widecombe-in-the-Moor - 1/3/82 -cold, overcast, occasional rain

Slept in until 8 am and had breakfast at 8.30. Went for a walk around farm and saw lambs and cows and horses. Very muddy and slushy. Walked up behind the farm and saw wild ponies. Narrow rushing streams everywhere. Drove to Postbridge where there is an old 'Clapper Bridge' built in the 1400s - very old and cute. Rushing river underneath. Drove through Twobridge to Tavistock. Passed old tin mines. Scenery very wild and bleak. Tavistock old city of grey buildings founded by monks in 974 AD. Did shopping in little arcade. Drove down to Plymouth - big city where we bought some Wellingtons and a duffle coat.

Went to the Hoe and Barbican. Barbican is a dock area full of lovely very narrow cobbled streets and the Hoe overlooks the harbour. There is a memorial to Sir Francis Drake who first circumnavigated the world and led Spanish Armada. The Mayflower left for America from here. Very cold, sea breezes and big red and white lighthouse - designed by Edison. Drove to Totnes, very pretty little village in a valley with beautiful countryside. Narrow steep main street with old clock over it. Old ruined Norman Castle. Drove through Paignton to Brixham on Tor Bay - quaint narrow cobbled streets with houses crammed on the hill. Overlooking docking area for boats. Went to Berry Head where there are old fortifications with canons facing out to sea. Stopped at Lockington - lovely old village with thatched cottages and narrow cobbled streets. Torquay - all amusements and most shops closed because of winter. Managed to find place for fish and chips for dinner. Went back to Widecombe. Watched TV and then went up to the Old Inn for a drink.



Clapper Bridge

Clapper Bridge

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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