last year we did a great walk from Bellever, up on to the moor, past the Snaily House, where 3 sisters allegedly lived, never went to town and only ate snails and down to the river again through a very scratchy gorse patch. I got very burned but it was a lovely walk. This year we couldn’t repeat it as Max had hurt his ankle so we took the girls to just play in the river and jump on stones.
It always makes me laugh that Max takes us places he undoubtedly used to bring girlfriends and a bottle of wine. While we were there some 20 something lad and his lady turned up with wine, bbq and blanket – they looked a bit askance at the girls’ presence! We left. Seemed only fair 😆
It’s another great free place to play anyway.
Castle Drogo isn’t technically free but National Trust membership is one of our must haves. We use Castle Drogo a lot; it’s a great place to actually go but also ideal to pop into for a quick picnic or a short visit. On this particular day we admired the walled garden, took lots of pics for inspiration in our garden and discussed the clever bindweed extermination programme they have going on there in some (a lot of!) detail.
We always like the little house, this year boarded up due to the wolf getting in and trashing the joint after his plan to eat grandma were foiled thanks to him having been chipped with a GPRS receiver.
One thing you can’t do on Dartmoor is let cold, wet and windy stop play. Thursday was wful and we spent some of it at the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey, a pleasant place to waste some time for the cost of the inevitable bag of marbles in the shop.
Afterwards though we took them to Haytor, which you can see for miles on Dartmoor. We always get this one and Hound Tor mixed up as Haytor looks like teeth and ought to be Hound Tor. It was a wet and wild climb but children should be made to do such things I think.