Friday 25th March 2016
London March 2016
Brunel at Paddington before I departed London in the morning.
Got the bus from Exeter to this junction which the closest it went to Belstone.
Reassuringly the sign telling me I'm entering Dartmoor National Park.
Lovely sky today, seen over the fields on the way into Belstone.
Daffodils. I was full of the joys of spring.
Thatched cottages in Belstone.
The old telegraph office in Belstone.
The Tors Inn. It may not be the best looking pub in Dartmoor...
...but it quite possibly has the best looking beer garden.
This was a really lovely spot to have lunch.
Eventually I dragged myself away from the idyllic beer garden of the Tors Inn at Belstone for the main part of my walk - following the Taw River, taking in Belstone Cleave, to Sticklepath.
The path crosses back and forth over the river several times, each with a picturesque little bridge.
Along the path.
Lovely moss covered rocks.
Plenty of lichen.
One of several bridges I crossed over the river Taw.
...and another bridge.
There actually weren't that many signposts along the route, despite it being part of the Tarka Trail. This was as I was nearing Sticklepath.
Free range eggs for sale (I could see the hens in the background).
Pub number 2 of the day - the Taw River Inn in Stickelpath. This was decent enough - and the beer was incredibly cheap (£2.60 a pint!) but ultimately rather eclipsed by the next pub...
A very organic roof across the road from the Taw River Inn.
Another shot of the Taw River Inn.
...and here we have the outside of my favourite pub of the day - the beautiful Devonshire Inn.
One of several rooms inside the Devonshire Inn.
...and another. Just lovely.
Met up with Dad and Janie at the Devonshire Inn (I'd actually just left as they arrived, but I liked it so much I went back again). Janie wanted me to take a picture of this to remember it.
Now in South Zeal, very close to Sticklepath - and pub number 4, the Kings Arms.
Dad's green beer. He wasn't wholly impressed.
Very attractive pub exterior - somehow after the splendour of the Devonshire Inn the interior here didn't really do it for me.
A couple of interior shots of pub number 5, the Oxenham Arms, more of a hotel really, pub the bar i actually quite pubby.
A suit of armour.