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It was forecast to be quite a good day, but everything is relative so we decided to head to Dartmoor a great expanse of wilderness. However before we got on to the moor we stopped at Totnes which sits on the west bank of the River Dart. We discovered a rather nice market town and enjoyed a wander through the streets in the sunshine. The prosperity of the town dates back to the 16th century when Totnes as an inland port exported cloth to France and bought back wine. Many of the building in the town reflect this period. The town also had a castle a typical Norman motte and bailey design which gave great views of the town and the River Dart valley.

After leaving Totnes we headed onto Dartmoor which is a wild and craggy place. As we explored by road the weather started to come in. As we reached Princetown in the heart of the moor the heavens opened. Princetown fame originates from having Dartmoor Prison, a high security jail, built originally for POWs captured in the Napoleonic Wars. We called in at the Dartmoor National park visitor’s centre and picked up a few suggested walks should the weather improve during the week. One lives in hope!

As the weather was so bad we decided to head back to base stopping briefly at Widecombe-in-the-Moor made famous by an old Devon folk song Widecombe Fair about a man called Tom Pearce whose horse dies after someone borrows it to travel to the fair in Widecombe with his friends. It is rather a fun song which we both remember singing as children.



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