Kapoor Year 13: UK, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus travel blog

This Will Be Our First Time Exploring An English Moor, We Were...

The Lonely Planet Outlines A Route To Follow North Of Plymouth, It...

After Crossing Over A Cattle Grid And Climbing Up Some Steep Roads...

The Livestock Roam Free Here, Hence The Cattle Grids, The Speed Limit...

Here's A View Looking Up At One Of The 'Tors', With Cows...

A Short Distance Further On We Saw Some Ponies As Well, The...

We Parked The Car And Headed Uphill To A 'Snaking Stone Row'...

This Wasn't Mentioned In The Guide, It Looked Like A Small Cache,...

We Found The Tiny Stone Circle With Little Difficulty And Then Cut...

I Turned To Look Back Across The Valley And Noticed What Looked...

We Had To Watch Our Step, There Were Cow Pies Everywhere, It...

The Road Continued To Climb Higher And We Eventually Arrived At Princetown...

We Stopped Onto The Grounds Of The Prison But Didn't Go Inside,...

However We Did Have A Laugh Or Two At This Sign The...

The Prison Currently Hosts 650 Inmates, We Stopped Just Beyond The Town...

We Thought We Might Stop At The Two Bridges Hotel For Lunch...

The Building Was Beautiful And So Were The Grounds, But Too Many...

We Stepped Inside But Other Than The Fireplace Area, The Hotel Looked...

Instead We Carried On To Wee Postbridge And Opted For A Picnic...

We Wanted To See This Fine Example Of A 'Clapper Bridge', It...

From Our Wooden Bench, I Looked Across The River Dart At A...

The Road Kept Climbing Higher And Higher, Then We Came Upon A...

We'd Seen Similar Beasts In Scotland But Those Horns Never Fail To...

This Little Fellow Was Impressively Shaggy, He Wasn't Bothered At All By...

We Missed A Turn On The Route To Chagford And Ended Up...

When I Spotted The Church And Its Surrounding Graveyard, I Left Anil...

He's Never Understood My Fascination With Cemeteries, The Hindus Cremate Their Dead,...

I Loved The Little Thatched Cottages In The Town

But Especially This Thatched Building In The Middle Of A 'Y' Junction

Someone Had Gone To A Great Effort To Create This Sculpture That...

Our Route Back To Chagford Took Us Into Some Incredibly Narrow Lanes,...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Bath and Southwest England has to say about Dartmoor National Park:

“Dartmoor is Devon’s wild heart. Covering 368 sq miles, this vast national park feels like it’s tumbled straight out of a Tolkien tome, with its honey-coloured heaths, moss- smothered boulders, tinkling streams and eerie granite hills (known locally as tors).

On sunny days, Dartmoor is idyllic: ponies wander at will and sheep graze beside the road, making for a cinematic location used to memorable effect in Steven Spielberg’s WWI epic War Horse. But Dartmoor is also the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and in sleeting rain and swirling mists you’ll understand why; the moor morphs into a bleak wilderness where tales of a phantom hound can seem very real indeed.

It’s a haven for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, riding, climbing and white-water kayaking, and there are plenty of rustic pubs and country-house hotels to hunker down in when the fog rolls in.

Dartmoor Prison Museum

In the early 1800s Princetown’s jail was home to French and American prisoners of war, becoming a convict jail in 1850. Just up from the looming gates, this museum provides a chilling glimpse of life inside. Look out for straitjackets, manacles, escape stories and the makeshift knives made by modern prisoners.

You can also book a guided walk that skirts the prison perimeter and heads into otherwise out- of-bounds French and American cemeteries. The prison itself is still in use: it’s currently home to around 640 inmates.

Two Bridges

Perhaps the definitive historic moorland hotel: polished wood panels, huge inglenook fireplaces, and a guest list that includes Wallis Simpson, Winston Churchill and Vivien Leigh. The Premier and Historic rooms look positively museum worthy, with massive wooden four-poster beds and antique furniture aplenty; cheaper rooms are heavy on the florals.

Postbridge

The quaint hamlet of Postbridge owes its popularity, and its name, to its medieval stone slab or clapper bridge; a 13th-century structure with four, 3m-long slabs propped up on sturdy columns of stacked stones. Walking over takes you across the rushing East Dart River; a picturesque spot to whip off your boots and plunge your feet into water that’s quite possibly never felt so cold.

Chagford & Moretonhampstead

With its wonky thatches and cream- and white-fronted buildings, Chagford clusters on the edge of Dartmoor around a picturesque square. But this apparently timeless moorland scene is also now home to some supremely stylish places to eat and sleep.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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