During our first couple of days we toured the local coastline and Dartmoor, then on the Tuesday and Wednesday we enjoyed a small family reunion, meeting with a couple of Judi’s cousins. One lives a few miles away in Bovey Tracey, while the other is from Weston-Super-Mare. We all met at our condo for a re-union and dinner on Tuesday, then we headed to Bovey Tracey the following day.
Thursday we completed a round robin trip with the Dartmouth Steam Train and Riverboat Company, that included a steam train, river cruise and bus.
Growing up in UK, I had heard lots of stories about Dartmoor, the large area of somewhat desolate moorland in Southern Devon. It was famous for its wild ponies and craggy landscape, which I recall was used extensively for military and non-military survival training.
The moors contain UK’s largest area of granite, with much of Dartmoor covered in exposed granite peaks, known locally as “tors“. As we discovered, the area is also susceptible to abundant rainfall, resulting in extensive areas of bogs and peat. Granite and bogs, an interesting combination of 2 extremes.
Therefore, this was another area of UK, which I had not previously seen, that I was really looking forward to visiting.