Breakfast at House of Marbles

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House of marbles cafe/restaraunt

Arrived Bovey Tracey about 10:00 looking for breakfast , i went to the House of Marbles which is a glassware store just before Bovey ,which also has a 'museum' display of glass and ceramics  and a cafe .I got a reasonable veggie breakfast with a top-up of coffee and read the cafe newspaper (about the football the previous evening), breakfast was somewhat marred by one of my pet hates ; which is people using mobile phones in enclosed public places , and the other diners' (petty) loud conversation went on for about 5 minutes with us all having to listen .Breakfast cost £6.35  thats about $13.

Outside in the carpark they have a vintage model Austin 7 in the carpark , dont see many of them nowadays (pic included for any old car enthusiasts).

Just to explain , Devon is a county in south west england and Dartmoor is a large National Park within the county.

Austin seven in carpark outside

From Bovey  i took the narrow windy road up into dartmoor national park heading towards Hay Tor , a feature of dartmoor is that the roads are narrow and many are 'sunken' and have bordering  hedges which you cant always see beyond .The roads are usually pretty quiet of other vehicles  which is just as well because there are many places where there isnt enough room for two cars to pass in opposite directions.

Originally i had intended to take one of the guided walks  today ,  run by Dartmoor Visitor group.

http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/vi-dartmoorvisitor   todays walk was a six hour walk and i chickened out partly because  that would be maybe too strenuous for me, but also because it would take up most of the day .

Glass marbles
 The walks are great , the guide keeps up a commentary  and is full of information. Dartmoor has a long history and according to a display i saw at Princetown , the history goes back about 7,000 years and there are standing stones and remains of round houses , which go back thousands of years . 

 

Many of the roads and field boundaries are made of what is know as 'dry stone wall' , more of that later .The moor is a several hundred feet climb  and as you ascend beautiful vistas come into view . The air is so clean and of such good quality  that it is called 'Devon air' and it is slightly scented by the heather and bracken which grows everywhere .

You can often see Dutch and German visitors driving around dartmoor , they love visiting ( i have spoken to several of the Dutch  on walks) , but  it might be a little early in the year  just now , because nearly all the cars i saw were from this country.

Hay Tor , it looks close but will take a good 15 minutes to ascend .

Haytor is probably one of the best known landmarks in Dartmoor , it was quite busy with walkers today so i just took and pic and didnt climb it . A 'Tor'  is a craggy peak of rock and there are hundreds of them in dartmoor , each with its own name .

Dartmoor has hundreds of sheep , cattle and horses/ponies  grazing freely (unfenced) many of the ponies are descendants of the pit ponies

who were put to work in the mines of the 19 century.

They are very photogenic  and it was them that i was looking for , for some reason there were only a few around today .

yheleen says:
i love to see sheeps, cattles and horses ;) Dartmoor must be a great place to just laze around...
Posted on: Sep 29, 2008
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House of marbles cafe/restaraunt
House of marbles cafe/restaraunt
Austin seven in carpark outside
Austin seven in carpark outside
Glass marbles
Glass marbles
Hay Tor , it looks close but will …
Hay Tor , it looks close but will…
House of marbles carpark
House of marbles carpark
House of Marbles inside
House of Marbles inside
Bovey Tracey
photo by: redzzed