Breakfast at House of Marbles
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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.
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 .
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.
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 .