Friday, 7 August 2009

Anniversary walk.

Today was our fifteenth wedding Anniversary, so as the sun had finally got its hat on, we headed up to Dartmoor.

It was so nice to be out on the moor again, after weeks of grey skies and rain. The moor was looking lovely too, with the heather just beginning to flower, and the gorse lovely and yellow. We stopped at Huccaby bridge for a coffee and scone, it was lovely sitting in the car listening to the water gurgling over the huge grey boulders, and enjoying the golden sunshine.

After we`d finished our break, we drove alittle further up the road, where theres a lovely quaint little church, which I`ve always wanted to visit, but for some reason never have.

Its very tiny, and surrounded by trees, and in the middle of nowhere really...

At one end, there is a rather nice little bell tower, topped with a very pretty cross.

Inside there were two very nice ladies dressing the church for a wedding. They told us that originally the church was also a school, hence this rather nice granite fireplace.

Its quite a plain church, with mostly plain watery glass, but above the altar was a rather nice stained glass one...

The ladies also pointed out, that the wooden seats had inkwells along the backs, which they were using to put posies of flowers in...
and the backs of the seats, tilted up to make a desk, how neat is was a fascinating visit, and I`m so glad we bothered to pop in.

We drove on to Barnhill for a walk. The moor was beautiful, everywhere lush and green.
All the recent rain left bubbling streams everywhere..
We followed the leat, which ran crystal clear, and peaty brown over the smooth pebbles beneath
there was a nice granite slab thrown across it for a little bridge..

Evenually we came across this very impressive stone, which was a Wheelwrights stone, nearby is the remains of a Blacksmiths shop, the stone was used in this position.

It always amazes me that these buildings are in such remote places, it must have been a very lonely life on the moor.

We walked on, I was pleased to see some foxgloves or `Cowflops` as theyre known on the moor, were still in flower, as I`d noticed most had gone to seed.

We were pleased to see some lovely dartmoor ponies too, and in the distance the dark stack of Vixen Tor which legend says is supposed to be the home of Vixana, a witch who lured travellers to their death by conjuring up a mist so they wandered into the mire.

Evenually we came to the Beckamoor cross, or Windy Post as its known, it was a way marker for the Abbots way, and sits in its lonely wind swept place on the moor surrounded by the beautiful sweeping countryside, with sheep and ponies for company.

The leat runs beside the Windy Post, and there is a hole in one of the granite stones across it, this is a `bulls-eye` or inch hole, which regulates the amount of water allowed to the nearby farm.

Its one of my favourite crosses, and a lovely part of the moor.

It was nice to actually see cloud shadows drifting across the hills...

We took the path back up the hill, you get wonderful views across to Cornwall from here, there were some more ponies grazing..

someone was having a lay in I think....

When he saw us watching he scrambled to his hooves and trotted off in a very embarrassed fashion

the hillside was covered in lovely clumps of gorse and heather, Custard and Jam as its known on the moor.

and magical granite rocks..

and high above in the windy blue sky, the white clouds drifted, like galleons in full was a lovely walk, and such a treat after being stuck in the house for so long. We drove on to Prince town for some lunch, and popped into the new art centre there, which had some lovely things in.

We also walked down to the main gate of the prison, which looks a very bleak place in the cold winter months.

but on a more cheerful note, there was this lovely bank of Rosebay Willowherb, which I think always epitomises high summer. It was a lovely day out, and as we travelled home I had the comforting thought, that we would be going out for a meal, so no cooking for me today!


Ramblings From Spain said...

What a lovely day to share with you both, I really felt I was there, with the sun on my face and surrounded by the gorgeous English countryside.. I'm so pleased you had such a special day xx

Pat said...

BEAUTIFUL photo journey you have put here for us to enjoy. Thank you so much. Congratulations to you on your anniversary. We are coming up to anniversary #42 on August 19. Where DOES the time fly???

Piecefulafternoon said...

A lovely journey - so many wonderful things to see. This was one of my favorites. Thanks.

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary......and many, many more!

Loved this trip on Dartmoor - not very familiar with that part of the moor other than Princetown and the prison!! We always seemed to head there after Dartmeet and Widecombe. I was always so scared as a child in Shiphay when a prisoner escaped - they would set up road blocks along the Newton Rd. and we were told to lock all our doors.

Thanks for sharing such lovely moorland scenes Jill. Hope you get a run of good weather now. Bet the tourists have been upset with so much rain .

Hope you enjoyed a great celebratory dinner. We dined at The Orange Tree our last night there in May - excellent food and service.

Timi said...

I would like to wish you happy anniversary!
My daughter liked the photos of the horses very much :o)!