Devon 21 Goes To Devon [Updated]

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Camden Town to Dartmoor National Park – August 2011

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We are currently on the road from London to Devon where we’ll be staying in the heart of Dartmoor at Cockingford Farm campsite. Mark’s family have been going to this same small site for the last 30 years and now have season pitches for their caravans. It’ll be a great base to explore Dartmoor and we have a couple of trips planned. Mobile Internet permitting we’ll update this post with our progress.

Update: Tuesday 9th August

Here’s a few pictures….

Update: Thursday 11th August 

We are currently on the road home, just passing Stonehenge once more, and we’re back in the land of mobile Internet. So following are some highlights of our trip to Dartmoor and Devon. Pictures will be added to flickr and will appear in the set above once we get home.

Saturday 6 August, Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Stuck in slow traffic passing Stonehenge at  lunch time we glanced at Google Maps to find a detour for a lunch stop. We hit lucky with the village of Berwick St. James. The Boot Inn (High Street, Berwick St. James, Wiltshire, SP3 4TN, is close to Stonehenge  and just along the road from Stonehenge campsite, which from a passing glance seemed ok as an overnight stop for visiting Stonehenge, about 7 minutes away. Berwick made a great lunch stop. Nice food with local/regional ingredients, outdoor picnic bench beer garden in a very quiet village. And the coffee was good too! One minor downside was the handful of annoying flies buzzing about indoors. Still, highly recommended.

Tuesday 9th August, Northam Burrows near Bideford, North Devon

It was a lovely up hill and down dale journey from Widecombe-in-the-Moor to the north coast of Devon. We hadn’t planned exactly where we would go and by chance we stopped at Marshford organic shop by the road on the way to Appledore. Being a sunny day we stocked up with ingredients to cook fajitas by the sea and were recommended Northam Burrows as a nearby destination of natural beauty. The guy in the shop wasn’t wrong.  We paid the £4.50 fee gladly as we could see the low grassy headland with 360 degree beautiful views was exactly the place for cooking up a tasty lunch. The pictures tell the rest of the story. As a side note, there are two parts to the Burrows, the side we stopped is popular with birdwatchers and dog walkers, whereas the other side, close to the small seaside resort town of Westward Ho! is more popular with beach goers and surfers.

Wednesday 10th August, Riverford Field Kitchen

Riverford are known for their doorstep organic vegetable delivery service in many parts of the UK. Here at one of their farms they offer tours and, of more interest to foodies like us, a farmhouse kitchen set menu. For £ per person each table of 8 adults, is given a selection of large plates with seasonal and mainly local ingredients. On the menu for our visit were roast beetroot with orange and pistachio, chickpeas and spinach with almond, lamb tagine, new potatoes with saffron. For desert each table is invited to the kitchen bench to choose one of a eight or so options like lemon tart, sticky toffee sponge pudding, red fruit crumble. They have a good selection of Devon made drinks including juices, cider and ale from down the road.

River Dart road near Buckland-in-the-Moor

This could be one of Britain’s best short drives. Started or ended from a single track road next to the Buckland-in-the-Moor church that looks like the private driveway of the  vicar. The road winds precipitously down through woodland to meet the Dart River. On a sunny Summer day like today picnickers and pleasure boaters dot the tree shaded river side and pools. After a pretty bridge and a short distance more there’s a car park. Combined with a longer drive on to Widecombe and over the high moor to Moretonhampstead, this could well be one of Britain’s best drives of any length.

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