24th of April 2017
|Tuckingmill Bridge, just outside Zeal Monachorum|
25th of April 2017
Enough Prologues, now down to the Odyssey....
|The lane from Down St Mary, partly frozen, partly mud|
Francis now takes up the story in blue (the photos are by Francis, too, except where noted or captioned in red)...
Our route brought us out 250m from the gate mentioned above, so we had to walk to the gate and back to close the gap, but here is a photo of it to prove we did.
|Actually this could be any gate, so you will have to take my word for it|
|The Church of St Petrock, Clannaborough Church|
A strange little church that is taller than it is long. St Petrock's is early medieval with a 15th century make-over.
The 'unbuttressed west tower has hollow-chamfered plinth and embattled parapet with granite machicolations and crocketted corner pinnacles' (British Listed Buildings). Francis left those details out (perhaps I should have done the same).
|Our descent to the railway line 26/02/18 - steeper than the camera makes it look|
|We had a late coffee break on the climb up the other side|
|Following the road to Hittisleigh|
|Old barn, Hittisleigh|
Lunch stop near Hittisleigh (photo:Alison)
We met some friendly horses and a group of miniature ponies at West Ford Farm [they were still there, looking a little cold]...
|Miniature ponies, West Ford Farm|
|Footbridge at Veet Mill Farm|
|Mike sitting outside the delightfully unmodernised Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton|
The Drewe Arms, formerly the Druid's Arms, was named after Julius Drewe (1856-1931) the founder of Home and Colonial Stores for whom the nearby Castle Drogo was built (more next post). The pub was managed by Mabel Mudge (and her husband while he lived) from 1919 until she retired in 1994 aged 99, the oldest pub licensee in the country.
Drewsteignton is a settlement above the River Teign owned in the 12th century by an Anglo-Norman called Drew de Teigntone, the original Drogo, from whom Julius Drewe claimed descent (though the claim involved some wishful thinking).
Today's Distance, 21km
Day 25 (2016) Entering Devon and Leaving Exmoor
Day 26 (2016) Knowstone to Black Dog on the Two Moors Way
Day 27 (2016) Morchard Bishop to Copplestone
Day 28 (2017) Down St Mary to Drewsteignton
Day 29 (2017) Drewsteignton to Bennett's Cross
Day 30 (2017) Bennett's Cross to Lustleigh
Day 31 (2018) Southwest Across the Moor from Lustleigh
Day 32 (2018): South to Ugborough
Day 33 (2018): Ugborough to Ringmore
Final instalment scheduled for April/May 2019