June 03, 2006

Devon - Dartmoor

We spent the weekend in Devon with our friends Cathy and Leighton, their two young terriers (Pippin and Barney), and 2 cats. They live within a short walk of their village shops and beautiful trails. They drove us around the Dartmoor moors showing us settlements from the Bronze Age, historic pubs, an Artist Guild, and the Postbridge clapper bridge. The existence of this bridge was first recorded in 1380 and is the largest complete clapper bridge (larger ones are partially or completely destroyed).

The highlight was our hike in Dartmoor National Park. I heard my first cuckoo bird (sounds just like the clock) from Wistman's Wood. We then made a perilous crossing across the river. We continued along Drake's Leat (small aqueduct) which was constructed in 1591 to bring water from Dartmoor to Plymouth. At one of the crossings, an adder sat blissfully sunning herself (Cathy did some research and reported that it must be a female by its coloring) . The adder was actually quite small but I tried to make her look like a python in my photo!

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