Friday, 28 April 2017

April 23rd 2017: Devon and Cheddar: To Devon

Monty the Motorhome has hit the road again after a long winter break, which only saw the one outing to Moreton-in-Marsh. However this little trip is only for a few days to get the habitation service done and then visit Cheddar. Time at the moment seems very limited as we are in the throes of moving house, so that seems to have taken most of our time recently, and it is likely the next couple of months will be just as demanding.

So it is off the Devon, with an appointment at Murviland tomorrow for the service.
Our intention was to visit Dartmoor on route, specifically the Princetown area; but the Sat Nav fouled up and we ended up well out of our way on narrow lanes, with plenty of traffic about as it is Sunday. So a quick decision was made to head straight to our overnight stop - a Caravan Club Certified Location - Hillhead Farm, Ugborough. 
Our site was a grassy field, shared by four other units, with views out southwards across a valley.

Not exactly crowded
The afternoon was sunny, so we walked around the local lanes which were bounded by the typical high banks found in the SW of England, and at this time of year are clothed in wild flowers. We also spotted our first swallows of the year.

Back at the site we paid our fees at the farmhouse (£12 for the night) and got some lovely fresh eggs. 

Evening meal was at The Anchor in the village of Ugborough, which was 15 minutes walk away, down a steep bank. The food was glorious - Hake and chips for me, while Ruth had the roast beef, followed by freshly made chocolate and baileys fondants. The local beer was a honey based brew - Stumble Bee from South Hams Brewery, and it was one of the best I’ve had in a long while.

That evening the crib board came out - found recently during all our sorting out for the move - and we re-learnt the game. I’ve played a couple of times in the past, but Ruth has many hours under her belt. Perhaps that’s why she ended up winning!

Note: posted on April 28th, as we didn't bother paying for internet access while away

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