After Halsway we has a few days in Devon and Cornwall. In Devon we stayed at the Duke of York in Iddesleigh, a lovely little village quite a long way from most places.

The Duke of York – background. Photo taken for D’s phone box collection!

We travelled inland from Halsway, after calling in Watchet first, where we came across an amazing old water turbine used in an early electricity generating system.

Turbine in Watchet

We headed into the Brendan hills and then across Exmoor to Coombe Martin.

Beach at Coombe Martin.

We then kept to the coast, and back out to Appledore after crossing the river Taw at Barnstaple.

Appledore has some lovely old Georgian houses.

After a night in Iddesleigh we had a day touring Dartmoor, and visited Becky Falls. It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but we really enjoyed the wee walk. It must be spectacular after significant rain!

Becky Falls – where the water should be!

The gardens have some fun attractions for children, and some fun trolls to remind me of the music I like!

On Dartmoor itself we were really surprised to find a big herd of Belties (Belted Galloway cattle) around Haytor rocks, a long way from their homeland!

There’s some amazing scenery around the tors, which reminded me of Skyrim (computer game, for non-nerds). I expected to see dragons!

Hound Tor – a scene that might be from Skyrim

There were, of course, plenty Dartmoor ponies.

Back to the Duke of York in the evening – it has a great atmosphere and the food and beer are excellent.

The following day we set off for Cornwall – and found this old AA road sign which I really liked. In the old days the roads in Britain were poorly signed for motorists, and the Automobile Association tried to be helpful. Those were the days of the AA patrolman on a motorbike and sidecar (with tools) who saluted members displaying the AA badge on their car!

On to Cornwall …