The trip to Dartmoor National Park in Devon took us about 2 hours from our home in Wiltshire. We decided to drive down on a Friday in early December, stayed 2 nights and drove back just after breakfast on the Sunday.
We had stayed at the Mill End Hotel near Chagford before and really loved it. It is just lovely and the meals we had there were superb. We also decided to stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate as we thought it was the best value.
Just to say, the hotel is one of those where people like to dress for dinner. So, it is frequented by loads of people who like to flaunt their wealth a bit (or lack thereof as it turns out)
Yip, those people who use the words ‘balderdash’ and ‘fiddlesticks’ in casual conversation and laugh at their own jokes (sigh)
We were very entertained more than annoyed!
Of course, we don’t really do the ‘dressing up for dinner’ thing. The closest we get is jeans and a nice top. Mind you, they are CLEAN jeans!
Besides we had come for the scenery and the natural beauty of the area not to mingle with pretentious people.
There are nice walks in the area. One popular one is just along the river from the hotel to Finkle Bridge and back via a steep path towards Castle Drogo.
At Castle Drogo (a National Trust property) there is a very nice café, where we stopped for a piece of chocolate cake and a coffee before we headed back on the path to the hotel.
A nice way to recharge the batteries – even if its just for a couple of days 😊
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All images used are personal photographs taken during a visit to Dartmoor National Park in December 2021.
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