The day starts overcast with a forecast for heavy showers.
I make my first port of call to Francis Hill (name sake!). The map shows it to be a lead-up to Castle Drogo, but not the case, so briefly backtrack.
The castle has a short climb up it’s driveway. As anything with heritage, the cost to enter is far too great for me on this trip, time would also not permit. I cannot even get any photos!
I am off The Dartmoor Way route, so head towards Chagford. After the long slog yesterday, legs a bit weary today.
I slowly make my way through Chagford, Murchington and arrive at Wonson.
I turn down a small lane, and the Northmore Arms appears to my left. I call in for a coffee and chips. The pub is so small with a roaring log fireplace taking up most of the room, fantastic.
About to leave, and a gentleman named Geoff is perusing my bike. One hour 30 minutes later after heavy conversation about bikes and touring, I think about moving off.
Geoff and his wife Penny spend their vacation’s cycle touring parts of Europe. They are presently converting some barns next to the pub. I am invited to kip on the floor, which I duly take up. Thank you.
I off load my panniers, and set off for a an unloaded look around the area. The village of Throwleigh been particularly picturesque.
The evening is spent in the Northmore Arms, pub quiz night! Whether my input to the team I joined helped us to come second from last or prevented it being worse, who knows! Good fun anyhow.