Didn't find much evidence of the Endacott's here. Don't know where the bodies are buried. They must have all migrated to Aust or US or moved to larger centres. But fell a little bit in love with Devon. It's so lush and generous and lovely- grass is so green & thick you almost wish you were a cow. The Moors are lovely too, and give such views. They're peaty, so soft to walk on. We did a couple of lovely walks & were rewarded with fabulous views in all directions. Many of the villages are exquisite. We stayed in a delightful B&B in Dunsford, where my Grandad's father was born.
It has lots of white-washed thatched buldings and narrow streets. Barry has been worried in some of these villages that he won't be able to get the car around some corners & past some parked cars. Of course you always can- everyone makes room for everyone & people park were they know there is JUST room to get by. Much prefer exploring on foot.
Back-tracking to Bath, just to prove I really am on this trip. On roof of Bath Abbey, in rain.
Bridford -many Endacott's lived here. Only a few miles from Dunsford, but takes a while along the narrow single-car lanes with tall hedges on either side.
Exeter. The largest city on the SE side of Dartmoor. Also a Roman City. Near the mouth of the River Exe, so a port until recent times. Grandad's parents lived here for a while & his two older brothers were born here, before the family moved to London.
Our B&B was right on the River Teign here, where these stepping stones take you over the river & though Bridford Woods to the Moors.
From Moors above Moreton Hampstead. It's only gorse, but I guess it's where it belongs. Mixed with gorse there is bracken fern (those hills look brown) and blackberries, with a few pretty little plants like Heather (which I think is an Erica). Not easy walking if you leave the paths. And of course nettles everywhere when you get a bit lower, so shorts not an option.
Sign says 'Sheep lying on road' - and they do. Probably enjoying the warmth. And they don't move, so the cars weave around them. A few horses wandering around too. There's enough grass between the bracken for stock.