Monday, 16 August 2010

Lydford Gorge - August 2010

After sheltering from another heavy shower we wandered back down through the village to Lydford Gorge.

Owned an run by the National Trust there are 3 or 4 miles of steep (and slippery after so much rain!) walks down into the gorge and some wonderful waterfalls.  We couldn't do the walk because Paddy would never have coped with all the steps with his arthritis but I managed to get a few photos from the road above.

Although it was a mainly wet weekend we still thoroughly enjoyed being away.

We are all now looking forward to our next trip in early September!

Granite Way, Lydford - August 2010

During a majority of Saturday it tipped down.  You could see when it was coming from the very black clouds over the moors!  We spent most of the morning relaxing and reading in the camper but decided to head off out for a wander, waterproofed up, in the afternoon!

Just outside the village is the Granite Way, a cycle track that runs 14 miles from Lydford to Okehampton, mainly off road, along the old rail track.  We only took a short walk along the track before finding shelter from another hefty shower!  We plan to return to this site (when the sun shines) with our bikes (and Paddy's trailer!) so that we can do the Granite Way.

Lydford CC site - on site sunshine! - August 2010

Doesn't a campsite look much better in the sunshine?  When we got back to the site the sun had come out!!  Just two more shots of our pitch and the view while the sun was shining (briefly!).

Lydford Church - August 2010

Next door to the castle stands the village church and as it was STILL dry I took some photos whilst we were there!

Lydford Castle - August 2010

Just past the pub are the ruins of Lydford Castle.  Owned by English Heritage the ruins are free to enter and certainly worth a 'nose'!!!  Paddy, once again, enjoyed posing amongst the ruins!!!

Lydford Village - August 2010

From the river we wandered back up the track and into Lydford village where there were some interesting and pretty buildings, including the village local, The Castle Inn (another highly recommended doggie friendly pub!).

River Lyd - August 2010

Further on down the (even muddier!) track we came to the River Lyd where Paddy tried unsuccessfully to paddle in the fast flowing river!!

Lydford Viaduct - August 2010

The campsite had provided us with details of a few doggie friendly, easy, walks within the village area so after lunch we wandered down to find Lydford viaduct, following their instructions.  The bridle path/public footpath was pretty muddy so Paddy enjoyed it!  The area down near to the viaduct was very overgrown so not great for photographers hoping to get that all important shot. 

A wet weekend on Dartmoor - August 2010

Last Friday (13th!) we nipped off onto Dartmoor the a long weekend (Fri - Sun).  We had pre-booked a pitch at the Lydford CC affiliated site and arrived just 45 minutes after leaving home, just in time for lunch!

As we pitched up we could see the showers looming over the moors and hills of Dartmoor!!!