Mike Clement recalls the start his career on the branch…
Dartmoor has a mercurial attraction for me, I find it forever invites exploration, there’s lots there to discover, you can literally spend years rummaging around, satisfying your curiosity.
Here we’ve brought you a quick visual roundup of some of Dartmoor’s attractions, both historical attractions and natural landscape attractions. Above you can see the lovely view from the top of Okehampton Castle, out across the countryside and town.
Lydford Gorge is most definitely not to be missed if you’re a lover of natural features, the river cascades through solid rock and after many thousands of years, has formed an amazing gorge that you are able to walk into along goat sized paths along the river valley. It’s a most beautiful places, especially on a sunny day.
An amazing piece of social history saved for posterity by the National Trust, Finch Foundry is at the top of my ‘must visit’ list for historic places in Devon. The forge and overhead water chute are totally unique, I can guarantee you won’t have seen anything like this anywhere in the UK. There’s also a beautiful garden at the rear for refreshments and short path down to the picturesque river Taw.
Church House at North Tawton is a pristine example of a ‘church house’, built to enable the introduction of pews within the church, but also to get the beer and cider drinking activity out of the church.