As promised, more pictures from my trip back home, and another example of how beautiful Devon is. It really has everything. This was a trip up to Dartmoor – a vast moorland in Devon, rich with history, folklore, sheep, cows, wild ponies and pubs!
I hadn't been up to Dartmoor for a really long time, when I was a kid we used to spend time at the River Dart picnicking and swimming in the icy cool water in the summer and sledding in the winter from the higher points. I have so many fond memories of Dartmoor that I knew I wanted to spend a whole day up there.
Most of the roads are one way tracks, a lot of the time you have to stop fro various animals to make their way across – the variety of colours up there, especially at this time of year, is just stunning – and every rock (the Tors) and every bridge has its own story.
Steven Spielberg just wrapped filming his new film 'War Horse' (based on a book by Michael Morpurgo – my favourite author as a child) on Dartmoor and has been quoted as saying it's the best film location he has ever used, and I can only imagine how it's beauty will translate to the big screen.
What I Wore: Pants: Victoria Secret, Shirt: Ralph Lauren, Sweater: Target, Trench: Calvin Klein at TJ Maxx, Neon Socks: Target, Sneakers: Courtesy of Volley Australia (now available on Urban Outfitters) and Purse: Courtesy of Fossil.
The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe on the Moor – home to the best baked potato I've ever eaten! (as well as more sophisticated culinary fare…!)
Ducks and chickens run all over the grounds of the Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe on the Moor, Devon.
My sister, Josie Smith and Mr Style get down and party on the country lanes (for the record, it was not short wearing weather, Josie is a hardy Devonshire gal…!)
Yep that's a 15th Century church in Widecombe on the Moor. The naval shell was presented to the people of Widecombe on the Moor as a thank you for their help during World War I, collecting "Spagnum Moss" – which was used for the treatment of wounds.
Our next stop was to Postbridge to visit the ever so picturesque Clapper Bridge – first recorded in 1380, but likely dated much, much earlier. Unfortunately hoards of tourists arrived at the same time (one of which actually stole a lump of rock – completely illegal – my mother chased after him and reported him to the rangers – it was pretty awesome) – it made it a little difficult to get pictures – but they still turned out really pretty!
Our last stop of the day was to the highest point of Dartmoor – and to the famous Warren Inn, where the fire has been burning non stop since 1845. We filled up on some amazingly yummy homemade flapjacks and some proper cloudy Scrumpy cider (7%!) which knocked me out for most of the drive home….