A bit late with an Easter Day post but I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it….
My Easter holidays have been exhausting. My husband was working the whole time so that left me with both boys 24/7. But on Easter Sunday we got to have a family day out in the beautiful sunshine and it was EPIC.
When the weather is glorious my activity of choice is to take the boys to the beach. I am a massive fan of the sea and sand. But today we decided to go to Dartmoor. Before I had children I spent a lot of time on Dartmoor, I completed the Ten Tors way back in 1993 and then helped my school out with training but when I had children, I don’t know why but we just didn’t go up there.
My husband suggested that we visit Venford Reservoir as neither of us had been there before. There are two free car parks on either side of the reservoir and a path that runs all the way round the reservoir. The path is uneven with gravel and tree roots so be careful where you are reading. Obviously we were both on high alert that Edward would fall in because he has absolutely no fear.
We came across some beautiful little streams and Edward was desperate to paddle in them but as soon as his feet got in the water and realised that it was freezing cold he jumped up and clung on to my husband like a baby Orangutan and kept saying ‘My toes are cold.’
We got back up to the car park and decided to make ourselves a cup of tea and have some snacks. Edward didn’t join in for this activity and decided to throw pine cones over a fence….
As it was still such a beautiful day we didn’t want to go home yet so we got in the car and drove into Princetown to get some lunch where we shared some chips and then decided to talk a walk up to North Hessary Tor. Edward was really excited to be walking on the moors even though he wouldn’t walk alongside us but had to keep going off on a detour.
When we got back down from the Tor we decided to go to the Plume of Feathers pub and have an ice cold drink and Scampi Fries.
We sat in the little playground and Edward had a great time running around.
We decided to take the scenic route back. There are lots of little car parks along the roads of Dartmoor and some of them have ice cream vans in….so of course on a hot day it would be rude not to stop and buy an ice cream wouldn’t it? There was a large expanse of flat open space and Edward just loved running off into the distance here. Matthew got his football out and we made another cup of tea.
I had forgotten just how incredibly stunning Dartmoor National Park is and it is as good for the soul as the beach is so we will most definitely be going on the moors more frequently.
There are so many fabulous places to visit…..Princetown, Okehampton, Yes Tor and High Willhays, Postbridge, Two Bridges, Badgers Holt, Avon Dam, Sheepstor, Burrator Reservoir, Meldon Reservoir, Chagford and many many more.