So I asked the driver where we’re going next…
Devon, he barked.
So off we went. Richard & Ted’s adventure to Devon… Off to East Dartmoor.
Via Woodbury Common, near Exeter.
We stopped here for the night but didn’t pick the best car park. It seemed to be a popular dogging spot.
Now, I do believe in live and let live. But if you’re going to go dogging please turn your engines off.
Some of us are trying to kip!
For our second night, we thought we’d hit the jackpot! A back garden like this? Just outside Bovey Tracey.
No, I don’t miss the bricks!!
This was a delightful little lay-by and provided the best sleep in a long while!
The next morning, we set off on our long distance trip… 200 yards up the road.
We spotted this stunning, tucked away area.
Well, it’d be rude not to stop here for a night… or two!
We had neighhhh-bours. Love these kind of neighbours.
Neither do we…
I think I can just about cope with this weather!
I even cooked… sort of. Stir fry. But that’s good for me!
We (and I do mean we) gathered firewood ready to move on tomorrow…
Well, you never know in England, it might just snow tomorrow!
In the morning, we headed off…
But there was a problem.
The van had started using copious amounts of diesel! 200 miles per tank, down from over 350??
I had noticed on the drive down that it was drinking fuel.
The air filter was, well, not filtering, that’s for sure!
Off to find a motor factors in Torquay…
We’ll be back to 20+ MPG very soon…
Quick swap of the air filter… and we’re good to go!
Well, while we’re here, why not a quick beach visit….?
Oh. That’s why not. How ridiculous.
It was ok though, we found a beach area further along where there was no Ted discrimination!
Time for Ted to do what he loves best… Splash!
We didn’t stay long though.
We headed back to Dartmoor.
Hope the brakes aren’t as bad as the air filter was!
A stunning place to park up, beside Venford Reservoir.
More delightful neighbours!
Not in the slightest bit phased by Ted’s barks!
Such a quiet, delightful place. Even if it did rain lots!
Ted soon got the idea that wild horses won’t eat him.
In the evening, I heard what I assumed to be thunder. When I looked out though, I saw literally a hundred horses galloping past my door!
We stayed here for one night and decided to move on the following morning to Bodmin Moor.
On the way, we spotted something worth stopping for…
An absolutely lovely river and river beach! Guess who will love this…
Need I say more?
This would be a cracking spot for the night… Maybe next time?!
I continued, complete with soggy dog, to Bodmin Moor. Found a lovely place to stay, right next to a lake. Perfect…
East Dartmoor. Loved it… Time to go back!
Ted concurs with the description of Dartmoor being awesome… Lots of off-lead running space here!
We spent a week around Dartmoor, moving around and enjoying the beauty.
The van was clearly in need of a service. It’s amazing how much sooner it needs looking at after driving many dusty miles in Portugal.
We headed for home soil…
A good service was very much in order!
Got to love the simplicity and reliability of the 2.5 Litre Turbo Transit engine! Better known as the Ford Banana engine.
Beyond’s engine was fully rebuilt only 7,000 miles ago (after I hydro locked it with washer bottle water whilst fitting the Hydrogen fuel cell). Well worth the rebuild investment, even if it didn’t seem so at the time!
“Can we go away again now please?”
That afternoon, we headed off on our travels again! Freshly serviced, running a treat.
Elan Valley, one of my absolute favourite places.
You guessed it, water dog was straight back at it again!
During the evening, we watched a local farmer and his dog rounding the sheep up.
Well, his dog rounded the sheep up, the farmer stood whistling! Really amazing to watch though!
I asked him if he’d like to train Ted to do as he’s asked… he didn’t seem too keen!
On that note, Ted chewed through his lead three times that evening so he could sniff a wider area!
We stayed in Elan Valley for a couple of nights before heading home.
The van has work to be done now… new windows to be fitted, cab to be sound proofed, rain water tank filling system to be designed…
I love Elan Valley and will have plenty of short breaks there. Portugal however is calling me! September………..
Time to get the van ready, this time it’s going to be a long trip!
I’ve bought a GoPro. This can only mean one thing…. Video Blogs! (vlogs?)! Coming right up!