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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Dartington Hall Gardens & Berry Pomeroy Castle

So I set off at the crack of dawn and had a very straight forward run to South Devon.  Checked in to where I'm staying and headed off for a couple of local places.

First stop was to Dartington Hall Gardens... a new one for me...  There was a wedding taking place but there were no restrictions as to where I could go in the gardens.. Entry is free!!

The first stop was for lunch... rather tasty panini and a cuppa - much needed in both cases.

Not a large gardens and more like small parkland but very pretty and relaxed.

OH look... a Henry Moore Sculpture

The Summerhouse....

The old Children's playhouse...

and then to an English Heritage property Berry Pomeroy Castle.. a ruin but fascinating.. and reached by a single track road.. my reversing skills were tested!!

Within the 15th century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours.  Begun in around 1560 and ambitiously enlarged fro around 1600, their mansion was intended t become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat or Audley End.  Never completed, and abandoed by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories.. 

and the sun had gone completely so I headed off back to the pub to unpack.....

and in the car park.. a rather unobliging painted lady..

Pleasant and easy day...

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