Venton - Wonson
The day starts overcast with forecast for heavy showers.
I make my first port of call to Francis Hill (name sake!). The map shows it to lead up to Castle Drogo but not the case, so briefly backtrack.
The castle has a short climb up its driveway. As anything with heritage the cost to enter is far to great for me on this trip, time would also not permit. Cannot even get any photos!
I am off The Dartmoor Way route, so head towards Chagford. After the long slog yesterday, legs a bit weary today.
I slowly make my way through Chagford, Murchington and arrive at Wonson.
The Northmore Arms
I turn down a small lane and the Northmore Arms appears to my left. I call in for a coffee and chips. The pub is so small with a roaring log fireplace taking up most of the room, fantastic.
About to leave and a gentleman named Geoff is perusing over my bike. 1 hour 30 minutes later after heavy conversation about bikes and touring I think about moving off.
Geoff and his lovely wife Penny spend their vacations cycling touring parts of Europe. They are presently converting some barns next to the pub. I am invited to kip on the floor, which I duly take up. Thank you.
I off load my panniers and set of for a an unloaded look around the area. The village of Throwleigh been particularly picturesque.
Weather turned out pleasant after a damp start.
Geoff & Penny's barn
The evening is spent in the Northmore Arms, pub quiz night! Whether my input to the team I joined helped us to second from last or prevented it been worse who knows! Good fun anyhow.