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Lydford Village

Devon group enjoyed a fine days walking on the fringe of Dartmoor all around the village of Lydford. We were a group of 11 plus 2 black labradors as we set off through the village and across Fernworthy Down to join the Granite Way trail that follows the old railway line back into the village. A picnic lunch was enjoyed in the grounds of the 12th century castle built as a prison and courtroom. Resisting the temptation to cast the walk leader into the dungeon, we began a gentle climb onto open grassy moorland with good views of Dartmoor Tors including nearby Brat Tor with a spectacular 13ft high cross on its summit. This was put up in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Afterwards we adjourned to the tearooms at Lydford Gorge for well deserved tea and cake. Mike.

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