Day 13 June 30, 2002
By Dan, Mary Jane and Scotty Hyde
Sunday June 30 - Moors and Ponies in Dartmoor National Park
We drive to Dartmoor National Park. It is cloudy, misty, foggy,
windy, and cold - just what one would expect on the moors! It is so
windy we do not hike anywhere, and leave the warmth of the car as
little as possible. Dan and Scotty do get out to photograph some wild
ponies. Then something (maybe someone at a parking lot a little
distance away from us) spooks the ponies, and they stampede toward Dan
and Scotty and run within a few feet of them.
Moors - open barren land where wind and weather is too severe to
allow trees to grow.
This is part of the open moorlands in Dartmoor National Park.
Cows and other livestock roam freely on the moors.
Scott thought this calf was darling! (Scott's picture)
View from top of the moors.
Widecombe - an ancient village in the middle of the moors.
A herd of Dartmoor Ponies run within a few yards of us.
The Dartmoor Ponies are wild and descendents of medieval ponies.
A Dartmoor Pony runs by Scott.
He is proud of this picture which shows the Pony in high gallup.
Pony and her colt stand braced against the cold wind.
The time is about 8 PM and it is too cold and windy to walk outside
with only our light jackets.
Scott has captured the mood of the cold fog descending over the moors.
It starts raining as we approach the Ponsworthy Bridge, a very narrow
bridge. Scotty photographs our car on a "forder" bridge, where we
drive through a small stream. Scotty also photographs Dan on a
medieval post bridge, the same bridge on which Dan photographed me
during our 1985-86 stay in England.
Scott has to take a picture of Skoda driving through this small
You can see Dan and MJ in the front seats.
Narrow Bridge in the village of Ponsworthy on the moors.
The only way is across the bridge unless we go miles out of our way.
Rather than let Scott drive and I take the picture, I decided to let
Scott take the picture. :^)
The village of Postbridge is named after this medieval
This "clapper bridge" is made of large granite slabs and is believed
to date from the 13th Century when tin-mining and farming were
developed on the moor.
Dan waves bye to the Moors on the Postbridge.
We return for our second and last night at ``The Manor Farm.''
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