So no 16 nights + two & half thousand mile Euro Road Trip to report on this year due to family commitments right in the middle of our two weeks of booked Holiday...
Though as We would have departed for Europe the day after the Blexit vote (I’m thinking old TopGear crew in Argentina & Falklands number plate incident...) this might have been a fortuitous move...
So departing mid morning on a sunny Sunday – Top down of course, We headed West on the M4 towards "Bristol" soon tagging along behind a Silver R170 – Also top down, but no wind restrictor present... This was cool till they pulled off at "Reading Services" – Didn’t think too much of this, till they caught up with Us again quite a few miles later, now top up...!! So did the Lady passenger with long hair & no baseball cap have enough of the top down driving...?
Having passed Bristol, did a left turn onto the M5 – Gateway to the South West of course...
Stopping after just over two hours & 140 miles of Motorway driving for a caffeine stop:
We have to say at this point that the French Motorway Picnic stops are more to our liking.
Back on our way again, We exited the M5 at Exeter, for some more interesting SLK driving roads
The B3212, which crosses Dartmoor from East to West: (Plus West to East, if Your driving the other way from Plymouth!)
Once past Moretonhampstead, the B3212 climbs up onto the moors for a fine view on a clear day:
Though any road that goes, has to come down and out next stop was “Postbridge”
This fine example of a “Clapper Bridge” was first recorded in 1380, with it’s slabs over four metres (13 ft) long, two metres (6 ft 6 in) wide and weigh over eight tons each, making the bridge passable to a small cart, though not SLK’s....
Luckily, a newer one has been built next to it – But even this bridge isn’t that new..!!
Onward past "Princetown" - Home of Her Majesty’s B&B – For anyone having the audacity to steal an AMG 55
(or any other SLK, for that matter) from it’s proud owner....
Checked out another view point, but with the clouds thickening, was not worth going any further West,
but got this view driving back towards “Two Bridges”:
After “Two Bridges” (Yes, it does have 2 x bridges..!) headed South East on the “B3357” towards “Dartmeet” but did a right turn to explore a high level road & a few miles after “Hexworthy” came across a lovely parking area right next to “Combestone Tor”.
With the dark clouds clearing and the late evening sunshine taking back control, got this stunning picture:
And also had a walk around the stones, to enjoy the Dartmoor valley views:
Having lingered long enough at this lovely spot, just had the final sprint over to our Bed & Breakfast near “Kingsbridge” which would be our base for the next 5 nights:
Trev' & Carole.