On the North-East corner of the Moor, nestled at the base of Meldon Hill is Chagford. A neat and historic stannary town. My most recent venture to the moor was here - enjoying the comfort of the Globe Inn to spend a night in the town. Though I was in Chagford for explorations rather than letterboxing...
St Michael's Churchyard in Chagford is the resting place for the grandfather and founder of Dartmoor Letterboxing - James Perrott. He died in May 1885, aged 81 in the town he called home. Chagford parish's website records that the church was dedicated to St Michael the Archangel by Bishop Branscombe (of fellow Dartmoor landmark Branscombe's Loaf fame), who in 1261 was Bishop of Exeter.
James Perrott was a famous Dartmoor Guide, and is credited with taking amongst others, Charles Dickens on the route out to Cranmere Pool via Fernworthy. Besides walking, Perrott was also a keen angler.
So it was for lunch that it was deemed appropriate to descend to the Teign Valley and the Anglers Rest public house. The peaceful atmosphere on the deck at the waters edge is phenomenal. Watching Brown trout and dippers darting by. En route, we passed the tented Castle Drogo. I had never really considered how visible Castle Drogo was from all over the Eastern moor until this giant white wrap was placed over it in December. The Western Morning News call it the biggest tent in the world, and that if all the scaffolding poles were put end to end, they'd stretch 60 miles! Despite being damaged by the Winter storms, the wrapping will stay in place till mid 2015, until the renovation work is complete. I look forward to the grand unveil next year.