We set off in good time still following the old tram track that was once busy taking people and essential materials to different places.
Today we would pass old standing stones, boundary stones and Petre`s cross and burial mound before reaching the ford where we would spend a couple of nights, the maximum number of nights you can stay in any one area of Dartmoor.
The route was to leave the old tramway and head of onto moorland that was in places thick with long grass and other times boggy, though having Willow, she was brilliant in leading me through the bogs without getting me wet and on firm ground - well done and thankyou Willow!
We passed many sheep and cows on this section though we had yet to see the Dartmoor ponies.
Willow was unfazed by their presence and so too the sheep by ours, probably because Willow didn`t chase them, important when there is livestock that you trust your dog but if you fear it is going to chase put your dog on a lead. The cows would come up to us inquisitive, but once satisfied, they just watched us stroll by.
We got to the ford late afternoon, the warm sun on our backs and the water shimmering like pools of diamonds glistening.
Willow jumped straight into the water and I was glad to put my feet in the cool water - actually it was freezing!
The standing stones and remnants of old buildings.
Route markers and Petre`s burial mound
The ford where we would stop for a rest.
I had rations with me for this section, my meal for here would be :
Vegetables and Rice with a twist!
1 cupful of Rice (longrain or shortgrain, doesn`t matter)
1 pepper (any colour)
A handful of green beans
2 brocoli florets
half a lemon
A tablespoon of worcester sauce
Boil 2 cups of water in a pan, a small satchet of salt and add the rice, simmer until the rice is cooked.
Cut and dice the pepper, green beans, tomatoes, brocoli florets and carrot, set aside until rice is ready.
Beat the egg and the juice of half a lemon and tablespoon of worcester sauce and add to rice when it is cooked. Stir continuously and add the vegetables and stir for 3 minutes. Serve.
The flavours are lovely and is a good meal in itself!