Get a few of your mates together - wrap up warm - bring Thermos and sandwhiches and blankets and then take a night drive on a clear night into Dartmoor and watch the stars - undisturbed by light pollution > MAGIC!!
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colours on the snowy linen land
Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now
la la laaa la laaa .... :)
Dress Code: wrap up warm - bring torches and hot drinks
A quiet pub with friendly staff, a clean interior and a small lawned garden for the warmer weather. They have some very nice beers here, Jail ale being my reccomendation for this establishment. There is a simple menu offering the usual pub grub at very reasonable prices, although basic we enjoyed the food we had here and found it to be very good value for money.
Not for the faint hearted - to go up on Dartmoor in the Night :)
And I think it CAN be considered a "Night-life" Tip.
What comes out on the Moor at night has been shrouded in mist and spook for centuries, reflecting a many ghostly folk-tales.
Dartmoor Legends Ghosts: If you're into all things ghosts, witches, pixies, Dartmoor legends and folklore then look no further than the Dartmoor Legends site (link to the right). A bit 'tongue in cheek', but highly informative if you're on a Dartmoor ghost trail, as all the Dartmoor ghosts are listed here, plus a list of grusome Dartmoor murders, as well as quirky legends around famous Devon people such as Sir Francis Drake and urr the Gubbins of Lydford and the ghost of Kitty Jay. Fantastic.
Lydford actually does appear to be an extremely haunted Dartmoor spot. Hardly surprising with that old stannary prison, so called Lydford Castle.
This Dartmoor Legends website is useful as well for locating ancient Dartmoor Inns, old ancient Dartmoor pathways like Abbots Way and is most informative on ancient monuments such as Nine Maidens and Spinsters Rock.
For detailed information on Dartmoors many stone crosses which were errected by monks at the abbeys/monasteries located in placed like Buckfastleigh and Tavistock, check out the Dartmoor Crosses web link to the right. This comprehensive Dartmoor Crosses site is the work of two Dartmoor walking enthusiasts, so they should know. Highly recommended to catch some of these ancient markers, errected to assist mostly the monks but also traders across the Moors in frequent times of bad weather.
Dress Code: Wrap up warm...
There are of course theatres all over Devon, Check out the web site below if you are interested.
Plymouth Theatre Royal tends to get a lot of the big shows, I have seen Barnum, Rocky Horror, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Supertar & going to see Miss Saigon here next week. There is usually a big London show on here.
Tel: 01752 267222
Princess Theatre in Torquay is another onw which gets good shows. Much smaller than Plymouth Theatre, I went to see the Brilliant Pail Young there last year! (~_~)
Tel: 08702 414120
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