Ford Park Cemetery: Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS – 09/06/2018

Ford Park Cemetery is in the centre of Plymouth, adjacent to Central Park. Founded in 1848, Ford Park Cemetery today is 34.5 acres (140000Β m2) and has a wealth of Victorian and military heritage. With wildflower gardens that give shelter to an abundance of urban wildlife, it is easy to forget you are less than a kilometre from the city centre when walking through the maze of tombstones.

Wildflowers and tombstones lead the way to the Victorian chapel on a sunny day

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Shaugh Prior – 02/06/2018

Climbing tors is something that has always interested me, walking on Dartmoor and scrambling up a rock face to be rewarded with panoramic views of Devon and Cornwall is something that is well worth the effort. Today I decided to visit Shaugh Prior parish with the aim of climbing the Dewerstone, a hill on the edge of Dartmoor that I have never conquered, and to discover some of the prehistoric relics to be found in the surrounding area.

For this hike I chose to use public transport, due to ease of access from Plymouth with a Monday-Saturday bus service, aiming to be eco-friendly where possible. To drive, from the A38, exit at Manadon Junction and take the A386 towards Tavistock. At Bickleigh Cross (immediately after the Bellever roundabout), turn right onto New Road and then take the third left onto Hele Lane. At the end of the lane, turn left towards Shaugh Prior. The car park is on the left immediately after a bridge over the River Plym.

Taking the 59 Bus from Plymouth, Royal Parade (A13), I got off at the White Thorn Inn at Shaugh Prior and headed into the woods. Immediately I was thrilled with my decision. Dartmoor can be open and barren at times, but there are plenty of old English woods that provide a welcome splash of green.

Woods to be found just to the North of Shaugh Prior

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