a work in progress – suggestions welcomed
A Dartmoor Lido
A list of swimming places in the Sunday Telegraph of 13.8.17 includes one we didn’t know about – a river-fed outdoor pool at Chagford
“fed by the Teign … dug in 1947 as a co-operative effort by the village – some of the original old boys still come down”
Open May-Sept, 2pm-5.45pm, £4, TQ13 8DA, 01647 432929
A Vintage Funfair
The Dingle’s Fairground Museum, near Lifton, PL16 0AT, open 10-5 most days, costs around a tenner a head to get into but that includes a handful of tokens for rides and goes – on bumper cars, fine old switchbackwith a rolling floor made of planks and hinges, shooting range, coconut shy, and so on. Some lovely exhibits and interesting history about the role of farming engineers in the development of rides and games before plastic. Also some special events, like the annual Wall Of Death exhibition, weekend after the Royal Cornwall Show.
Knight’s Surplus Store, 253 James St, Mutton Cove, Plymouth, PL1 4LB, 01752 562705, known as Bogie’s to service personnel for some reason, has handled dockyard leftovers for many years and used to sprawl over several alleys. It remains a fair-size junkyard and warehouse stuffed with string, ropes, hawsers, chains, primer for submarines, old flags, boots, tents, shell casings, and stuff you never heard of – an interesting tour for upcyclers, entrepreneurs, tradesmen looking for a bargain … and taxpayers. Who can get the best bargain for a tenner? Your satnav tends to take you into a blind corner in a new housing development – you need to go a little further downhill, to the river. It’s not a department store, mind – wear old shoes and prepare to meet a nutter.
Tour A Submarine
Guided tours of HMS Courageous, a former nuclear sub, now restored as an exhibit in Plymouth, are the main attraction of the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre. Tours can be booked or joined but are not always on at short notice. See www.devonportnhc.wordpress.com./
or email navynbcd-book1@mod
or call 01752 552326.
Horse & Carriage Tours
Tours around Burrator reservoir in a horse-drawn carriage are £12 for adults and £6 for under-5s, for three and a half miles in an hour. Pick-ups at the Quarry Car Park at 11 am and 2 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Call 07966 256984.
The Dartmoor Zoo
It’s a good zoo – big natural-looking enclosures and the animals, including wolves, tiger, lion, bears and monkeys, look well. Open every day except Christmas Day. Discounts for service personnel.
Drive to Sparkwell, PL7 5DG. Call 01752 837645.
The Prison Museum
Dartmoor Prison Museum is an interesting explanation of why the prison’s name is infamous and is open most days, 9.30 to 3 or 4, depending on the day, PL20 6RR. Call 01822 322130 or see
more later …