The weather was kind on 13th January when 14 walkers assembled at Moretonhamstead for the first DPA walk of 2019. We followed footpaths and lanes to North Bovey where we had a look at the 13th/15th century church of St John the Baptist. Among the interesting  features were painted roof bosses including one showing the three hares.

 

Boundary stone with the cairn in background. Photo: Bill Radcliffe

Boundary stone with the cairn in background. Photo: Bill Radcliffe

 

We then climbed up to Easdon Down and had lunch at the top. The views from there are excellent though the cold wind made it a short stop. We looked at a cairn beneath a huge rock and at some boundary stones featuring B for Bovey.

 

A boundary stone. Photo: Bill Radcliffe

A boundary stone. Photo: Bill Radcliffe

 

We then descended the other side of the Down to North Bovey – coffee stop beside the river – and made our way back to Moretonhamstead by a different route of footpaths – and a lot of stiles!

 

Beside the river Bovey. Photo: Bill Radcliffe

Beside the river Bovey. Photo: Bill Radcliffe