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No hound, but a lot of fresh air…

The Barton B&B, Belstone, Dartmoor

The Barton B&B, Belstone, Dartmoor

Dartmoor in South-Eastern England is best known for the Sherlock Holmes-novel ” Hound of the Baskervilles”, but don’t worry, you won’t meet any giant blood-thirsty dogs now!

Our holiday this year in Devon and Cornwall began in Dartmoor, and our accomodation was The Barton, in the small village of Belstone, near Okehampton on the northern edge of Dartmoor. It’s an old house with a great atmosphere, and we were welcomed with a Devon cream tea, just the right thing after the long drive from the airport. We had found The Barton on the internet and we were not disappointed.

We had planned to do some walking while we were there, and had found several websites on the subject. On the website of the Dartmoor National Park Authority you can find a diary of guided walks, lasting from 1 to 6 hours. You simply meet on a parking place at a certain time, and a guide is ready to take you around the moor for a small fee. With a guide you learn a lot of interesting facts about Dartmoor, and some funny stories as well.

If you want to walk on your own, you can find a great selection of walks on Dartmoor Walks, but be aware of sudden weather changes and the fact that Dartmoor really IS big country, and you can easily loose your sense of direction if you are not a skilled walker.



There are plenty of villages with pubs and tea rooms when you need a break. We had a great time in Dartmoor and warmly recommend it!



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Cool view of Manchester

On my recent visit to Manchester we went to the very cool bar “Cloud 23”, on the 23rd floor of the Deansgate Hilton Hotel. The bar has floor-to-ceiling windows, and offers fantastic views of Manchester, especially after dark. The place was really buzzing the night we were there and there was a good atmosphere. Being Manchester, one of the signature drinks has to be named Cottonopolis, but the bar is very well stocked and offers a load of cocktails and long drinks.
The bar has an open door policy between 5 and 7 PM, but you should register for the night’s guest list in advance if you plan to arrive after 7 PM, otherwise you might not get in. Use the website



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