Our season of Friday walks came to an end this evening with a 4 mile stroll from The Pig n Whistle, near Totnes to Berry Pomeroy and back. It wasn’t as hot for the 13 walkers as we have known this summer but still a lovely evening and despite some cloud, the promised rain still didn’t appear.
We set off, carefully crossing the Totnes – Newton Road taking lanes and paths that some had never walked before, passing the ancient Deer Park wall, along part of the John Musgrave Trail and taking the path to Berry Pomeroy Castle.
A tudor mansion within the walls of an earlier castle, the Castle was built in the late 15th century by the Pomeroy family which had held the land since the 11th century. By 1547 the family was in financial difficulties and sold the lands to Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset. After Edward’s execution, the castle remained in the Seymour family, although it was abandoned in the late 17th century when the fourth baronet moved to Wiltshire. After lying in ruins for a hundred years in the 19th century, the castle eventually became a popular tourist attraction, a status which it retains today – aided by its reputation of being haunted. No white lady spotted walking the parapet on this occasion though.
Our return took us back through delightful paths, the ground dry and cracked after the heat of recent weeks.
A nightcap was enjoyed at the Pig and Whistle, whilst waiting for the Blood Moon which failed to appear for our group tonight!