The walk is an annual event around the villages between Chagford and Okehampton, Devon taking in some of the finest hostelries on the way all in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Although it is called the 10 pubs walk on this years list there was 12 pubs spread over approximately 16 miles.
We started at the Sandy Park Inn just outside Chagford where a "free" bar (donations to the air ambulance) was on offer. When i arrived (just before 11.00 am) there was already a large crowd gathered and a party atmosphere in the air, apparently several groups had already set off, i made my way inside, which was also crowded, eventually getting to the bar just as the landlord rang time on the free bar, so i had to pay, but i don't mind paying for a good pint of Dartmoor Legend. I then proceeded outside to take in the atmosphere and the glorious sunshine.
After a while i realised that the crowd was getting considerably thinner so i decided that as i wasn't sure exactly where i was going, i too should start walking and set off down the road in a buoyant mood. A little further down the road the course was directed (with the help of some strategically placed yellow ribbons) over a stile and into a farmers field, it was now that i realised that we weren't going to be sticking to roads but a mix of roads, footpaths and bridleways.
Sometimes walking through lovely cool woods,
And so, it was on to the village of Chagford where the next two pubs on the list were, first came the Globe Inn, where due to the large number of people taking part it took nearly half an hour to get served this unfortunately became a standard for the day until the last few pubs. Here i enjoyed a pint of Exmoor Breweries 'Fraid Knot (10p per pint of which was being donated to the Dartmoor Rescue Group).
By now it was about 4.15, i had been walking for about 5 hours and had yet to arrive at the half way point, so i finished my pint and set off once more, relieved that this part of the journey was along roads and all downhill.
After about 30 mins i arrived in the village of South Zeal, which is where my brother lives so i popped in to the village green where their fayre and beer festival was in full swing to say hi, i didn't have a beer here but i did grab a burger and a brief rest. Then walked up the hill to the Kings Arms, a pub i know fairly well as its where i usually end up when visiting my brother, its also where i learnt of this charity walk.
Until the walk between Chagford and Throwleigh this was the part i was dreading, Sticklepath to Bellstone, only about 2 miles but all uphill and a steep one at that. I was expecting to go up the road way but the organisers set out a course that followed the footpath up through the valley, so i dully followed.