Britain’s motorway service stations aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but there are great picnic spots, cafes, gardens and attractions just beyond the hard shoulder

Heading up to Bristol from Plymouth on the A38 we broke our journey by heading into Dartmoor to Hound Tor (a short drive off the A38 from Ashburton) to explore the rocky landscape and the medieval ruins. In the car park was The Hound of the Basket Meals food stand, which serves crab sandwiches, homemade burgers and lots of tea varieties. The landscape around is gorgeous and it’s just half a mile up to the tor. We also walked down to the ruins. It was quiet and beautiful there, with lots of bracken, thorns and heather. It isn’t hard to access Hound Tor and it’s far preferable to a service stop – and cheaper too.
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Source: The Guardian

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