The Inspirational Characters and Locations Behind Conan Doyle's Greatest Sherlock Holmes Story
This exciting tour introduces the intriguing story behind The Hound of the Baskervilles, including the people, places and legends that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his first Sherlock novel in nearly 10 years, and not just any novel, but arguably his most highly acclaimed. Many wonderful locations are included, from tranquil village graveyards to previously burned down churches with black magic associations, and Bronze Age villages to evocative Moorland mires.
The tour will leave you well educated about how this story came about, and it is delivered by a descendant of one of the people involved in the creation of the plot, making it completely unique. Hear about the evil Squire Cabell and his pack of hounds, the coach driver whose name is now etched into fictional folklore, and see the 200 year old prison that Seldon escaped from.
Guests will come away stimulated, intrigued and wanting to read the famous book once again. And free gifts await those that venture on this incredible tour!
I will collect you at 9am, after you've had breakfast. The day starts gently in the tranquil village of Ipplepen, where you will be introduced to some of the key characters behind the story, where they lived, where they worshipped, and where they were buried. Then down to the charming town of Ashburton to see more interesting places relevant to the tale. After this we head to Holy Trinity Church, where we find out about evil Squire Richard Cabell III - this is a very spooky place, according to my children (I tend to agree with them!).
After stopping to see Cabell's manor house, we have lunch at the beautifully located Prince Hall Hotel - always lovely in any weather. We head over to Grimspound next to see the iconic Bronze Age settlement, then on to Fox Tor Mire, the inspiration for the very bleak and inhospitable Grimpen Mire in the book. You also get to see the tin miners' cottages, and Dartmoor Prison too.
If time allows, a cream tea ends the day, before returning to your accommodation at about 5. 30pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For this one day tour, I will collect you from your accommodation at 9am, as long as it is within reasonable distance from where I live. If you are intending to take a several day tour, then I can arrange for airport pickups, or collection from other parts of the country.
End location: I will take you back to your accommodation.
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
If you wish to start earlier, this will extend the day further. If you wish to finish later, this might be possible depending on my availability.
As your driver guide, I will take you around in my Ford Galaxy people carrier, which can comfortably take 6 adult passengers. It is a 2010 model in very good, clean condition. During the day there are a few short walks, all on the level, and one 7 minute walk up a fairly undemanding slope to the Bronze Age settlement.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GBP - Any refreshments, meals, drinks and any other purchases you make on the day. This is a per person cost, and could be higher or lower depending on your tastes and preferences!