Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Dartmoor: In search of Chub Tor

Footpath to Hoo Meavy
Footpath beside the disused railway
Sunday morning, I left the overcast skies of Okehampton, heading to the western side of Dartmoor, where the countryside bathed in warm sunshine. Well, that's how it felt from the car, but when I had parked up on the edge of Roborough Down, I stepped out into a biting wind which had me layering up smartish!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Dartmoor: Tors out of Merrivale

Merrivale
Merrivale
Saturday; it had been my intention to go in search of Chub Tor, down near Roborough Down, and visit a couple of tors I'd left behind in the area near Cadover Bridge. This wasn't a massive haul of tors bagged for a day walk, so when Richard Flint conveyed his disappointment, I looked to amend the route in search of some other elusive outcrops.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Dartmoor: Tors and Rocks out of Powdermills

Social Hikers on Braddon Tor
Social Hikers on Dartmoor

Fourth weekend of October, a small group of Social Hikers met up at the Powdermills Bunkhouse for a spot of socialising and walking. I joined them on the Saturday morning for the main hike of the weekend, one that started straight from the front door of our accommodation.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Dartmoor: In search of Water Rock and other tors

Sign Post to Bovey Valley
Sign post to the Bovey Valley
Since I started out on this tor bagging challenge, I've been intrigued by the introduction of new ones that have not been cataloged, or were simply forgotten. Many have been brought to my attention thanks to the fine work of Tim Jenkinson. It began with an article in Dartmoor Magazine, which led me to his excellent Flickr album: East Dartmoor Lesser Known Tors and Rocks. My plan today was to go in search of Water Rock, Mill Bottom (North) and Mill Bottom (South), in addition to visiting the more well known Gradner Rocks.

Dartmoor: A visit to the Slipper Stones and other assorted rocks

East Tor
East Tor
It was the third day of an August Bank Holiday weekend; we had just spent the previous two days hiking from Okehampton to Fur Tor and back so nothing too strenuous was the order of the day. With the intention of throwing in a number of unvisited tors for my companions, Rich and Cath, we had to keep in mind that they both had trains to catch in Exeter late that afternoon. I chose Meldon Reservoir, and very glad I did!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Dartmoor: Okehampton to Fur Tor two day circular

Camp on Fur Tor
Camp on Fur Tor (pic courtesy of Cath Wells)
It was a mini-social hiking wild camping meet over the August bank holiday weekend, with Cath and Rich journeying down to the south-west for a two day hike to Fur Tor, where we would be met by Phil and Sarah. There are simpler routes to take to the "Maiden of the Moor", but for some reason I thought that it would be a good idea to start from my doorstep, in Okehampton.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks around Poundsgate

Logwell Rock
Logwell Rock

The last time I was at the car park at Newbridge, I was calling it a day on my Coast to Coast - Two Moors Way attempt. It was a horrid couple of days, with plenty of rain and a number of blisters. On a tight schedule, dictated by pre-booked accommodation, I couldn't take a day off and had to throw in the towel a couple of miles into torrential rain on the third day. The Visitor Centre allowed me to call for a lift and I sheltered there in the company of the Ranger. Being back here, the temporary building is long gone and the weather couldn't have been any different. But this time I wasn't here to continue my journey to Lynmouth, this was to bag the tors and rocks around Poundsgate.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dartmoor: A wild camp on Hameldown

Sunset from Hameldown Beacon Rocks
Sunset on Hameldown Beacon Rocks
Back to July. After a good day walking in the Dartmeet area, Matthew, Jim and I joined Colin and Neil at the Old Inn, in Widecombe. After a quick cider and a purchase of a few takeaway bottles of Dartmoor IPA, we parked up in the security of the pub car park, gathered our gear, then headed off to ascend Hameldown for a wild camp.

Dartmoor: Tors and Rocks out of Dartmeet

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Blackator Rocks (pic courtesy of Matthew King)
Late July weekend, five of us converged on Dartmoor with the intention of climbing the Social Hiking Tor Bagging Ladder and a wild camp into the bargain. With Colin and his brother Neil heading for the Hound Tor area, whilst Jim, Matthew and I were bound for Dartmeet. Both our parties went separate ways after a breakfast at the Fox Tor Cafe, agreeing to meet up at the Old Inn, in Widecombe, that evening. Let the day begin!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Dartmoor: the tors and rocks south east of widecombe

Tunhill Rocks, Dartmoor
Tunhill Rocks
It was with some trepidation that I began another outing in the Haytor area. This time there was the potential of twelve bags, ten of which would be first time visits. One tor was always going to be a real challenge and the route I had planned was an erratic affair that involved some back tracking and plenty of reliance on good terrain. It proved tougher than I had imagined.