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

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.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Dartmoor: lesser known tors and rocks of haytor down

Bag Tor
Bag Tor
I was sat in the Fox Tor Cafe; outside the clag had closed in and the will to step onto the moor was dwindling. I reminded myself that although Princetown was in cloud, there was every possibility that there would be somewhere on the moor that would be faring better. Time to jump into the car and seek it out.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks above Wapsworthy

Standon Hill
Standon Hill
We were being spoilt this weekend; another dry warm and sunny day greeted us, and this time we were going to enjoy the open moor, steering clear of the woods below. We were picking up some tors missed from yesterday, a route that had been a touch ambitious in the heat.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Dartmoor: Forbidden Tors and more on the River Tavy

Fox Tor (Mary Tavy)
Fox Tor (Mary Tavy)
It was a humid day, one where a walk up on the high moor, accompanied by refreshing cool breezes was called for. For some reason Jim, Matthew and I opted for something a little more challenging, among the rugged woodland banks of the River Tavy.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Dartmoor: Back to Fernworthy Forest

Afternoon sunlight through the trees
Afternoon sunlight through Fernworthy Forest

Last year, when Jim and I did the perambulation of the 1240 forest boundary, it was our intention, where reasonably feasible, to bag the tors and rocks either side of our route. Inevitably, we missed a couple, one of which was Manga Rock. It niggled us. So over the first May Bank Holiday weekend we decided to remedy that and in doing so, it gave Jim the opportunity to visit some of the less accessible gems in nearby Fernworthy Forest as well as a visit to a new addition to our list.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks near Trenchford Reservoir

Shaptor Rock
Shaptor Rock
This was always going to be a long day, but when I turned up at the Trenchford Reservoir car park and realised I didn't have the £4 for the Pay and Display, I had to pop down to Bovey Tracey to get some cash. When I got there I saved myself a quid and left the car in the town with my route lengthened.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dartmoor: The Tors out of Holming Beam

Beardown Tor (North outcrop)
Beardown Tor (North outcrop)
When I looked at the Social Hiking map of Dartmoor Tors and Rocks, I could see a fair area of unbagged tors in the middle. Now, I have wandered about that neck of the moor a few times, but these were before my gps tracking days and so not "official". Time to remedy that!