Saturday, 8 July 2017

Dartmoor: Hyner Rocks

Hyner Rocks Lower Outcrops
Hyner Rocks Lower Outcrops

If you look at a map of the area between Canonteign Falls and Hennock, on the eastern edges of Dartmoor, you will see a few places with the name "Hyner"; There's Hyner Bottom, Hyner Farm, Hyner Hill Plantation, Hyner Bridge and Little Hyner, but curiously, there doesn't appear to be reference to a Hyner Rocks or Hyner Tor.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Dartmoor: Tors and Rocks from Bedford Bridge to Double Waters

Continuing along the Walkham
The Walkham

Today was a scorcher, and I made the sensible decision to pick out a gentle river walk, somewhere with ample opportunity to dip my hat and cool down. I parked up at Bedford Bridge, south of Tavistock; I had planned to start from Grenofen Bridge but I missed the turning and so lengthened my walk.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Dartmoor: Hidden Tors on Trendlebere Down


Main outcrop of Trendlebere Tor in the Woods
Trendlebere Tor in the Woods
Fresh from a successful morning foray to Oddy Tor, we arrived back at the Manaton car park with time on our side. Tim earlier suggested he show me a hidden outcrop on the steep slopes of Trendlebere Down, a short drive to the south of here, a five minute drive.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dartmoor: Oddy, Nympenhole, Viper - separating fact from fiction

Latchell Tor
Latchell Tor

A few weeks ago, Tim Jenkinson emailed me a link to an online reference of a long forgotten tor curiously called Nympenhole. It was part of an article about Hameldown and within it, an author, named Sir Walter Besant, described the views from King's Tor. I tracked down the origins of this and found a fictional tale called "To Call Her Mine". A bit of further research and I then conveyed my thoughts of a possible location to Tim, they coincided with his suspicions. We decided that, even though the book was fiction, it was still well worth a look. First opportunity to meet up, we set off from the car park in Manaton, excited to go in search of a lost tor.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dartmoor: Hurston Castle Tor, Tunnaford Rocks, Meldon Hill

Hurston Castle Tor southern pile
Hurston Castle Tor, southern pile
Earlier in the week, a fellow tor bagger, named Kerry Pearn, contacted me, via my Facebook page, asking about the list I was ticking off and she mentioned one missing from my collection. It wasn't the first time I had heard of Hurston Castle Tor because it had a place on another list I have, that being tors and rocks to research once I had finished my initial task. But a little more investigation piqued my interest and I decided to go looking for it earlier than planned.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Dartmoor: Gibby Combe Tor

Above Holy Brook, beside Gibby Combe Tor
Above Holy Brook, near Gibby Combe Tor
Fresh from a successful walk in Holne Chase, Rich and I said farewell to Tim Jenkinson, then headed to Holne to seek out Gibby Combe Tor. This was a significant tor in that it was my last publicly accessible one to bag on the Social Hiking list. The remainder would require either permission or stealth!

Dartmoor: Holne Chase (with kind permission)

Forbidden River Dart
Forbidden River Dart
Having had a friendly encounter with the owner of Was Tor a few weeks back I was in a positive mind that approaching landowners to ask for access permission might not result in a flat "No!" every time. When the majority of tors and rocks that remain on my list are buried deep within private land and not a simple case of a five minute trespass, there was no harm in asking. Better to wander freely rather than step stealthily in the shadows.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Dartmoor: South - Part Three

Wacka Tor
Wacka Tor
Sleep had been fitful, partly because of the ewe calling to her injured infant. When I got up I made a quick check on the patient and mild conditions meant the night had not claimed it. I sent off an SMS to Dartmoor Livestock Protection to tell them we were moving on and the lamb was still alive. Not much else we could do now. They replied to say the farmer would be out this morning.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Dartmoor: South - Part Two

Tristis Rock
Tristis Rock

Having got up to see the sunrise, Matthew was soon rustling about in his tent. I wasn't sure if this was a deliberate attempt to get me to stir from my slumber but it worked. Our site had been a comfortable place and I had slept well for a change. Just as well because today was to be a lengthy, rambling affair to bag the tors and rocks of the far south.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Dartmoor: South - Part One

North Dartmoor left behind
North Dartmoor left behind

Sat in the Forest Inn, Hexworthy, on a Tuesday afternoon, cradling a pint of Dartmoor IPA, the temptation would be to stay on for another couple. But the fact was Matthew and I had a route planned that involved sixty kilometres and two, maybe three, nights wild camping so we had to get as far into the south moor as we could to make the next days as comfortable as possible.