Sunday, 1 October 2017

Dartmoor: Ausewell Woods (with kind permission)

Private Woodland
Contact details for Buckland Woods (not Ausewell Woods)
I had been waiting about six months for the chance to access Ausewell Woods. Forestry works and birds nesting meant the woods were out of bounds for the summer, but now I had the chance to explore.

Dartmoor: Hidden Tors and Rocks of Bearacleave and Stonelands

Bearacleave Wood
Bearacleave Wood
To write a blog post about the hidden tors within Bearacleave Woods and the neighbouring Stonelands Waste is a tall order, in that there is such an abundance it can spin your head keeping track of each outcrop. For this piece, I have concentrated on the more prominent and will no doubt be back to explore further. I'll also add that, being in woodland, some of the GPS grid references provided in this post may be out slightly.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Dartmoor: Coombe Tor

Coombe Tor lower southern outcrop
Coombe Tor

Coombe Tor is on private land. It is not a minor transgression from a footpath or a harmless hop over a gate; it is half a kilometre from the nearest right of way, within dense woodland left to encourage wildlife, and surrounded by a patchwork of fields. The responsible course of action is to seek the kind permission of the landowner.

Dartmoor: A Tor named "Granate" - part two

Looking back to Granate Tor
Granate Tor
After I had written up my previous post on Granate Tor, I was pretty sure I hadn't found it. I soon received more information, via Tim Jenkinson, and uncovered a later map that placed the forgotten tor in a different location. Problem was, both pieces of information contradicted each other. I was going to have to get out there and investigate both.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Dartmoor: A Tor named "Granate" - part one

Logan Stone on Corn Ridge
Logan stone on Corn Ridge
Every time I get wind of a tor I haven't heard of before, the urge to get out there and find it takes hold. Less than 24 hours had passed, from my attention being captured, and I was venturing out in a brief window between the rain, in search of "Granate" Tor.

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.