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!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Dartmoor: Peter Tavy to Lydford

Phil, Sarah and Kate starting off on the Lich Way the day before.
Kate, Phil and Sarah head out on the Lich Way

When I left Phil, Sarah and Kate at Lydford Castle on the Easter Saturday morning, the rain had already started. I had decided to give this traverse of the Lych Way a miss, as forecast was a character building day of misery battling with horizontal rain. Just as well I did!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Dartmoor: Coombe Down, Nattadon Common and Meldon Hill

Outcrop, Nattadon Common
Nattadon Tor 
With such a beautiful day forecast, I was in a quandry as to where to go. I had no idea of destination when I climbed the moor to Princetown this early Good Friday morning, arriving at the Fox Tor Cafe before its doors opened. Fuel taken on board, I later hopped back in the car, still without a plan. I found myself driving through Postbridge, passed the Warren House Inn and Birch Tor. I eventually came to a halt on Shapley Common, at a car park on a bend of the B3212, with a great view of, from North to South; Meldon Hill, Nattadon Common, Bee Tor, Easdon Tor and Hayne Down.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dartmoor: An evening stroll along the Taw and over Belstone Common

Higher Tor
Higher Tor

The continuing saga of not being able to relocate permanently, having to endure the weekly commute to London for work, has meant that any chores or tasks around the home cannot be fulfilled during the weekday evenings. Include the excellent form of my beloved West Ham United compelling me to seek out a dodgy online stream most weekends, my time is limited. The knock on effect is that walks on Dartmoor recently have been stolen opportunities.