Sunday, 29 July 2018

Dartmoor: South Down, Meldon

Exposed rock above the bridleway on South Down
Exposed rock above the bridleway on South Down

Rising to 375m, South Down stretches along the left bank of Meldon Reservoir. It's an area of private land with a bridleway, running on its north-western edge, being its only public access.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Dartmoor: Discovering the real Black Rocks, and other outcrops

Erme Pit Hill Girt
Erme Pit Hill Girt

There was a little puzzle to solve today, the principle reason for the excursion, but dotted along the seventeen or so kilometres were plenty of attractions to seek out along the way. I do adore the rugged tin working scars of Erme Pits and the regeneration that has taken place since, so I was eager to do this in good weather to really appreciate it.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Dartmoor: Rediscovering Strane Tor

Strane Tor and fish rock
Strane Tor

Let me say straight away, Strane Tor is not a classic! It's undoubtedly going to disappoint you if you visit and you'll likely curse Crossing for mentioning it in the first place. Such is its stature, there has been doubt on its actual location, with some of the most eminent Dartmoor experts failing to pinpoint it with accuracy. You'll likely be questioning why I am dedicating so much time to it (I know I am!) but let's hope Tim Jenkinson and I, on our recent visit, have solved the puzzle.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks in or near Castor Copse

Great Warmpit Copse Tor
Great Warmpit Copse Tor

I have to hand it to Max Piper, aka @torbagger, his dedicated scanning of Google Satellite View uncovered some wonderful granite outcrops in the woods to the south-east of Kelly Mine. He was eager to go there and eventually mustered up the courage to explore the area on his own. So impressed were Tim Jenkinson and I, when reading his blog post, we immediately set up a visit with Max as our guide.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) - part 2: East Webburn from Lizwell Meet

Lizwell Bridge Rock
Lizwell Bridge Rock

Continuing our exploration of Buckland Woods; a collection of numerous private woodlands, all managed by Fountain Forestry, and to enter them a permit can be obtained. The sections within part two are Pudsham Wood and Lizwell Wood.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Dartmoor: Blackingstone Rock and its outliers

Blackingstone Rock
Blackingstone Rock
Despite its towering dome poking above many vantage points on East Dartmoor, Blackingstone Rock, or Blackystone as it is also known, is relatively hidden away behind Pepperdon Down. It is protected by narrow lanes, thwarting the coaches that, were it accessible, would surely visit.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dartmoor: Shillyrock or William Crossings' "Druid's Altar"

Outcrop revealed in the woods south-east of Blackingstone Rock
Outcrop revealed in the woods south-east of Blackingstone Rock
On my previous walk, with Max Piper, I spotted, from the road between Kennick Reservoir and Laployd, a possible undocumented outcrop in the plantation above the hamlet of Smithacott. It looked like recent tree felling had brought this one back from obscurity and I was eager to visit at the first opportunity.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Dartmoor: In Search of Hollowpark Rock

Hollowpark Rock
Hollowpark Rock

What an exciting rock and roll life I lead! In an online conversation, on a Friday night, with Max (also known, on Instagram, as @tor_bagger) he happened to notice, on a 1949 version of an OS map, the name "Hollowpark Rock". Cross referencing with a modern version (not OL28 because, it seems Ordnance Survey think that area of the National Park is not important enough to be included), the rock had disappeared! Only one thing for it, a trip out to the land off the edge of the world!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) - part 1: Buckland Bridge to Lizwell Meet

Buckland. Private Woodland.
Buckland Woods

Buckland Woods sit to the west, below Buckland in the Moor, its boundary running from the eastern bank of the Double Dart, near Lover's Leap, curving to Buckland Bridge, before running up the Webburn north to Lizwell Meet. There is then a spur along the northern bank of the West Webburn to the edge of Cleave Wood near Ponsworthy, and also either side of the East Webburn to Cockingford Bridge.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Dartmoor: More Tors and Rocks near Hennock

Beadon Rock
Beadon Rock
The hills and woods on the eastern edge of Dartmoor really are a treasure trove of hidden outcrops. Rarely visited, many are more impressive than the more well known, and I always look forward to a walk in this area. I can have no better guide than Tim Jenkinson, who, on this trip, was introducing me to a couple of his previous finds as well as seeking out a couple of new outcrops that a fellow tor bagger, Max Piper, had recently discovered.