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.

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.