Monday, 13 March 2017

Dartmoor: Tors and Rocks from Cadover Bridge

Cadworthy Tor looking to The Dewerstone
Cadworthy Tor, looking to Dewerstone
Back in August 2015, I made my first visit to this south-western corner of the national park. In the height of summer, the weight of growth in the woods, the height of the bracken, made it difficult to explore and I had to give up on any attempt of reaching Shaugh Beacon from the path on West Down. I wagered that a trip in the cooler months might prove more fruitful.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dartmoor: White Ridge Tor

White Ridge Tor (higher outcrop)
White Ridge Tor (higher outcrop)
For those that have visited White Ridge it will hardly stand out as a pivotal moment in your adventures. It is a hill, a Dewey no less, being 506 metres at its highest point. Situated south-west of the edge of Fernworthy Forest, it is a location that you pass over, rather than seek out.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Dartmoor: A Shelstone Tor Wild Camp

West Okement Valley near Slipper Stones
West Okement Valley, near the Slipper Stones
Waking with a throat that felt like I had swallowed barb wire, it probably wasn't the smartest idea to head out for a wild camp, but Matthew was still hanging around after New Year and I didn't really want to bail on him.

Dartmoor: Buckland Beacon and other rocks

Buckland Beacon
Buckland Beacon
The murk of New Years Day had gone, replaced by a stunning, but cold, morning. My choice of a walk to Buckland Beacon made for a difficult drive on the east side of the moor with the glare of a very low winter sun.

Dartmoor: two New Year walks

Goat Rock
Goat Rock
I met up with friends in Princetown for a couple of days walking over the new year holiday. Two short walks, nothing strenuous, as this was more about socialising than the walks themselves.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Dartmoor: the hanging stone on "Newtake" Hill

The Hangingstone
The Hanging Stone

I've been out to Hangingstone Hill many times, but, it dawned on me that I had not visited the stone itself! It would appear to be a long way to go to see a fairly unremarkable outcrop, but the route out from Belstone is one of the best circulars you could hope to do on Dartmoor.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Dartmoor: Christmas Eve and Boxing Day walks

Oke Tor
Oke Tor

I intended to spend the festive period getting out onto the moor as often as I could. My original idea was to venture to the south-east and explore the tors and rocks I have yet to bag, but the distances to travel over short days (and the extensive football TV coverage) would make that difficult. Instead, I adopted a more leisurely approach. Here are two short walks I took over the Christmas period;

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Devon Coast to Coast Revisited

Day 5: Coast to Coast sign
Coast to Coast sign
The Devon Coast to Coast / Two Moors Way is a 117 mile long distance trail that I had first attempted way back in 2009. On that occasion it was a south to north affair that ended mid morning of day three, down by the River Dart at New Bridge. The rain had finally took its toll on my morale and with the prospect of a long day to Chagford and no let up in the inclement weather, I took pity on myself and gave up.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Dartmoor: Arch Tor

The old Lich Way gate before the diversion
The old Lich Way gate before the diversion
After my unscheduled lunch stop at the Fox Tor Cafe, to sit out the fog, I jumped back in the car for the drive home. As I left Princetown, heading towards Bellever, I was thrilled to see the clouds had yet to form in these parts and the sun shone unhindered. Time to visit Arch Tor.

Dartmoor: Gipsy Rock

sheep by a tree
sheep by a tree
I had planned on tidying up some stragglers this Sunday, with a few short walks in the south-west corner of Dartmoor, but some midday mist made the task of photographing new tors and rocks pointless. Instead, I managed two gentle rambles, adding two more rocks to my tally. First up, Gipsy Rock.