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.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Dartmoor: In search of Chub Tor

Footpath to Hoo Meavy
Footpath beside the disused railway
Sunday morning, I left the overcast skies of Okehampton, heading to the western side of Dartmoor, where the countryside bathed in warm sunshine. Well, that's how it felt from the car, but when I had parked up on the edge of Roborough Down, I stepped out into a biting wind which had me layering up smartish!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Dartmoor: Tors out of Merrivale

Merrivale
Merrivale
Saturday; it had been my intention to go in search of Chub Tor, down near Roborough Down, and visit a couple of tors I'd left behind in the area near Cadover Bridge. This wasn't a massive haul of tors bagged for a day walk, so when Richard Flint conveyed his disappointment, I looked to amend the route in search of some other elusive outcrops.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Dartmoor: Tors and Rocks out of Powdermills

Social Hikers on Braddon Tor
Social Hikers on Dartmoor

Fourth weekend of October, a small group of Social Hikers met up at the Powdermills Bunkhouse for a spot of socialising and walking. I joined them on the Saturday morning for the main hike of the weekend, one that started straight from the front door of our accommodation.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Dartmoor: In search of Water Rock and other tors

Sign Post to Bovey Valley
Sign post to the Bovey Valley
Since I started out on this tor bagging challenge, I've been intrigued by the introduction of new ones that have not been cataloged, or were simply forgotten. Many have been brought to my attention thanks to the fine work of Tim Jenkinson. It began with an article in Dartmoor Magazine, which led me to his excellent Flickr album: East Dartmoor Lesser Known Tors and Rocks. My plan today was to go in search of Water Rock, Mill Bottom (North) and Mill Bottom (South), in addition to visiting the more well known Gradner Rocks.

Dartmoor: A visit to the Slipper Stones and other assorted rocks

East Tor
East Tor
It was the third day of an August Bank Holiday weekend; we had just spent the previous two days hiking from Okehampton to Fur Tor and back so nothing too strenuous was the order of the day. With the intention of throwing in a number of unvisited tors for my companions, Rich and Cath, we had to keep in mind that they both had trains to catch in Exeter late that afternoon. I chose Meldon Reservoir, and very glad I did!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Dartmoor: Okehampton to Fur Tor two day circular

Camp on Fur Tor
Camp on Fur Tor (pic courtesy of Cath Wells)
It was a mini-social hiking wild camping meet over the August bank holiday weekend, with Cath and Rich journeying down to the south-west for a two day hike to Fur Tor, where we would be met by Phil and Sarah. There are simpler routes to take to the "Maiden of the Moor", but for some reason I thought that it would be a good idea to start from my doorstep, in Okehampton.