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.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Dartmoor: A rummage around Canonteign Down

Shuttamoor Rock
Shuttamoor Rock

Looking at the Ordnance Survey map, Tim had spotted a potential undocumented tor, above Canonteign Falls; a marked area of exposed rock. When he showed me it, I too was keen to check it out, so we came up with a route to explore the Canonteign Down area in addition to revisiting Hyner Rocks.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Dartmoor: Winter walk to Branscombe's Loaf

Branscombe's Loaf
Branscombe's Loaf
Snow had arrived on Dartmoor a couple of days after Christmas, but I had yet to take a walk over the festive period thanks to a virus. When I got the chance, on the 28th, the best had gone, but there was still enough to make a short stroll up to Branscombe's Loaf worthwhile.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Dartmoor: Badger's Holt

Badgers Holt Lower Outcrop
Badger's Holt (lower outcrop)
With a second exploration of Buckland Woods complete and wary of the difficulty we had finding somewhere to get a bite and a pint last time, Tim Jenkinson and I headed to Dartmeet and Badger's Holt. It gave me a chance to view some outcrops Tim had mentioned, close to the cafe, that, inexplicably, (and to my shame!), I have walked passed countless times without noticing.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks of Blackadon Down

The Old Man of Webburn
The Old Man of Webburn Gap

The following blog post is the culmination of two consecutive weekends on Blackadon Down. I felt the wealth of granite found on my solo visit merited a return with Tim Jenkinson, to verify the outcrops I had found. Also present, my friend Matthew King had the chance to experience these previously undocumented tors.