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The South Zeal / Duchy of Cornwall stones

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The law condemns the man or woman  Who steals a goose from off a common:  But lets the greater villain loose  Who steals the common from the goose.
A rambler ascending from Belstone with the intention of reaching the summit of Cosdon, will likely pass a fine granite post close to the boundary wall of Skaigh known as Ska Corner (Grid SX 63307 93312). Closer inspection will reveal the intriguing inscriptions 'SZ1' and 'DC1’.

Introducing Tors of Dartmoor

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Anyone who happens to read my ramblings will notice that the posts had dried up over the past four months. Fear not, I am still alive and very well! My attention to the blog has been remiss as I have been embroiled and a little overwhelmed by a special project that has now reached its conclusion and I am happy to announce here!

Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) - part 3: Buckland Bridge to Ausewell Woods

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Continuing our explorations in Buckland Woods, we turn to the south-eastern sections, comprising of  Hardridge, Greypark and Coombe Wood.

Dartmoor: South Down, Meldon

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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.

Dartmoor: Discovering the real Black Rocks, and other outcrops

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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.

Dartmoor: Rediscovering Strane Tor

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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.

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks in or near Castor Copse

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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.