Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks of Blackadon Down

The Old Man of Webburn
Webburn Gap and "The Old Man"
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.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dartmoor: Nattor (with kind permission)

Nattor (12)
Back to a weekend in mid-September, I had half a mind to finally bag Nattor, but as this was a long way to come for such a minor outcrop, I planned to walk a circular from Burrator Reservoir. Although, when I had parked up I had still yet to decide on the route to take.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Dartmoor: Bee Tor (with kind permission)

Bee Tor
Bee Tor
It wasn't my intention, but Bee Tor was to be the last tor to bag on the Social Hiking list. I had written to the landowner a couple of months ago but not heard back, so I mustered up the confidence to drive by and knock on the door.

Dartmoor: Forbidden Bel Tor

Bel Tor
Bel Tor
After Vixen, Bel Tor, sat so close to a car park bearing its name, is probably the most well known forbidden outcrop on Dartmoor. It has been closed to the public for over 25 years now.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Dartmoor: Ausewell Woods (with kind permission)

Private Woodland
Contact details for Buckland Woods (not Ausewell Woods)
I had been waiting about six months for the chance to access Ausewell Woods. Forestry works and birds nesting meant the woods were out of bounds for the summer, but now I had the chance to explore.

Dartmoor: Hidden Tors and Rocks of Bearacleave and Stonelands

Bearacleave Wood
Bearacleave Wood
To write a blog post about the hidden tors within Bearacleave Woods and the neighbouring Stonelands Waste is a tall order, in that there is such an abundance it can spin your head keeping track of each outcrop. For this piece, I have concentrated on the more prominent and will no doubt be back to explore further. I'll also add that, being in woodland, some of the GPS grid references provided in this post may be out slightly.

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.