Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Monday, 29 October 2018
|Buckland Lodge Tor|
Continuing our explorations in Buckland Woods, we turn to the south-eastern sections, comprising of Hardridge, Greypark and Coombe Wood.
Sunday, 29 July 2018
|Exposed rock above the bridleway on South Down|
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.
Sunday, 3 June 2018
|Erme Pit Hill Girt|
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.
Saturday, 26 May 2018
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.
Friday, 25 May 2018
|Great Warmpit Copse Tor|
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.
Saturday, 19 May 2018
|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, Lizwell Wood and Town Wood.
Sunday, 13 May 2018
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
|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
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!