Friday, 29 March 2013

Lydford to Brent Tor

The church on Brent Tor
As tors go, Brent Tor is easily bagged with a short stroll from the car park below, but I chose a circular walk from Lydford to make a half day of it.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Dartmoor: Belstone to Hangingstone Hill

Hangingstone Hill military shelter
Hangingstone Hill military hut
A couple of days thawing out at Base Camp (aka "mum's"), in Halwill Junction, and it was time to venture out onto the moors again. This little route is a particular favourite of mine; a circuit of the ridge above Taw Marsh and the valley. On this occasion I added an extension to Hangingstone Hill to up the mileage.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Dartmoor: Wistmans Wood from Princetown

Hoar Frost hits Dartmoor
Hoar Frost hits Dartmoor
I was feeling very guilty after a large slice of Coffee and Walnut cake, and, with my efforts yesterday being minimal, I skipped both dinner and a pint last night. A bitter night, apparently. My decision to stay in the bunkhouse paid off, and by all accounts from the teacher chatter in the cafe, the kids camping on the moor had had a character building night under canvas and there were a few tears.

Dartmoor: Bellever Forest and a stepping stone too far.

Bellever Forest
Bellever Forest
The drive down the A386  from Okehampton to Tavistock was bathed in sunshine, and had me enthused about the prospects of the walk today. Where was this fog the Met office had predicted? Sure enough, as I turned left and climbed onto the moor, I hit the clouds!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Dartmoor: Crock of Gold, Drizzle Combe Stone Row and Sheep’s Tor

Crazywell Cross
Crazywell Cross

Back down in the West Country for a second weekend running, and this time I managed to coax my friend Diane away from work for her first hike on Dartmoor. I had a few ideas in my head of routes to take, and, as is nearly always the case in such situations, the weather determined the one we took, and it was inevitably one I hadn’t considered in the first place!

Monday, 4 March 2013

The Whitehorse Hill Cist and death on the moor!

Now, the other day I came across a highly entertaining blog called “Two Blondes Walking” and one particular post mentioned a book called Dartmoor 365, by John Howard.