Dartmoor: a north to south traverse
Very quickly, I made my way passed the Nine Maidens Stone Circle, where ponies grazed and used the granite as scratching posts. By now it was obvious it was going to be a hot day and I was thankful I had packed light.
I was going over familiar, well trodden ground; the track ascended by Winter, up to Knattaborough, and Oke Tors, then descending to the ford in Steeperton Gorge.
I have written about this remarkable piece of archaeology before, in my blog post Whitehorse Hill Cist and Death on the Moor and if you wish to know more visit the Dartmoor National Park website.
I crossed Ugborough Moor, and spotted a good wildcamping site, at Left Lake Mires. One in the memory bank for future adventures!
It was then just a matter of walking down off the moor on a grassy path, to a gate that took me into a beautiful lane alive with wildflowers.
All good things come to an end, and signs of urban development began to appear.
As I neared my destination, there was one last surprise, the view of the River Erme cascading through the centre of town.