Dartmoor: a busy morning; a stroll, Active Summer, and the Dartmoor Timelapse Film
|Rich Flint on Little King's Tor|
Rich had got the overnight train down from Paddington, arriving at stupid o'clock (5.15am) Saturday morning in Plymouth. I had offered to pick him up from the station, but on hearing the time of arrival, I promptly arranged to meet him later in Princetown. Two buses from Plymouth later, he arrived at eight to join me for the mandatory breakfast at the Fox Tor Cafe.
Among my objectives for this weekend, I wanted to pick up a couple of signed copies of Ken Ringwood's "Dartmoor Tors and Rocks", at the National Parks Activity Summer Day, and also introduce myself to Jenny How, one of the Publishers of the excellent Active Dartmoor Magazine. But that wasn't until later in the day, it was early still so we went for a short bimble.
We walked out along the old railway track and made our way up to Foggintor, or what is left of it, because when you reach the top of the hill you are met with a long drop view of the old quarry. What was once a blot on the landscape is gradually being reclaimed by nature and the spot doesn't look half bad an option for a wild camp! A quick google about the place, I've since found out that it is listed as a place to Wild Swim!
Also, granite from this quarry was used to build the Prison in Princetown and parts of the town, as well as the base of Nelson's Column. For more about the quarry, visit the; Dartmoor20 website.
|Ruins near Foggintor Quarry|
|Heather on King's Tor|
|The Disused Railway near King's Tor|