Dartmoor: A wild camp at foggintor quarry
|Foggintor Quarry Wild Camp|
After a long break in the Fox Tor Cafe, agreeing a route for the next wild camp, +Phil Sorrell and I eventually stepped back out into the heat on the moor, with a plan to bag the tors west of Princetown. It was an opportunity for me to tidy up some of those I missed on my last visit. As it turned out, not everything went to plan...
It all started well enough, climbing the hill to North Hessary Tor, passing a string of ponies, lazily grazing and grooming in the afternoon sun.
|Ponies on North Hessary Tor|
|Herne Hole Tor|
|Phil on Herne Hole Tor, Rundlestone in the distance|
|View from Rundlestone Tor, along the 1240 boundary of the Forest of Dartmoor, to Great Mis Tor|
|Hollow Tor (Rundlestone)|
|View from Hollow Tor (Rundlestone)|
We reached the grid reference of the mystery tor, but there was little to show apart from the odd scattered rock protruding from the uneven grass. Such was my preoccupation with finding Billy, I failed to notice I was attracting the attention of a solitary cow, who approached me. When I finally saw her a few metres away, staring menacingly, I wisely decided the flat insignificant slab of granite I was stood on was hardly a safe haven, and retreated. As I stepped away I realised I had been between her and a calf, and being the good mother she was, had seen me off!
|Supposed site of Billy's Tor (Tor not found) and the concerned cow|
|Bath Time at Foggintor|
|Sheep at dusk|
I'm keen to put this trip out of my mind and return to Dartmoor, but work has kept me away for quite a few weeks. Still, a weekend planned in October.
And so to the route: