Dartmoor: a mini expedition to "Buck-Sorrell" Rocks
|South Hessary Tor|
|Neil, +Richard , me & +Matthew, photo courtesy of +Phil Sorrell|
|South Hessary Tor|
|Icy road to Peat Cot|
|Devonport Leat at Peat Cot|
|The team point our the wrong Strane Tor|
|Crock of Gold, photo courtesy of +Matthew King|
|Me on Blakey Tor, photo courtesy of +Matthew King|
|The others approaching Blakey Tor|
Over a small hill, we were soon at our next objective; Buck-Sorrell Rocks.
|Buck-Sorrell Rocks (South)|
|Bridge over the Blackbrook|
|Buck-Sorrell Rocks (North)|
|Prince Hall Rocks (official) according to Ken Ringwood|
On the premise that if a name is used often enough it soon sticks, we shall now forever call them "Buck-Sorrell Rocks", encourage others to do the same when they visit and blog, and hopefully let time weave its magic. One day, our names will be immortalised in this quiet corner of Dartmoor!
Well that's the plan, anyway!
Moving on, we started back to Princetown, via Round Hill Tor, where we took a break, finishing off a flask of Ribena.
|Sitting on Round Hill Tor|
|Walking along the Blackbrook|
Choosing to take the B3212 to Yealmpton; the best gritted road off the moor, we were shocked and appalled by the traffic. Both sides of the road were clogged by cars parked bumper to bumper. It was one thing for the residents of Plymouth and alike to come up and enjoy the snow on this beautiful day, but to behave so irresponsibly was another matter entirely. It was gone three in the afternoon and still the cars were snaking up from down below. We passed drivers just pulling up and getting out with little thought of oncoming traffic or people behind them. We saw car bonnets adorned with snow men, and other sculptures, obscuring their vision as they drove along; it was as if a local lunatic asylum had decided on an open door policy!
I didn't like seeing Dartmoor being abused like that; I was glad to be leaving, safe in the knowledge that this is unusual, this amount of snow is relatively rare, and when it melts, the idiots will have left. Hopefully, their visit won't have had too much of a detrimental impact on the locals, the livestock and the wildlife.