Dartmoor: Forest Boundary for DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal - Day 1
|Ladybrook (aka Ottery) - first tor of the trek!|
|Jim on Ladybrook Tor|
|Boundary Mark #1: Cossdonne - Cosdon (SX 63600 91523)|
We mainly kept to the obvious southerly path along the ridge, with a brief diversion to bag Little Hound Tor along the way. Having done the hardest work on the long ascent of Cosdon and enjoying the relatively flat ground, I had a misplaced sense the rest of the day would be a formality as we reached boundary mark #2: Hound Tor.
|Little Hound Tor|
|Boundary Mark #2: Hundetorre - Hound Tor (SX 62883 89033)|
|Boundary Mark #3: Thurlestone - Watern Tor (SX 62908 86823)|
We went to look for Manga Rock but it soon became clear that our target was further south than anticipated, too far out of our way, and so we dropped our first target of the trek. It wouldn't matter, as there were some I had in reserve should we fall short.
We followed Hew Lake down to the North Teign, its foot being the boundary mark #4. The use of stepping stones and hand rails help make short work of crossing the North Teign. We also took the opportunity, here, to have a break and a paddle to revive our feet. I thoroughly recommend this practice, as it works wonders!
|Boundary Mark #4: Wotesbrokelakesfote - Hew Lake Foot (SX 63955 86053)|
|Wall over Stonetor Lake and up to Stonetor Hill|
|Boundary Mark #5: Heigheston - Shoveldown Longstone (SX 66025 85678)|
|Fire pit below Middle Tor. There was a stack of firewood (not shown) piled up against the tor.|
|Thornworthy Tor in the distance|
|Fernworthy Reservoir from Thornworthy Tor|
|Boundary Mark #6: Langestone - The Heath Stone (SX 67120 83721)|
We met up with Phil at Water Hill. This has long been recognised as the real position for Furnum Regis - King's Oven; Boundary Mark #8, as opposed to where the Ordnance Survey map puts it, nearer the road. That location is a non-prominent prehistoric closure and no way could it be the marker.
|Boundary Mark #8: Furnum Regis - King's Oven aka Water Hill (SX 67473 81296)|
Having followed the true path of the boundary back in 2009, I was in no mood to experience it again. It was a lengthy descent to the farm without path, and culminated in an awkward crossing of the Wallabrook to reach the farm gate. We, instead, set off along a narrow succession of ridge paths above the extensive tin workings. These deep rifts in the landscape are, in themselves, a good place to explore as they have long been reclaimed by nature.
We eventually made it to the Soussons Down Plantation. My feet were tiring on this last section, not helped by the stone track we were slowly descending to the metalled road at Runnage.
To be continued...