Showing posts from March, 2016

Dartmoor: Coombe Down, Nattadon Common and Meldon Hill

With such a beautiful day forecast, I was in a quandry as to where to go. I had no idea of destination when I climbed the moor to Princetown this early Good Friday morning, arriving at the Fox Tor Cafe before its doors opened. Fuel taken on board, I later hopped back in the car, still without a plan. I found myself driving through Postbridge, passed the Warren House Inn and Birch Tor. I eventually came to a halt on Shapley Common, at a car park on a bend of the B3212, with a great view of, from North to South; Meldon Hill, Nattadon Common, Bee Tor, Easdon Tor and Hayne Down.

Dartmoor: An evening stroll along the Taw and over Belstone Common

The continuing saga of not being able to relocate permanently, having to endure the weekly commute to London for work, has meant that any chores or tasks around the home cannot be fulfilled during the weekday evenings. Include the excellent form of my beloved West Ham United compelling me to seek out a dodgy online stream most weekends, my time is limited. The knock on effect is that walks on Dartmoor recently have been stolen opportunities.

Dartmoor: Yet another round of the Tors and Rocks near Burrator Reservoir

When Phil suggested we do another ramble around Burrator Reservoir last weekend, I did initially think it was an unwanted distraction from the hundred or so tors I've still not bagged and the vast tracts of Dartmoor I've yet to discover, but what the hell, there was good company to be had, a missed outcrop in need of collection, and I was keen to show off a neglected lump of granite in the Rough Tor Plantation.