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Dartmoor: A trip out to Cranmere Pool

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When my neighbour, Neil, told me he would be knocking at six in the morning, for our excursion to Cranmere Pool, I wasn't particularly enthused about the prospect. Getting up at just gone five when you're on holiday is something I would normally associate with jet lag! But that was the decision and it proved to be the right one.

Dartmoor: Torrycombe Tor, Crownhill Tor

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I'll admit that Crownhill Tor was something of an irritant; not even within the national park and surrounded by the awful china clay works that scar the landscape. I expected little of the walk to bag this one, possibly there, back, job done. I'm pleased to report I was wrong!

Dartmoor: Some tors and rocks around Lancombe Hill

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Above the River Plym, on Penn Moor, there were a couple of outcrops I needed to visit on my quest to bag the tors and rocks of Dartmoor. One I had forgotten to photograph on my first visit and the other missed altogether. With such a nice day ahead, I thought it was a good idea to incorporate them into a circular over Lancombe Hill as far as Yealm Rocks and also seek out a third outcrop missed near Ducks Pool.

Dartmoor: Foxes' Yard, a Round of Beef and rethinking Water Rock

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"Other piles have also fanciful names attached to them, one being known as Harton's Chest, and another as The Foxes' Yard. A rock near the river, and not far from Foxworthy Mill, bears a name which should render it a fit companion to the Parson's Loaf. It is the Round of Beef, the very sound of which is calculated to arouse anticipations of the most pleasing kind in the mind of the visitor who has been wandering all day on the moor." - William Crossing from 'Gems in a Granite Setting'.

Dartmoor: Was Tor

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I arrived an hour before opening time for Lydford Gorge, parking at the White Lady Waterfalls car park, with the intention of trying to find the owner of Was Tor before I turned my attention to the gorge. Please note this small outcrop lies on private land with horses and permission should always be sought.

Dartmoor: Lydford Gorge and Raven's Tor

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With two weeks holiday booked over the Easter break, where else would I go but Dartmoor? Let's face it, this is the reason I moved here! It was all going according to plan, the long range weather forecast was encouraging and I had high hopes of visiting many new tors, in addition to a few old friends. First up would be a visit to the only tor on my list that had an admission fee.

Dartmoor: The Tors downstream from Dartmeet

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I had been avoiding today's little trip largely because it appeared, on both paper and from various vantage points in the area, that it was going to be a right bugger to do. But now, as my tor bagging to do list is decreasing, I couldn't put it off any longer and the conditions were perfect to make the descent into Meltor Woods, beside the Dart.