Monday, 5 February 2018

Dartmoor: Badger's Holt

Badgers Holt Lower Outcrop
Badger's Holt (lower outcrop)
With a second exploration of Buckland Woods complete and wary of the difficulty we had finding somewhere to get a bite and a pint last time, Tim Jenkinson and I headed to Dartmeet and Badger's Holt. It gave me a chance to view some outcrops Tim had mentioned, close to the cafe, that, inexplicably, (and to my shame!), I have walked passed countless times without noticing.

Badger's Holt Lower Outcrop
Badger's Holt (lower outcrop)
It is a little puzzling, given the popular location, that the two granite outcrops at Badger's Holt have failed to get a mention in any historical books. The only person that has acknowledged them appears to be Tim.

The lower outcrop sits at SX 6729 7341, beside the footpath as you leave the car park to head north up the right side of the East Dart. Atop sits a small farm building, so it is definitely a substantial tor.

Badgers Holt Higher Outcrop
Badger's Holt (higher outcrop)

Continuing up the path, as it bends, the higher outcrop appears at SX 6733 7345, where a short lane leading to the building, intersects. There is a small enclosure nestled in its shade, its fence and wall in a sorry state of disrepair. It's a scruffy scene, with what looks like a battered coop or sty rotting within. 

Badgers Holt Higher Outcrop
Badger's Holt (higher outcrop)
It is certainly worthy of note, and I hope that when you are next in the area, you stop to admire, rather than walk idly by as I have been guilty of doing in the past!