Friday, 16 November 2018

Shaptor Wood - Part 2: Rock Copse from Lower Shaptor

Bowden Tor
Bowden Tor

Continuing our exploration of Shaptor Wood we return to the T junction, leaving Northcombe Copse behind. Here you should turn right to head deeper into the woodland. Not long after this, a small track heads off left, clearly used by the bouldering community as a way to ascend and access 'Lower Shaptor' at SX 8091 8061.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Shaptor Wood - Part 1: Northcombe Copse from Slade Cross

Shaptor Rock
Shaptor Rock

This is a very special place; I have walked in Shaptor Wood more times than anywhere else in the whole of Dartmoor National Park, and there are many fabulous tors within it. So I have decided to include every single tor in 3 separate blog posts to allow me to show you, in detail, this boulder-strewn woodland. Before I start I must thank Tim Jenkinson who has found many of these excellent tors and helpfully documented them on his Flickr page. He is a true inspiration for this era of discovering long-lost rock piles and has motivated me to keep going. 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Rocks on Mardon Down and a Revisit to Pin Tor

Pin Tor rock basin
Pin Tor rock basin

This was going to be an exciting walk, not least because I was visiting the magnificent Pin Tor and Willingstone Rock, but the weather was forecast to be interesting, i.e changeable.