Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Dartmoor: Chittaford Down Rocks and Archerton Rocks

Chittaford Down Rocks waterfall

Today's stroll, armed with new boots and poles, was going to involve some gentle ascents, two new bags (outcrops), a benchmark hunt and a cist hunt, and believe it or not, I found everything I wanted to see!

Monday, 15 July 2019

Dartmoor: South Zeal to Shilstone Tor via Whitehorse Hill Cist (Part 2)

Watern Tor

Continuing my walk from Part 1, I checked Dartefacts to see if there was anything else up on Whitehorse Hill to visit before I began my descent, and yes, there was: Moute's Inn at SX 61780 85266. I made a beeline for the tinners' hut or something similar.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Dartmoor: South Zeal to Shilstone Tor via Whitehorse Hill Cist (Part 1)

Whitehorse Hill Cist

The first thing you may be thinking is, "Max, why on earth have you focused a post, a walk even on an item that isn't an outcrop?" Hmm... and my answer to that is very simple: this place is remote, appealing and historical. Oh, what's happened to me?

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Bodmin Moor: The Tors on Twelve Men's Moor

Kilmar Tor

Well this was different! It's amazing how it only takes one person and then a Facebook Group to convince me enough to visit somewhere else other than Dartmoor. And it got me thinking, how about I try and bag every tor on Bodmin Moor - because there are less than 100 - and I'm well over halfway into bagging all of Dartmoor's? It just so happens that this walk was the start of an additional challenge.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Dartmoor: Around Meldon Reservoir

Black Tor (Okehampton)

I don't visit this area enough. When looking at my tor bagging progress map, I noticed a significant area of orange, or red, meaning unbagged. I wanted to remedy that with a walkout of Meldon Reservoir... with a small diversion.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Dartmoor: Tors from the Scout Hut

Lower Hartor Tor

Let me put it right out there this was a hot one, and whilst the walk was easy ground, the tors great and the area interesting, the heat inhibited our enjoyment. We parked up at the deceptively quiet Gutter Tor car park, by the Scout Hut, in the hope of bagging a vast selection of tors to the east of here, and perhaps later on in the day Nat Tor (Sheepstor).

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Dartmoor: Bagging Hexton Tor

Hexton Tor with Great Trowlesworthy Tor behind

Finally, I conjured up the courage to make a day solely for Hexton Tor, which prior to now was nicknamed, by me, as the 'elusive tor'; it was a right bugger to attempt from the Great Trowlesworthy Tor side but being the last tor to bag here had to be done. On my map, it just appeared as a lonely orange dot amid tonnes of purple. Time to remedy that!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Dartmoor: Clearing up stragglers along the East Dart

Broken Tor and Tim at the elongated outcrop

It feels quite surreal to say that this walk has meant that I have bagged every named tor between Gidleigh on the north moor and Cornwood on the south moor, barring one which isn't even named - yet! But it looks too good to be forgotten about, residing at SX 623 780 below Higher White Tor. I still have a long way to go, but to be able to say I've done a large patch is a great feeling, and long may it continue.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Dartmoor: The Tors around Spitchwick

Leigh Tor

After successfully bagging Aish Tor yesterday (Jun 16th), I felt the need to visit three more tors in the vicinity, before the bracken became too much. Well, it turned out it was too late, but Mum and I still battled through it to achieve the day's goals.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Dartmoor: Bagging Aish Tor

Aish Tor

Strolls on Dartmoor don't get any simpler than this. We parked below Aish Tor at SX 70722 71485, took the track ascending to Dr. Blackall's Drive, and continued up the hill where the outcrops are obvious ahead.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Dartmoor: Bellever Tor and Laughter Tor

Tim ascending Bellever Tor

After just finishing my first week of GCSEs, I already wanted to get out into some fresh air having been cooped up in a building for the last 5 days. It turned out to be one of my favourite walks, having great tors, terrain, and surrounding interest.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Dartmoor: Rowden Down in the mist

Millie on Rowden Tor

This was just a short stroll, on purpose, because it was misty for one and damp. I did get another new bag out of it, though: Rowden Rock, a tiny tor mentioned by Rob Naylor on his 'Dartefacts' website. It actually turned out to be a very enjoyable 0.85 miles!

Monday, 10 June 2019

Dartmoor: The Tors at Becky Falls

Boulder Clamber South Tor

I've been holding off writing this blog post for a while since it was a very tough area to document, and there is such an abundance that you can end up bewildered, like Mum and I at the time, walking around in circles trying to find a certain outcrop. Fortunately, we were one of the first people in, at 10 o'clock, so we had much of the park to ourselves to explore.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Dartmoor: In Search of Dartmoor's Chub Tor

Chub Tor

Chub Tor, one of Dartmoor's best-named tors, is also one I've been meaning to bag for some time. This is not my usual patch (of land), so I became even more excited to explore a new area. A late afternoon venture on the west side of the moor proved successful, and Mum and I can now retell the tale.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Dartmoor: Rediscovering Broomage Tor, and visiting other tors in the vicinity

Paul Rendell at Broomage Tor

This could perhaps be called one of those Dartmoor irritants, and certainly one for tor baggers if you're aware of it. Broomage Tor has never, until now, been located which surprised me given William Crossing mentions it in 100 Years (1901), as do Dr Peter Sanders and Alan Watson in their Tors 380 List (1996). So why has this elusive rockpile been forgotten? Does it even exist? We are amid clay workings, after all. It only made sense for me to meet Paul Rendell, editor of the popular Dartmoor News. Both intrigued about this conundrum, we met up for the first time to go in search of this forgotten tor.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Dartmoor: Around Fox Tor Mires

Fox Tor

The Fox Tor Mires area of Dartmoor, which is infamous just because of the mire's history, actually houses three tors in the vicinity, some distance away from any other outcrops. They are best bagged in a short loop from Whiteworks like we did, but there is such a plethora of interest that you could easily spend a day here.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Dartmoor: Shipley Bridge to Ivybridge (Part 2)

Sharp Tor (Harford Moor)

Continuing my walk from Part 1, I descended Three Barrows on its eastern slope aiming to cross Red Brook. I got a bit too close to Red Brook Head, entering some tussock grass so I followed the watercourse downstream to find a suitable place to cross, an easy task for such a small brook.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Dartmoor: Shipley Bridge to Ivybridge (Part 1)

Ryder's Rocks

This was going to be quite a big walk for me, and it took in a lot of tors on the featureless south moor. But I love it like that sometimes, and it enabled me to just forget any issues in my life and breathe in the fresh air.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Dartmoor: An Expedition to the Queen of the Moor (Part 2)

Heading into the mist - Fur Tor 2019

This blog post is a continuation of the last (link HERE), where we followed the East Dart upstream after leaving Broadun through Sandy Hole Pass. We then enter even more remote territory, and the weather dramatically changes for the worse.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Dartmoor: An Expedition to the Queen of the Moor (Part 1)

Sandy Hole Rocks (north) view down the East Dart River

This walk had been in the planning for quite some time now, and given it was the first 'long' day of the year (31 Mar), a visit to the Queen of the Moor would be appropriate. I have never been until now and had high expectations of the tor itself. Several people have described it as the 'best' and even the 'queen' of the moor. Only thing which had to be decided upon was the route - would Paul, Tim and I go from Lane End or Postbridge? We took the latter.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Dartmoor: Bagging Arch Tor

Arch Tor

Dubbed 'The Lonely Tor', Arch is one which could easily be missed from the road, despite it being within walking distance of it. This might be due to the more impressive (it has to be said) outcrops in the area dominating the scene; Longaford, Higher White and Littaford Tors to name but a few, forming a dramatic backdrop behind Powdermills.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks in Teign Gorge (Part 2)

Hunter's Tor view of Kes Tor

Continuing our walk from my LAST post, we took the track heading west from Wooston Hillfort, which began descending at a slow rate. This worked in our advantage as we got a glimpse of the Broadmoor and Prestonbury hillsides, which we previously viewed from below. Still, from here, they are intimidating.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks in Teign Gorge (Part 1)

Sharp Tor inversion

Paul Buck, Tim Jenkinson and I were all set for a decent length walk to Broad Falls last Saturday (when I write this), but as usual, it was all down to the weather, as I regularly start these posts off with. Not to be defeated we set off from Castle Drogo, a massive mansion style castle currently going under conservation work, in search of many tors, rocks and crags.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dartmoor: Mardon Down from Moretonhampstead

Doccombe Rock

Yes, I'm back in Moretonhampstead; it's either here or Chagford. This walk would still be different, and take in several rockpiles on the western side of Mardon Down, which, until now, were unbagged.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Dartmoor: Easton Cross to Moretonhampstead

Great Parford Tor (lower)

This walk was a last-minute decision really. It is, at the time of writing, half-term and I really wanted to get out immediately. Add on the fact that just the day before I had completed two practical Drama exams for my GCSEs, I wanted to reward myself.