Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Dartmoor: Erme Pits from Lud Gate (12.1 miles)

Erme Head

This walk was perhaps a bad idea given that the Met Office had forecasted rain and wind, but it had been in the planning for a couple of weeks and neither of us wanted to cancel - that is, me and Paul Rendell.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Dartmoor: Great Stennent Tor

Great Stennent Tor

This short walk really was a last-minute decision made by my dad and I to meet up before Christmas Day. I was initially unsure about where to go but having seen two tors in close proximity to each other, Stennent Rocks and Great Stennent Tor thought it would be the perfect stroll, but boy was I wrong!

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Dartmoor: North of Widecombe (12.4 miles)

Southcombe Rocks

Having spent the last few months doing short walks (for me ones that aren't double digits), I felt demotivated to continue doing them and the only way to content myself would be to do a longer walk. I needed that sense of achievement and anything else I could pick up along the way, so when I came up with a circular from Widecombe I knew I had to do it, and I'm glad I did as it was a cracking walk with plenty to see, not least sun and mist and the goose that chased me at West Coombe!

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Dartmoor: Lynch Tor and Standon Hill

Lynch Tor

This has got to be the most unvisited part of the moor for me, and for a justifiable reason: it's miles from me and takes about an hour to get there when traffic is flowing smoothly. The actual plan had been to do Great Links Tor but I changed my mind.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Dartmoor: The Tors on Bridestowe and Sourton Common (north)

Stenga Tor

Before heading off to Wales, we thought we'd get a last (or rather 'first'!) training walk in, but this walk wasn't quite as successful as I was hoping, although we still got all of the new tors done that I had planned.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks in West Cleave

Halstock Wood Tor

This walk was planned so Paul Buck could show Tim Jenkinson and I the tors and rocks in West Cleave, and so it only made sense for us to go on a really windy and wet day! But first off, before getting the bus to the Star Inn to meet Tim, I noticed some pebble art in Newton Abbot opposite the town library.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Bodmin Moor: The Tors and Rocks on East Moor (10.63 miles)

Tolcarne Tor

Our plan to clear up some of the stragglers on Bodmin Moor's periphery turned into a different kind of walk. Sheron Vowden had suggested we instead do the tors and rocks on East Moor, and I wasn't going to say no, but the weather forecasting heavy rain all day did worry me a bit, and too right it should've!

Friday, 25 October 2019

Dartmoor: Solving the Hare Tor and Clay Tor Conundrums

Clay Tor (Hemery)

I've been holding off writing this blog post for a while now because it involves two Dartmoor conundrums, both involving author William Crossing, which need to be explained fully for the reader to grasp what we're discussing here, so I'll try my best but at times if you fall asleep or get a headache, don't feel bad as I'm still trying to unpick quotes from the literature too!

Please note: I will be picking out the most important bits of information from the Tors of Dartmoor website, which goes into more detail if you're interested.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Dartmoor: Chalk Ford Rocks, Pupers Hill, Snowdon and Gibby Combe Tor

Descending Snowdon

This is going to be a very difficult blog post for me to write, predominantly because there's so much to see in this part of Dartmoor! In total, we visited like 50 Dartefacts or something in this 8-mile walk, and logging all of the GR's for these wasted a lot of time! But never fear, I will attempt to 'go brief' with this one! That means no GR's will feature in this post - I hate numbers but if you wish to visit anything I describe, simply put the name in the Dartefacts search.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Dartmoor: Callisham Tor, Claig Tor and Burra Tor

Burra Tor

This short walk to Callisham Tor had been planned for quite a while now... at least a month prior to when Dad and I actually did it, and I thought it would be a perfect way for me to get back into blogging as I enjoyed the tors so much, the area in fact. Now some of you may know that I'm a student, still, and I'm starting my A-levels, and this does eat up a fair chunk of my free time and motivation to blog. But here I am, back at it again, trying my hardest not to neglect this blog again!

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Dartmoor: Some Tors in Hound Tor Combe

Tim Jenkinson at Holwell Bridge Boulders

This walk was decided the night before I met up with Tim. He had recently walked the final part of Ilsington Beating the Bounds (IBB), a group walk which follows the parish boundary led by head ranger Rob Steemson. Completed in three stages, the final stage across the open moors invited Paul Rendell to show Tim two of his finds, both previously undocumented.

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.