Welcome to Tor Bagger and a bit about myself
My name is Max Piper and I am a dedicated Tor Bagger located just off the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park. But how come I love hiking and how did I get into this rewarding hobby, and a bit about my personal life? Let me tell you...
|The Thirlstone at Watern Tor, Dartmoor|
It all started back in August 2017, when I came across a website about tor bagging. Now, I have always loved walking on Dartmoor since a very young age and have seen many other websites on the subject. However, this one hooked me.
|Me descending Saddle Tor southern outcrop, Dartmoor - pic by Paul Buck|
I have never before considered bagging tors as a pursuit but reading this blog, by Paul Buck, it sounded like a fun idea. And I usually visit some of the tors on my walks anyway because they are hard to avoid! So I decided to take up this hobby to get closer to nature, lose some weight, and love where I live. This was the new me.
|Atop Heng Lake Broadafalls, Dartmoor|
I took into consideration whether or not I would stick to the plan as I am often known for breaking these things, but I was adamant that this would be my new hobby and it would always stay that way. Since August, after bagging a few tors before, I have visited about 300 out of 700+ - which doesn't sound like much, but given that I have other life issues to deal with, e.g school and relying on both buses, family and friends to bag new ones this was just the beginning.
|Mardon Down Rocks (south) moss, Dartmoor|
Now you may or may not know but on Dartmoor some tors are private, and I will not delve too deep into this topic since it can get quite controversial. For the most part, I am leaving the private tors til last when I have more time to focus on negotiating around landowners for permission.
|Pony on Barn Hill, Dartmoor|
In the autumn of 2017, I had been alerted to a Dartmoor enthusiast, Tim Jenkinson, who had discovered lots of new tors mostly for East Dartmoor. It shocked me that so many tors were hidden in woodlands and so unknown. Thus I took the opportunity to investigate further into some amazing tors, and even discover some of my very own!
|Drewston Wood inversion, Dartmoor|
Using the invaluable resources of several Dartmoor books, most notably Guide to Dartmoor and High Dartmoor, written by Crossing and Hemery respectively, I have been able to gather even more information and discover new places.
|Blackator Rocks (right) and the East Dart River, Dartmoor|
December 2017 was a good month; I had found three new outcrops around the Hennock Reservoirs area and alerted Tim Jenkinson. I was buoyed to find out that they have had no reference in literature before, so I named them and shared the photographs of what I have dubbed Trenchford Tor, Little Trenchford Tor, and Kennick Rocks. Some people ask me how and where I source new names from, and the answer is quite simply from old or modern maps for their appropriate location.
|Me on Fox Tor, Dartmoor - pic by Rich Piper|
With the help of Tim and Paul I have been able to enjoy tor bagging to the fullest from summiting the highest peak, High Willhays, or going in search of a lesser known outcrop, such as Hollowpark Rock. It has enabled me to combine friendship and exercise, and now blogging, to a point where I can say I am satisfied with where my life is right now.
|The Avon at Shipley Gorge, Dartmoor|
Since the beginning of July 2019, I have started my quest on bagging all the tors and rocks of Bodmin Moor with Sheron Vowden, fellow Dartmoor 365er. I will also post those walks on this blog and fortunately, there aren't even 100 tors there to bag, so I may even finish them before completing all of Dartmoor's!
|Hill Tor, Bodmin Moor|
I will hopefully continue this challenge and gain even more respect for this treasured landscape which is one of my aims to spread to other people.
|Area of Moorland||Date of first tor bagged and the name of that tor||Number of tors bagged|
|Dartmoor||Too long ago!||6th August - 639 tors|
|Bodmin Moor||6th July - Little Kilmar Tor||6th July - 9 tors|