A Bit About Myself

Welcome to Tor Bagger and a bit about myself

Haytor Rocks

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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

December 2017 was a good month; I had found three new outcrops around the Hennock Reservoirs area, and alterted 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 - 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

I will hopefully continue this challenge and gain even more respect for this treasured landscape. Thank you for reading and I hope you can enjoy more photos and get out to Dartmoor sometime for some tor bagging, a gentle stroll, or north to south hike! So for the meantime,

Keep bagging