A wander out to Valley of Rocks and Shelstone Tor

Lockdown eased, I drove to Prewley Moor and wandered up the West Okement in the sunshine. I clambered down into Valley of Rocks, had a good look at the landslide near Slipper Stones and then dragged myself back up the hill to Shelstone Tor. Here are the photos of the day.

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks of Blackadon Down

The following blog post is the culmination of two consecutive weekends on Blackadon Down. I felt the wealth of granite found on my solo visit merited a return with Tim Jenkinson, to verify the outcrops I had found. Also present, my friend Matthew King had the chance to experience these previously undocumented tors. Parked upContinue reading “Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks of Blackadon Down”

Dartmoor: Holne Chase (with kind permission)

Having had a friendly encounter with the owner of Was Tor a few weeks back I was in a positive mind that approaching landowners to ask for access permission might not result in a flat “No!” every time. When the majority of tors and rocks that remain on my list are buried deep within privateContinue reading “Dartmoor: Holne Chase (with kind permission)”

The Burrator Perambulation PT.2

This was proving to be a cracking day for a walk. Continuing on from part one, we were making good time on the Burrator Perambulation in aid of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Plymouth). Having passed the cut off point of Cramber Tor an hour and ten minutes before the deadline, the pressure to catchContinue reading “The Burrator Perambulation PT.2”

The Burrator Perambulation PT.1

The morning promised a great deal. The fog that had shrouded Princetown overnight had retreated above North Hessary Tor, and only the television mast was obscured from view. All signs were for a good day. We rose early, and had plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast in the Fox Tor Cafe. It was prettyContinue reading “The Burrator Perambulation PT.1”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Three: Runnage to Princetown

Foiled by the weather, a month ago, in our attempt to walk the Dartmoor Perambulation in three straight days, we returned, minus Simon and Cat, who had to work. We left Halwill Junction Base Camp early, making the hour journey to Runnage, driving into Dartmoor on a magical morning. With sunshine and mist, the coloursContinue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Three: Runnage to Princetown”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Two: Belstone to Runnage

The last thing you want to do after a full breakfast in the Tors Pub is tackle a climb, but it had to be done if we were going to be successful in completing the Dartmoor Perambulation. Leaving Belstone, we dropped down into the cleave, crossed the Taw, then began the ascent to Boundary MarkContinue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Two: Belstone to Runnage”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part One: Princetown to Belstone

We left the comfort of the Fox Tor Bunkhouse in Princetown at 8:30 am and headed off in the mist to North Hessary Tor. Six of us, with only myself with any comprehension of what was to come, having walked most of it before. For those not in the know about the Perambulation of Dartmoor,Continue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part One: Princetown to Belstone”