Introducing Tors of Dartmoor

Anyone who happens to read my ramblings will notice that the posts had dried up over the past four months. Fear not, I am still alive and very well! My attention to the blog has been remiss as I have been embroiled and a little overwhelmed by a special project that has now reached itsContinue reading “Introducing Tors of Dartmoor”

Dartmoor: Rediscovering Strane Tor

Let me say straight away, Strane Tor is not a classic! It’s undoubtedly going to disappoint you if you visit and you’ll likely curse Crossing for mentioning it in the first place. Such is its stature, there has been doubt on its actual location, with some of the most eminent Dartmoor experts failing to pinpointContinue reading “Dartmoor: Rediscovering Strane Tor”

Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) – part 2: East Webburn from Lizwell Meet

Continuing our exploration of Buckland Woods; a collection of numerous private woodlands, all managed by Fountain Forestry, and to enter them a permit can be obtained. The sections within part two are Pudsham Wood, Lizwell Wood and Town Wood. PUDSHAM WOOD Approaching from the south at Lizwell Meet, you enter Pudsham Wood, where, to theContinue reading “Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) – part 2: East Webburn from Lizwell Meet”

Dartmoor: Shillyrock or William Crossings’ “Druid’s Altar”

On my previous walk, with Max Piper, I spotted, from the road between Kennick Reservoir and Laployd, a possible undocumented outcrop in the plantation above the hamlet of Smithacott. It looked like recent tree felling had brought this one back from obscurity and I was eager to visit at the first opportunity. Back home, IContinue reading “Dartmoor: Shillyrock or William Crossings’ “Druid’s Altar””

Dartmoor: In Search of Hollowpark Rock

In an online conversation with Max he happened to notice, on a 1949 version of an OS map, the name “Hollowpark Rock”. Cross referencing with a modern version (not OL28 because, it seems Ordnance Survey think that area of the National Park is not important enough to be included), the rock had disappeared! Only oneContinue reading “Dartmoor: In Search of Hollowpark Rock”

Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) – part 1: Buckland Bridge to Lizwell Meet

Buckland Woods sit to the west, below Buckland in the Moor, its boundary running from the eastern bank of the Double Dart, near Lover’s Leap, curving to Buckland Bridge, before running up the Webburn north to Lizwell Meet. There is then a spur along the northern bank of the West Webburn to the edge ofContinue reading “Dartmoor: Buckland Woods (with kind permission) – part 1: Buckland Bridge to Lizwell Meet”

Dartmoor: Badger’s Holt

With a second exploration of Buckland Woods complete and wary of the difficulty we had finding somewhere to get a bite and a pint last time, Tim Jenkinson and I headed to Dartmeet and Badger’s Holt. It gave me a chance to view some outcrops Tim had mentioned, close to the cafe, that, inexplicably, (andContinue reading “Dartmoor: Badger’s Holt”

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”