Dartmoor: Belstone to Hangingstone Hill

A couple of days thawing out at Base Camp (aka “mum’s”), in Halwill Junction, and it was time to venture out onto the moors again. This little route is a particular favourite of mine; a circuit of the ridge above Taw Marsh and the valley. On this occasion I added an extension to Hangingstone HillContinue reading “Dartmoor: Belstone to Hangingstone Hill”

Dartmoor: Wistmans Wood from Princetown

I was feeling very guilty after a large slice of Coffee and Walnut cake, and, with my efforts yesterday being minimal, I skipped both dinner and a pint last night. A bitter night, apparently. My decision to stay in the bunkhouse paid off, and by all accounts from the teacher chatter in the cafe, theContinue reading “Dartmoor: Wistmans Wood from Princetown”

Dartmoor: Bellever Forest and a stepping stone too far.

The drive down the A386  from Okehampton to Tavistock was bathed in sunshine, and had me enthused about the prospects of the walk today. Where was this fog the Met office had predicted? Sure enough, as I turned left and climbed onto the moor, I hit the clouds! I passed numerous coaches and mini busesContinue reading “Dartmoor: Bellever Forest and a stepping stone too far.”

Dartmoor: Crock of Gold, Drizzle Combe Stone Row and Sheep’s Tor

Back down in the West Country for a second weekend running, and this time I managed to coax my friend Diane away from work for her first hike on Dartmoor. I had a few ideas in my head of routes to take, and, as is nearly always the case in such situations, the weather determinedContinue reading “Dartmoor: Crock of Gold, Drizzle Combe Stone Row and Sheep’s Tor”

The Whitehorse Hill Cist and death on the moor!

Now, the other day I came across a highly entertaining blog called “Two Blondes Walking” and one particular post mentioned a book called Dartmoor 365, by John Howard. Remembering I had a copy on my shelf, I took it down and started browsing. The area of Dartmoor is 365 square miles, and the author cleverlyContinue reading “The Whitehorse Hill Cist and death on the moor!”

Dartmoor: High Willhays via Homerton Hill Cist

Back to the north; a quick excursion from Meldon Reservoir to High Willhays, and back, bagging Black Tor, Fordsland Ledge and Yes Tor along the way. I could not believe my luck with the weather. The Reservoir was stunning on a perfect morning with a cloudless sky. A far cry from the downpour overnight. IContinue reading “Dartmoor: High Willhays via Homerton Hill Cist”

Dartmoor: Haytor Rocks Circular

A great circular near Widecombe, that can take in ten tors, although I only managed nine on this occasion. I’ve always thought of the east side of Dartmoor as being a little too popular for my tastes; some of the iconic tors, such as Hay and Hound are well trodden thanks to the car parksContinue reading “Dartmoor: Haytor Rocks Circular”

Dartmoor: Rowtor Wild Camp

I had spent a lazy day waiting for Marcus, Nick and Steve to arrive. As time ticked on, the plans changed from a walk out of Postbridge, to eventually meeting at Belstone. We got going about 3pm, the order of the weekend was to just wander the north moor, wild camping for 2 nights. IContinue reading “Dartmoor: Rowtor Wild Camp”