An edited version of this article appeared in Dartmoor Magazine – Autumn 2019, Issue 136, p48-49 The literature of Dartmoor occasionally reveals some curious and rather fanciful place names for its rocks and tors that have usually been assigned by local people on account of their appearance or their proximity to nearby landscape features. However, over […]
A short evening stroll with Tim Jenkinson, from Merrivale to this wonderful woodland tor that is hidden in the Walkham Valley.
The law condemns the man or woman Who steals a goose from off a common;But lets the greater villain loose Who steals the common from the goose. The Devon Evening Express, 27th December 1883 Since 2019 I had been trying to raise awareness of a historical boundary stone that once stood on the east slope […]
An evening walk from Belstone, along the high path of the Cleave, visiting The Cliff, Ska Rocks and White Rock before visiting Sticklepath Moor to the north of the village and returning along the Cleave footpath below Ivy 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.
Up late, time to clear the head and wander up to East Hill from home, adhering to COVID Tier 3 guidelines to stay local. This is always a fine walk with views south to the high moor and north over Okehampton and further to Exmoor, but made particularly special after a dusting of snow.
Met up with Tim on Christmas Eve for a walk from Shapley Common to Meldon Hill. Tim wanted to take photos of the rock basins on the many outcrops on the hill and I just fancied the ramble. We’d also visit Grubby Close Tor and Jurston Rocks.
Back in October 2020, I met up with two friends, Jason and Jon for a Friday night out on Corn Ridge, I arrived about an hour earlier and set up then enjoyed the views and shifting light across the high moor. Branscombe’s Loaf is an ideal setting to do this. Unfortunately, my tent, the Big […]
A walk out to Wild Tor with my friend Suzanne via Taw Common, Flock o’ Sheep Rocks and the cross on Big Whit Hill, returning via Steeperton Tor and the magnificent Belstone Ridge.
After being sorely disappointed with the fragility of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, I went in search of something sturdier and spacious, and the Hilleberg Nallo 2 fitted the bill. I met up with Jon Britton, who I hadn’t seen for a few years, and we went for a short wander from Belstone to […]