Walk • Trek • Travel
A photographic record and journal of our walking, trekking and travelling adventures.
Summer Solstice Wild Camp
Summer Solstice Wild Camp

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The plan was straight forward enough. We would drive to Dartmoor. Walk out onto the moors. Set up camp and watch the sunset. In the morning we would wake up early and watch the sunrise on Summer Solstice. Even if either the sunset or sunrise didn’t happen we would at least see one or the other right? Well, that was the plan. This was Susan’s first wild camp and she was a little worried about being murdered by one of the many murderers that apparently roam Dartmoor. Susan suggested that we should camp on a Tor because then we could hide away from the murderers behind the rocks. I pointed…

Beardown Circular
Beardown Circular

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Ileft the car and walked along the road for twenty or thirty meters until reaching a wide green lane with a style. I had often driven past this lane but I have never walked up to it or along the path to the bridge that it leads to. The bridge, which crosses the Cowsic River, carries the track that leads to Beardown Farm then into Beardown Hill plantation which I had also never visited before. I followed the Devonport leat through the plantation and out of the other side at which point I made my way up to the Beardown Tors. The Beardown Tors are on the…

Petertavy Great Common
Petertavy Great Common

Friday, 23 March 2012

Having parked at the car park above Whitchurch Common I walked up to Cox Tor to admire the views before crossing the saddle to Great Staple Tor. The weather was perfect for a walk on Dartmoor. The sun was shining but it was not too hot, and there was no wind or rain forecast for the day. From Great Staple Tor there was a glorious view over to Great Mis Tor, a favourite of mine, but today I was sticking to the Petertavy Common area. A short walk from Great Staple Tor to Roos Tor and I thought I would spend a little time trying to find the…

Dartmoor Clapper Bridges
Dartmoor Clapper Bridges

Thursday, 15 December 2011

AClapper Bridge is a simple stone bridge made by setting stone blocks at intervals across a river to act as supports for a series of stone slabs laid end to end across the top. The clapper bridge is one of Dartmoor’s best-known features. Large granite slabs (or ‘clappers’) were laid across streams or rivers; either from bank to bank or resting upon piers (or ‘posts’) in midstream. The word clapper is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘cleaca’ meaning ‘bridging the stepping stones’

Dartmoor Beehive Huts
Dartmoor Beehive Huts

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Beehive Huts of Dartmoor were igloo-shaped buildings of corbelled drystone walling that resembled the old-fashioned styled beehives and were used as a store or shelter. Lade Hill Beehive (SX 639 814) One of the best-preserved examples of a Beehive Hut can be found beside Lade Hill Brook just before it meets the East Dart River. Holwell Tor Beehive (SX 751 777) The Beehive at Holwell Tor quarry does not appear on the OS Map and is virtually a complete building. I suspect that is was built around the same time that Holwell Tor was quarried – circa 1820.

Whiteworks to Leathertor Farm
Whiteworks to Leathertor Farm

Saturday, 11 June 2005

Another sunny day as I drove across the moor so I decided to stop for a little adventure. I parked at the small car park before Whiteworks and made my way across to the track that leads down to Norsworthy Bridge. My plan was to take a look at the ruins of Leathertor Farm which was abandoned in 1924 when the then tenant, John Lillicrap, was given notice to leave by the Plymouth Corporation, owners of Burrator Reservoir, because they believed the farm, and several others, were polluting the water supply. The first record of there being a settlement on the site of the farm dates to 1317 when it was…

Devonport Leat from Leather Tor
Devonport Leat from Leather Tor

Saturday, 24 April 2004

Having a few hours to spare I decided to explore Sharpitor and Leather Tor. I parked in the car park on the B3212 right next to Goadstone Pool which is just north of Sharpitor and headed off with no particular plan. Sharpitor (410m) is easy to reach from the car park and is just as easy to climb which makes it a popular spot. On the northern slopes of Sharpitor, there is evidence of settlements, cairns, cists and a stone row and to the south-west of the tor is Peek Hill which was the site of the RAF Sharpitor radio post and the location of a Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring bunker…

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