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…

Hartland to Bude
Hartland to Bude

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Everything that I had read told me that this was going to be a difficult day so I knew that this walk was going to be tough. It is rated ‘severe’ and I was adding an extra three miles to it. I had thought about splitting the walk into two days but trying to do this anywhere near accommodation or campsites and use public transport just made it too difficult so in the end, I decided to just ‘go for it’. On the day the temperature was expected to reach 28 degrees and there was a strong southerly wind blowing at around 35 kmph which would mean that it would…

Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Clovelly to Hartland Quay

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Setting off early I managed to reach Hartland Quay just before 09:00 where I was able to park my car and then had to walk the three miles back to Hartland in order to catch the bus to the Clovelly Visitor Centre. This walk is graded as ‘moderate to strenuous’ which seems fair. The path to Mouth Mill was easy enough and the climb up from the mill to Brownsham Cliff was the first steep climb of the day and was quickly followed by another at Windbury but from then on it is straightforward enough all the way to the Radar Station at West Titchberry Cliff. Just below the Radar…

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…

Clovelly to Westward Ho!
Clovelly to Westward Ho!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

It had been a while since I had stopped at Westward Ho! and I was keen to tackle the next sections of the coast path as far as Bude but the remoteness of these sections and the lack of accommodation meant that I had to wait until the weather and public transport were both right. Clovelly to Westward Ho! is 11.2 miles with 789 meters of ascent as is graded as strenuous. I parked my car in the car park at Westward Ho! and then caught the bus to Bideford where I had to wait quite a while for the bus to the Clovelly Visitor Center. Although Clovelly is a…

Dart Valley Trail – Totnes to Dartmouth
Dart Valley Trail – Totnes to Dartmouth

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Iam still trying to use up the last of my holiday entitlement so I thought I would walk somewhere different and a bit more local so after a quick search on the internet, I decided upon a 12-mile section of the Dart Valley Trail. The full length of the trail is 17 miles long and runs from Totnes to Dartmouth and then over to Greenaway on the Kingswear side of the estuary but today I would be stopping at Dartmouth and then catching the bus back to Totnes. I parked my Car in the Steamer Quay car park at around 0800 and then walked along the river towards 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.

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth
Porlock Weir to Lynmouth

Sunday, 06 March 2011

Iwalked this section with two friends and this meant that we had the luxury of having two cars. So meeting at Lynmouth we left a car there and drove to Porlock Weir in the other. At Porlock Weir, there is a large car park opposite the Ship Inn which is also where the bus service runs from should you choose to take the bus as I had done previously. The South West Coast Path is hidden between the Ship Inn and the Anchor Inn, which are right next to each other and opposite the car park. The path takes you up quickly above the small harbour and into fields…

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