Tuesday 20th June 2017 Hapstead Ford and Ryder's Hill

On one of the hottest days for walking on Dartmoor but there was some relief with a cooling breeze.  From Combestone Tor and gently up to Horn's Cross.

Past the boundary stone and through the girts.

The sheep were all sheltering from the sun under the only tree  - very clever and not nearly as stupid as they sometimes appear.

Through the bog cotton....

To Hapstead Ford for a coffee.


Up the valley stopping to look at the orchids....

...and bog cotton.

Past Mardle Head....

...to Petre's Boundary Stone on Ryders Hill. At least we beat the other rambling group from Newton Abbott to the top. Another view of Red Lake in the distance.

Then very gently down to Hooton Wheals.

An old wheel pit and the ponies.



We avoided the tussocky stuff by contouring round and following an old leat and then gently back down to Combestone Tor.

An excellent lunch at the re-furbished Forest Inn, at least it is open on a Tuesday during the summer. Afterwards some went for a paddle and a swim. With Jon, Mike, Charlie, Anne and Jane.

Tuesday 13th 2017 June Shipley Bridge

Five years since I did a walk from Shipley Bridge and I had forgotten what a horrible route in it is from South Brent. A beautiful warm sunny morning with little breeze and the ground was surprisingly dry after the heavy rain at the weekend. We took the road up past the Filtration Station before joining the Zeal tramway. A brief coffee stop just below Petre's Pit and then on to Petre's Cross on Western White Barrow. Down the hill and briefly on the Two Moors Way before crossing over the Clapper Bridge. Downstream to Huntingdon Cross and then across the ford to find the old remains of the Keble Martins Chapel where we had our picnic. Back around the Avon reservoir.

On the Zeal tramway-  the cattle line up to watch us go past

Petre's Cross on Western White Barrow

Redlake came into view but we were not going there today.

Down the hill to cross over the Clapper Bridge

Huntingdon Cross

Through the ford

Past the remains of the Huntingdon Mine wheelpit.

Kebel Martin's Chapel 

The inscription reads 'Keble Martin open an Chapel 1903 divine worship last held here 11 July 1982 text thou God seest me Gen 16 v13'. Worth noting that the grid reference for the chapel is SX 666 666.

Huntingdon Warren farm above.

Over the tussocky stuff to re-join the Two Moors Way for a short distance.

Avon reservoir comes into view.





Then the long walk down the tarmac track and back to Shipley Bridge. I took the alternative route out which was much better.  With Brenda, Stella, Mike, Charlie, Terry, Amber and Colin.

Tuesday 6th June 2017 Manaton

A morning of sunshine and showers. Out from the cricket ground and church, but a new route through the wall to get on to the track.

Up to Manaton Rock with this fine view across to Hay Tor on the left and Bowerman's Nose on the right. 

For the most part our route was the same as on previous walks except for the walk down to Foxworthy and of course it's always good to find a new path.

Up past Peck Farm with the award winning longhorn cattle.

To Hunters Tor to get down behind the wall and out of the wind for a coffee break.


Then along the ridge and steeply down to the Old Clam bridge. For years the old bridge has been barricaded off to try and prevent people from crossing. Recently the rails have been re-furbished and the bridge has re-opened.


Finally the steeper bit back up to Water and to the Kestor Inn for lunch. With Mike, Stella, Amber and Brenda


Tuesday 30th May 2017 - White Horse Hill

A dull morning and a much longer picnic walk from Stats bridge.


Up to the edge of Fernworthy and the up and down route around the edge of the forest past the Cube Stone.

Over the clapper bridge and....

....on to Teignhead Farm for a coffee break.

Up again over the steeper bit and more difficult ground...


To the ridge and the Memorial stone to Frank Philpotts which marks a path through the peat.

Nearby is the reconstructed cairn. This was opened up in 2011 to reveal the first organic remains found on Dartmoor which were approximately 4000 years old. More here



We headed off towards Quintin's Man but...

...stopped first at a suitable spot for our picnic lunch. Spits and spots of rain and everyone was feeling cold and keen to get going again.

The flag pole at Quintin's Man
 
Down to the ford at Little Varracombe and up towards Sittaford Tor....

...where we diverted across to the very recently discovered stone circle. All the stones are lying down and were covered by vegetation. It is the first to have been discovered on the High Moor for over 100 years and is believed to have been built during the late Bronze Age approximately 4000-5000 years ago. The stone circle is approx. 250 south west of Sittaford Tor at grid reference  SX 63055 82801. From Sittaford Tor follow the old stone wall until you come to an upright stone.


Over the stile at Sittaford

Down the other side to Grey Wethers stone circles


Back up White Ridge and over the corn ditch.
 
With Terry, Mike, Stella, Jon, Tyler, Brenda, Jane, Colin, Dianne and Amber