Saturday 21st August - Lints Tor

With rain forecast I was out early this morning in the hope that I would complete the route before the rain started.

Meldon reservoir - always a feeling of great openness when this comes into view.

Around the eastern edge of the reservoir and with the berries out on the mountain ash tree there was a feeling that autumn was not far away.

More here on the path down to Vellake Corner

Looking back to Vellake Corner

Black Tor and Black-a-Tor Copse come into view.

The West Okement River.

Black Tor and the copse below.

Looking back from Black-a-Tor Copse.

Lints Tor comes into view.


On Lints Tor with Fur Tor in the distance.

Lints Tor

Dinger Tor with High Willhays in the distance and a heavy squally shower.

On High Willhays and the forecast rain came in about two hours earlier than forecast. Difficult going on the way down the heavy rain.

Saturday 20th August - Shell Top (revisited)

We didn't quite follow the right route on Wednesday evening and I was not happy with the route that Kevin and I had followed after we left the others so I wanted to better understand the detail of the area.  I have walked all of this before but it is a while since I did that.

Big Pond

Looking into the quarry

The end of the track beside the 'dyke' Trowlesworthy Tor in the distance.

The other end of the dyke below Penn Beacon. There are only a couple of places where you could easily cross this particularly if there was a lot more water in it.

The cairn on the way up to Penn Beacon.

Penn Beacon, the trig point and Shell Top in the distance.

Penn Beacon

Shell Top

I followed the track down from Shell Top directly to Trowlesworthy Tor. The track takes a direct line between the two and it does take you into this very boggy area. This little pond is marked on the map and the track takes you right next to it. I have been here before and didn't like it then either!

From the same spot looking toward Trowlesworthy Tor

Wednesday Evening 17th August - Shell Top

We met at Blackaton Cross right on the edge of the China Clay workings. A heavy haze everywhere and muggy too.

Around Big Pond.

Views into the 'moonscapes'.



A soft sun reflected on the Big Pond

On to the open moor and up to Great Trowlesworthy Tor

Shell Top in the distance as the mist came in even more.
 
Some difficult going on the way up through the tussocks and eventually we rejoined Kevin and Raz on Shell Top where we had the coffee break.  The plan had been to admire the fireworks from afar on Plymouth Hoe. We could hear the bangs but the mist was too dense to see anything.
 
On the way down I realised that I had left my camera on top. So it was back up again to retrieve it! Kevin kindly came with me.  As we came down a second time the mist started to clear we did catch the odd glimpse of the fireworks. Much too late for the pubs.  With Jon, Raz, Stella, Terry, Kevin, Brenda and Gill.

Wednesday Morning 17th August - Around Dartmeet

I met up again with my blip friend Simon, his wife Mo and Jenny. They have been staying near Dartmeet for over 30 years and know the area really well.

We set off from the Pixie House just up from Dartmeet and took the footpath through Brimpts Farm.

Down to the stepping stones over the East Dart just below Babeney and then across the little clapper bridge before coming out on the road at Babeny.

Through the fields and through the boggy (bit which today was not boggy) and out on to the moor with Yar Tor ahead.

Looking across to Brimpts Farm

Through the gorse and braken to the to the top of Yar Tor where there was a group of ponies.



Mo and Jenny left us here. We went over to Corndon Tor - Sharp Tor can be seen in the distance. A heavy haze everywhere and not such good views today.

Across to Sharp Tor where against all the odds this little tree is hanging on.

Looking back to Corndon Tor.

The plan from Sharp Tor was to contour around Yartor Down before going down to the river. The only problem was the ferns (which are at maximum height) made the going difficult. Down the steep bit where both us slipped at different times and ended up temporarily lying down.

Eventually we got to the River Dart. We stopped for lunch before returning to Dartmeet.



Then we followed this family across the stepping stones on the West Dart River and took the track up to Combestone Tor...
 
....where Simon had been taking sunset pictures the night before. Back down to Week Ford before returning to the start.  A superb walk and good to meet up with Simon again.


Monday 8th August - Postbridge to Horrabridge

A linear walk today and much longer than usual. Perfect weather for walking - a strong cool breeze and some sunshine. I was dropped me off Postbridge with the intention of walking back to my home.

Leaving the car park in Postbridge this is the familiar path leading out to the moor.

The iconic gate that leads out onto the open moor.

My route was to follow the track which leads through Braddon Lake and up to Broad Down. This is looking back across at Hartland Tor.

Once on the Broad Down I followed the wall with the intention of going to Lower White Tor. In the distance you can see Higher White Tor on the left and then just to the right of it Lower White Tor.

Going over Row Tor I got a view of Rough Tor on the skyline. This is a much zoomed in and the tor from a distance always reminds me of a submarine.

First I went around the top of Hollowcombe Bottom and then on to....

... Lower White Tor with Higher White Tor in the distance.

Rough Tor is just visible on the skyline but first down into the valley to cross the West Dart River below the boggy area before going up on the other side.

On the way up....

...and Rough Tor comes into view.

This is looking from Rough Tor towards the three rocky outcrops which make up Beardown Tor. Just left of the range marker posts and a little closer is  Crow Tor.

I stopped here for my first sandwich break.

It's not far from Rough Tor to Devils Tor but the going is difficult with lots and lots of really boggy areas which you just have to avoid. Always much worse in winter when there is much more water.

This is looking south towards Wistman's Wood with Longaford Tor dominant on the left.

Soon I was at Devils Tor and near to this is the standing stone known as Beardown Man.

This is looking down the valley from the same position with the woods at Holming Beam in the distance.

My original plan had been to follow the track south to Connies Down Tor and then follow the Lych Way to the ford on the River Walkham. Instead I decided to take a direct route over Connies Down to the ford. This was a big mistake. The going was some of the worst I have encountered on Dartmoor. Long grass and with large 'hummocky' areas. Going was slow and difficult.


Eventually I came down to the disused Prison leat and not far from this was the....

...ford across the River Walkham.

From here I went over Cocks Hill and Great Mis Tor came into view on the left with Staple Tor, Roos Tor and Cox Tor in the distance.

On to the Stone circle.

Roos Tor on the right and Staple Tor on the left.

I stopped on Roos Tor out of the wind for my second sandwich break.

Down to the dewpond with the ponies.

The 'honeypot' of Pork Hill car park came into view - always busy at this time of year. I stopped for an ice cream and then on towards...

...Pew Tor, one of my favourite tors but I wasn't going there today.

Around Prowtytown Rocks...

...and over Plaster Down.

Soon Horrabridge came into view.

The total distance was15 miles and I completed this in 6.5 hours.