An unusual start from Oakley Cottage as we followed the lanes for a while through Sampford Spiney before picking up the footpath that brought us back to the moor below Pew Tor. On to the track by Heckword Tor where we had a coffee stop by the large crafted rock.
Through the wet bit by the stream alongside the wall guarding the forbidden area and then across to the leat and the wheelwright's stone.
Along the leat to the bullseye stone where Raz spent some time speeding up the flow.
Nearby Windy Post looked a little ghostly when lit up by my head torch.
Over Feather Tor and on to Pew Tor where some always have to climb to the top.
The Whitchurch Inn was quiet. With Jon, Mike, Stella, Viv, Ann and Kevin
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Warm and very wet. Out from the car park below Staple Tor and across to the edge of Merivale quarry. Northwards following the wall and then down across the leat to the Blowing House. From here a direct line up to the cairns and over to the wall junction where we took our break. Across to the footpath which goes through Wedlake and then the steep climb up to Roos Tor. Along the ridge line and back to the cars. As we got back to the cars the rain stopped and the sky cleared. A longer walk than usual which meant we didn't arrive at the Dartmoor Inn at Merrivale until 10.25 - fortunately it was still open.
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Another wet and gloomy day. The forecast suggested that it would improve during the course of the morning, in fact it got worse.
We headed up to Gutter Tor and then down the other side. Our leader pointed out this stone which it is thought was going to be made into a stone cross.
We continued on to Ditsworthy Warren House which seemed all the more mysterious in the cloud and rain.
On to the long stone rows in the Giants Basin.
Jon produced some chalk to make the markings clear on this huge standing stone. It is understood that these are Chinese characters and spell the word Ashley. There is a place in Hong Kong called Ashley Road. It is not known who put these here. Information from www.legndary.dartmoor.co.uk
We continued upwards to Higher Hartor Tor and then to the remains of the engine house for the Eylesbarrow Tin Mine where we had our coffee break.
A further short walk up to the top of Eylesbarrow.
We took a direct route back through some clitter, girts and 'hummocky' ground.
Lunch was at the Royal Oak. With Jane, Terry, Charlie, Roger, Jon, Stella and Bill