A Dartmoor Stroll   10 comments


The Jones family mantra is do nice stuff rather than have nice stuff when it comes to Birthday’s etc. Past couple of years we’ve gone for holidays and trips away in lieu of pressies and much the better for it. As a birthday treat me and TBF leave the kids behind and take a trip to Cornwall. It’s the perfect combination of hill and coastal walking together with a chance to get dressed up (barely in my case) and have a nice meal. We pick November for TBF as it’s always a low time of year between holidays and cheers us up.

We took in what seems to have become a routine now, lunch in the excellent Cafe on the Green in Widecombe on Dartmoor followed by an afternoon walk. We’ve been lucky so far and had a couple of fabulous walks and this time was even better, a clear still sunny day in November, a real slice of luck. As always I took inspiration from Steve over at Treks and Tors and a recent walk he did near Burrator Reservoir. We didn’t have time for the full walk as November days are short but it is another superb area and we had a cracking walk


It took a bit of aimless wandering in the forest before we found the access onto open ground. The autumn light on the bare trees was stunning


It’s a pretty steep climb up on to Sheeps Tor but the views back across the reservoir to Leather Tor and Sharpitor made things a little easier to cope with



The Dartmoor ponies welcomed us up on to the top


TBF was enjoying seeing the views through new glasses, she’s gone all varifocal




The panorama from the top is stunning. As its near the outer edge you can see down to the coast at Plymouth and across to Bodmin Moor and Cornwall as well as back towards the expanse and tors of Dartmoor itself



We pressed on as we reckoned we could take in a route back along the other side of the valley over Combshead Tor and Down Tor



There were some very soggy patches and a good deal of bashing through the dwindling bracken.




The brown autumn colours in the low sun were sublime




We stopped for a brew on Combshead Tor while we still had sunlight to keep us warm



I love the way the sun picks out the features in the rocks and the contrast in views looking straight into the sun




The sun dipped behind the clouds and there was an instant drop in temperature so we packed up quickly and pressed on


There is an impressive stone circle and stone row but it was half in shadow and sun and almost impossible to take a decent photo



Down Tor was a fine summit and we’d have lingered had darkness not been creeping, or indeed racing in



The setting sun was playing nicely with the clouds as we walked quickly back to the car


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Thanks to Steve, a great idea for a walk and a fine start to our weekend away


Off to Padstow, checked into our B&B and out for a fine meal, slightly sullied by the fact it was still and cloudless on the walk down and blowing a gale and hammering it down when we walked back. Fickle British weather!


10 responses to “A Dartmoor Stroll

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  1. Glad you enjoyed my walk. I like your version which would be great on a summers evening. I love the shots from Down Tor, probably my favourite tor on the moor. One of my most visited as well.


    • It was a cracker. A bit disappointed we didn’t have time to do the whole walk, especially a walk along the leat, I like those. I loved the view from Down Tor with coast and moor in view. I can see why you love your locale so much. Loads of interesting stuff to see even on the shorter walks. I should get down there more than a couple of times a year. Keep the ideas coming on your blog 🙂

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  2. New area for me that but I like the look of it. Never had time to do Dartmoor justice I can see now. Just a one day jaunt then off again.


    Blue Sky Scotland
    • It’ a superb area for walking. I love scrambling about on the tors and there is loads of ruined buildings, stone circles, industrial waterways and wonderful valleys to explore, real variety. I’ve walked while passing through so I need to stay longer and do some better justice to its charms


  3. A lovely area for walking. Dartmoor is one of the few areas in England where wild camping is permitted. So much history too.


    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  4. Must get down to Dartmoor again for some wild camping…


    • It deserves a lot more attention, especially some longer walks and overnights. So much interesting stuff and a real wild feel to the moors despite being close to many towns and cities


  5. I see you took the blue sky with you! Looks superb. Disturbing to hear that you went to the restaurant barely dressed. Standards are slipping.


    • We got lucky that day with the sunshine, it was dank and cloudy over the rest of the south. Still not quite sure where you got the “barely dressed” image from my last paragraph. Weirdo! 🙂


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