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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

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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

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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

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The Dartmoor ponies welcomed us up on to the top

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

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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

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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

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

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The brown autumn colours in the low sun were sublime

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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!

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