Moorland Guides – Haytor Quarry

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Last night I joined Mike from the Moorland Guides of Dartmoor and Beyond for a walk with the Widecombe History Group, with the topic being quarrying and the general history of Haytor, which was being lead by a Dartmoor National Park Authority archaeologist. The weather when we all gathered at the car park above the visitor centre away from the main road, was pretty bad in all fairness with thick fog, wind and rain. Most of the members of History group were not that keen on walking in these conditions and with not being able to see that far there […]

Getting back in to climbing

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Right has started raining again that is it summer is over, I say that I certainly hope that is it not over, but then this is Britain so anything could happen. As the weather was pretty bad climbing and bouldering on Dartmoor was not a good idea, seeming the fog had come in and it had been raining all day. This left me and the rest of tribe with heading on down to Dartrock Climbing Centre in Buckfastleigh. We were kind of guessing that it would be a little bit busy, but, it was completely packed there was a queue […]

Sunbathing and a walk

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Saturday another yet another glorious day (this sunshine has to end soon though). A good day for going for a gentle stroll and sunbathing. I picked up Phil and we headed up to Princetown and the home of the Fox Tor cafe. Before venturing in to the Fox Tor we needed to work up an appetite, from Princetown we headed towards Nun’s Cross Farm a pleasant walk in it’s self, we saw a fair few people out on the path, as well as, several planes flying around including a bi-plane not a common site these days. Before getting down to […]

Sunset over Dartmoor

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Yet another glorious evening down here in sunny Devon, another bouldering session was on the cards with difference this time though. As I am still injured with my knees being messed up and being able to bend my left leg past about 30 degrees. Any how enough of me trying to get sympathy, as we were having a BBQ as well it took us a while to get up on to the moor via a trip to Sainsbury’s for some food. Once on Hound Tor we had a roam around trying to find some routes, Cam decided to solo a […]

Animals out in the sun…

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On waking up after a relatively good nights sleep – the post below has day 1 of the adventure – it was time to get home and get off to a meal for midday. Leaving Chalk Ford we headed towards Scorriton on the Two Moors Way, before heading back on ourselves to the open moor. This track took us through some meadows, we noticed on the way several bird watching towers in the valley below. Another 500 metres down the track we came across a large herd of deer, there must have been at least 30 maybe more, being very […]

Bluebell hunt

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Last week I had a conversation with Two Blondes Walking on twitter. After seeing the pictures that they had taken of the bluebells around Hound Tor and Holwell Lawn. Some of the pictures that they posted were very good indeed, if you want to have a look check them out on there blog. Yesterday I dragged my brother out to go and find some bluebells or ‘blueberrys’ as my brouther called them. After parking up on the south west side of Saddle Tor it was only a short trip down to Emsworthy. I had seen some good pictures of Emsworthy […]

Haldon Aerodrome Search

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After going through many links on the Internet during the week I stumbled upon a fact that intrigued me; Teignmouth used to have an Aerodrome and quite a large one at that. Little Haldon Aerodrome approximately 4 km from Teignmouth, was used from 1928 until 1946. Discovering this I wanted to find out more so I went for a ramble around Haldon looking for any signs of the Aerodrome. My search was quite unfruitful apart from some ruins that I had no idea whether they belong to the Aerodrome or not. It is a real shame as “Teignmouth Airport” as […]

Dartmoor Sun and Fire

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Saturday 13th April, having a late night before and then having to wake up at 05:00 was not a fun start to the day, but, having to drive for an hour to Prewley Farm (SX 547 910)  to meet a Scout Group who I would be walking with this weekend. The weather was an odd one, I could not decide whether to wear shorts or not as it was very sunny so I would get warm while walking, however the group I was walking with would be going slow. The group that I was walking with had never been out […]

River Dart Country Park

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Spent today working down at the River Dart Country Park in Ashburton. It was a insanely cold probably in the region of -2. To be standing around working with metal clips on the high ropes course does really give you cold hands. On the plus side this was trail day for working down at the Park as well as the grand opening of there new high ropes course which I have to say is very impressive indeed. For any willing to give it a go it very fun indeed, enduring and tricky in some places on the likes of the […]