Yep that’s right there’s a Snowden on Dartmoor!! Unfortunately it’s not as exciting as its Welsh namesake but you can’t have everything. I set out from the very pretty Venford Reservoir and headed up to Horn Cross before setting off for Ryder’s Hill. The walk was going well until I started out for Snowden where one of Dartmoor’s boggy areas had taken hold! Still at least I know my boots are waterproof for the winter!! Snowden hadn’t finished with me yet as I met Dartmoor entire fly population on its summit, which had clearly taken nest in the cairn!! A rapid decent to the River Mardle brought an air of peace and calm back to the walk! All that was left was a fine traipse back to Venford.
|Start – Venford Reservoir|
|Route – Horn’s Cross – Holne Ridge – Ryder’s Hill – Snowden – River Mardle – Holne Moor – Venford Reservoir|
|Distance – 5.5 miles Start time – 11.15am Time taken – 3 3/4hrs Highest Point – Ryder’s Hill 515m|
|Weather – Cloudy with some sun|