I wanted to get out with the boys for a walk this weekend however the weather wasn’t playing ball. Whilst the rest of the country seemed to bask in cold clear blue skies, the south west and in particular Dartmoor, held hazy, claggy cloud that stayed too low for good views or any views at times. I picked a hill on the western edge of Dartmoor, hoping for a cloud free time, I’d also thankfully thrown extra layers in the boot and a few hats. It was absolutely bitter in the wind and the Jetboil was in use to heat up some soup first before heading out of the car. Gibbet Hill itself was fairly standard with some nice views across to Brent Tor, but nothing in the other direction due to the clag. The highlight was Wheal Betsy, the only standing engine house on Dartmoor and part of the lead and silver mine from around 1740-1870, a lovely spot.
|Start – Wheal Betsy parking|
|Route – Gibbet Hill – A386 – Wheal Betsy – Wheal Betsy parking|
|Distance – 1 1/2 miles Start time – 1.10pm Time taken – 1hr Highest Point – Gibbet Hill 353metres|
|Weather – Cold, very hazy and some low clouds on higher hills|