Now some of you will look at the title and see the photos below and wonder why I haven’t gone way into Dartmoor on a longer walk. Well there was a reason. My eldest had asked me if I would like to go with his class, for a walk on Dartmoor. “You know what you are doing dad”, he said. “Its only from Burrator to Princetown”, he said. Before I knew it, I was signed up as an adult helper. Maybe i should have thought a bit longer, after all this is mid December and will involve around 60 10 and 11 year olds on a double decker bus to get there!!! Well the first part wasn’t an issue, the weather was glorious and the kids were fine, if a little loud singing Christmas songs there and back!! However the walk didn’t turn out as planned. The idea was to have a short walk first, then a break for lunch then a longer walk up to Princetown. Well we got around the short walk, however one of the teachers went over on her ankle, which meant the pickup point of Princetown was no longer an option. We instead opted for a second short walk. To be honest there was disappointment among some of the kids, but the weather kept the spirits up along with a trail that included a search for chocolate! The kids did well overall and nearly 6 miles is a great effort from them.
|Start – Burrator Discovery Centre|
|Route – Burrator Resevoir and Dam – Sheeps Tor – Burrator Reservoir and Discovery Centre – Devonport Leat – Cross Gate Cross – Leathertor Farm – Leather Bridge – Norsworthy Bridge – Discovery Centre|
|Distance – 5.5 miles Start time – 10am Time taken – 4hrs Highest Point – Near to Sheeps Tor summit 340 metres ish|
|Weather – Glorious|