Well its been a while, but as they say Dartmoor is still here for me. I had waited a week and a bit after the official announcement that we could drive to places to walk. Unlike the Lake District fuhrer, Dartmoor National Park had said to come to the wild landscape and enjoy it responsibly, stay distanced and try to avoid peak times. All very sensible advice and one that is easily done on Dartmoor. Now I’d like to stab a jab at those papers and photographers looking for a story, taking a picture from ground level looking along a beach, giving no perspective as to the distance between people (we have seen the evidence from the those taking the photos from the 90 degree angle to compare). It is petty and looking for click bait. To those then leaping on social media to chastise those on the beach/car park, busy green area. Just behave, you don’t know who or what is involved. Is it a group of care workers walking with people with aspergers, or a large family, perhaps it is a number of people feeling trapped who need an hour outside. You don’t know and the photo is made to create a response, don’t be fooled to join in.
Climbing off my soap box, I loved my time back on the moors, I’d been sensible these last 8 weeks and seen my boys from a distance (despite being allowed to have them as normal), so we went out and enjoyed a few hours, talking nonsense, moaning about the wind and laughing a lot. This was a great walk, simple, funny, interesting and more than all that, space and time. The time to spend a few hours with my two most special people in a space that gives us all happiness. Stay safe everyone and get out where you can.
|Start – Whiteworks parking
|Route – Whiteworks – Strane Tor – Swincombe Farm – John Bishops House – Swincombe Bridge – Higher Swincombe Rocks – Swincombe Reservoir – Strane River – Whiteworks|
|Distance – 4.5 miles Start time – 1.45pm Time taken – 2hr 30mins Highest Point – Parts of Royal Hill 390metres|
|Weather – Blue skies and white clouds. And then some spitting rain right at the end. Very windy|