After last weeks successful foray into the centre of the South moor, I fancied something similar. Fur Tor is always a trek, no matter which way you approach it. You can go from Postbridge, along the East Dart. You can head from Bagga Tor, across rough ground or from Lane End, through Tavy Cleave. I plumped for the latter as I hadn’t been to Tavy Cleave since 2017, which was far too long. However as I neared the hamlet of Willsworthy I could see the red flags flying on Ger Tor. I’d forgotten the basic lesson, always check the firing times, even on a Sunday in the Easter holidays. I turned and headed for Bagga Tor, knowing that this was another route to my ultimate goal, Fur Tor, but disappointed that Tavy Cleave was again missed. I quickly adapted the route to pick off the Dartmoor 365 squares that I wanted to hit but was left with a short section of ground which was a duplicate (which I don’t like). Still this is a great walk, over some rough ground, which was made easier by the recent fire which has burnt away the thicker, clumpy grasses. As a result I was able to cover the ground quicker than normal.
Route –Bagga Tor – Lynch Tor – Limsboro Cairn – 3 way range pole – Western Red Lake – Eastern Red Lake – Fur Tor Brook – Fur Tor – Tavy Hole – Walkham Head – Walkham Head Peat Pass – Walkham Valley – Turf House/Ninney Lane – Lynch Tor – Bagga Tor parking
Distance – 8 miles Start time – 10.30am Time taken – 5hrs Highest Point – Fur Tor 572 metres
Weather – Sunshine with a very cold wind, snow and hail briefly