After a couple of weeks away from a walking path, still on antibiotics and not wanting to push myself too far I sought a route that didn’t involve too much ascent. Distance would be ok if I could find a way not to be heading up and down hills too often. That ruled out the coastal path as that can’t be trusted to be flat, alongside lots of Dartmoor, however there are parts in the centre of Dartmoor that surprising are fairly flat. I concocted a route which stuck to a few lanes and roads as well as a great section across Royal Hill to Swincombe which was fairly flat as well. I even threw in a tor at the end for good measure. There was plenty of the West Dart River and some streams to circumnavigate as well, which involved a few fine stone bridges. The views are good and are mainly to the higher ground around this area and there are a few Dartmoor 365 squares to pick up on route. All in all the walk did exactly what I wanted, it got me out again and didn’t break me in doing so. Perfect.
Start – Dunnabridge parking
Route – Lower Cherrybrook Bridge – Prince Hall Hotel – Prince Hall Bridge – Swincombe Farm/John Bishops House – Gobbet Mine – Hexworthy – Jolly Lane Cottage – Hexworthy Bridge – Huccaby – Huccaby Tor – Dunnabridge Pound – Dunna Bridge
Distance – 7.5 miles Start time – 10am Time taken – 4hrs 15mins Highest Point – The track between Laughter Hole and Dunnabridge 370 metres
Weather – Mainly cloudy, a fairly flat light, pleasant temperature