When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The theme of this walk was again, lanes on the edge of Dartmoor and a walk up to a couple of tors to give some fine views. This was my third of these type of forays and again allowed me to visit a couple of neglected tors in Bag Tor and Pinchaford Ball, alongside picking off the Dartmoor 365 squares in the area. The weather was stunning again, having had a fair bit of rain and strong winds in the run up, my walk day changed to blue skies and cold wind. Perfect. The walk again is a good one, the lanes were reasonably quiet, with the one exception being the short section of uphill road into Ilsington, which is a lovely village for a potter. My only issue is when leaving Bag Tor, I’ve always wanted to go straight on and down to Bag Tor House or Bag Tor Mill. However the black dashed lines never fill me with confidence and I’ve followed the one down to Bag Tor Mill previously and been hit with a Private gate as the dashed line turns to a lane. So instead I returned back out of the Bag Tor enclosure, picked up another black dashed line, a couple of hundred metres north east, which leads into a pink dotted line on the map, which I know is good and on to Birchanger Cross before dropping down to the mill. If anyone knows of a better path to Bag Tor mill from Bag Tor then let me know.
Start – Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey
Route – Brimley – Ilsington – Pinchaford Ball – Bag Tor – Bagtor Mill – Birchanger Cross – Five Lanes – Ramshorn Down – Rora Wood – Old Liverton – Look and Weep, Colesworthy – Bovey Tracey, Pottery Road
Distance – 10.5 miles Start time – 10am Time taken – 5hrs 10mins Highest Point – Pinchaford Ball 376 metres