Dartmouth and round to Little Dartmouth

The weather for the weekend wasn’t looking too good, I ummed and arred about going out. Looking closer at the weather there was a window, not too long but a few hours before 2pm on Sunday, where the odd passing shower was forecast but the main rain would be at 2pm. Well they got the…

100,000 up again

The last time I wrote with this title was to thank those that visited my site and helped me reach 100,000 views. That was mid 2019 and can be found here. Now I’m writing again, not to thank for the next 100,000 but because I’ve hit that number in just 2020. I can only thank…

Leusdon Tor and Buckland in the Moor

The second walk in two days, and walk 2 of Lockdown 2. I’m on to Dartmoor now, or at least the southern part. I’ve given myself 30 minutes from home for a walk, as that’s my interpretation of a short drive. I quite like this area of Dartmoor, there is a fair bit of moorland…

Broadsands to Brixham

Today was my first proper walk after Lockdown 2 The Revenge had started, and as it turned out this was also the end of the blonde buffoon in the good old United States. For me, during this lockdown, I’ve kind of drawn a line from Tavistock across to Bovey Tracey and decided to stay south…

Meldon Hill, Chagford and Spinsters Rock

I had planned a week off and was trying to make the best of the week. The weather wasn’t really playing ball and I found myself trying to crowbar walks in between the heavy rain storms or days of rain. This turned out to be the only proper walk I did all week as after…

Saltram

Another National Trust walk to go nicely with my last one a couple of days ago at Cotehele. The good part about a Trust walk is the grounds tend to be full of trees, and at this time of year they give good colour and help with the photos, even if they are taken on…

A short walk around Cotehele

Another week where we should be in the Lake District, cancelled again. the rule of 6 and all that. Left to make up another week of things to do in the area we live and visit most weekends anyway. We wanted to make it different than the week in August and today was another National…

Mevagissey to Caerhays Castle

Another fantastic coastal path walk today. The weather was perfect, sunny and a bit of a breeze. Yes it was a little hazy but it didn’t detract at all. This walk is a brilliant one, the coastal path is rolling, more gently up and down, than other places. Only once you get past Hemmick Beach…

Sourton, Kitty Tor and the Corn Ridge

I had been watching the weather most of the week and unusually as we neared the weekend it was getting a little better. It was set for a dry Saturday with some sun and the same for Sunday. I thought a walk around the high points, of the north western corner of Dartmoor, would be…

Fleet Air Arm Museum

A poor weather weekend was forecast by the Met Office and duly delivered by the weather gods. High winds and heavy rain for 3 days throughout the area meant a walk was out of the question. I instead had a look in the area for something similar to the tank museum that we went to…

Sidmouth to Branscombe Church

2nd walk in 3 days and if I’m honest my legs were still aching from the previous days’ hike over Dartmoor. Once I got going though the aching went away as I made my way along the coastal path towards Branscombe. The day had started well, I was up early and parking in Sidmouth at…

Hurston, Jurston and Coombe Down

Time for another walk on Dartmoor and an attempt to pick up a couple of tors not visited before. I’ve had Coombe Down Tor on my list for a while now but wasn’t able to put together a decent walk to pick it up. I also realised that I had never been to Hurston Stone…

Gutter Tor and another wildcamp

It had been another decent weather week down here in Devon, the only slight downside was the breeze which picked up as we nearer the weekend. However by Thursday I had decided on a camp, got some food and picked an area for the tent. All this recent wildcamping by myself has come as a…

Porthpean to Pentewan

A walk in this area has been on the back burner for a while, when looking at the map I was struggling to put together a loop that got me where I wanted to go. The initial idea was to walk from around Porthpean down to Mevagissey from somewhere just inland which allowed me to…

Coleton Fishacre

This is a place that I walked through on fantastic coastal walk to Man Sands from Kingswear. This was a revisit to have a look at what was up the hill from the coastal path. I was impressed at gardens and paths that criss-crossed the grounds with a fine looking house at the top. The…

Wildcamp at Holming Beam

This was a bit of a last minute decision, a bit of a scrabble around, grabbing the sleeping bags, torches and a dash to get some food we headed out for our first camp of the year. I looked at the time and realised I would need to not walk far from the car, if…

Belstone Cleave, Cosdon Beacon and Wild Tor

I decided to get back on Dartmoor and repeat most of a walk I had done before (here), with a little bit of difference along Belstone Cleave. I’m a big fan of Cosdon, its on my list of favourite summits on the moor and if the weather is good up here, as it was today,…

Killerton

Not Dartmoor and not the coast either. This is another venture to make the most of the national trust membership and make an early start on the bank holiday weekend. I’d booked the Friday off so we whisked ourselves off up the A38 towards Exeter. Now I hadn’t been to Killerton before and I was…

The Tank Museum and West Bay

This was a proper Dad and lads day. Big boys toys. And if I’m honest the best day I’ve had this year, easily. I’d had a bit of a thought and decided that I’d have a look at the Tank Museum, my eldest spouts many facts about tanks, planes and other WW2 facts, he’s been…

Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth, the Jurassic Coast

I wasn’t sure where to walk today. North Cornwall, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and East Devon all were looked at. I decided to head to the latter for no reason more than the others. I’d been here once before, nearly 30 years ago and it was to play golf, rather than look along the coastal cliffs.…

Brent Tor

This one was just a quick walk up to Brent Tor, over on the far west side of Dartmoor. It probably took us twice as long to drive here than it did to walk up, sit for a bit and walk back down. There is no distance to this one, but it is perfect for…

A week not in The Lakes

This was all about making the best of what we had. We’d already been on a walk around Slapton Sands and after a rest day we picked some locations, booked ourselves in and met up with some, and then all, of the family that would have been with us in The Lakes. We decided to…

Slapton Sands

A walk I should not have been here for. Instead I should have been driving north and walking up Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike in the Lake District. However a simple, but huge, water leak in the property we should have stayed at, has stopped any hope of a week in Lakes. The phone call…

Fowey and Gribbin Head

Back to the coast today and a walk I looked at when I was I was in Polruan on my walk from Polperro. This walk is from Fowey to Par Sands and gives you plenty to see, with the focal point being Gribbin Head. I will say that when you make these walks up on…

All around Top Tor with the boys

Time for a quick walk with the boys. We’d spent the morning trying on clothes for the boys to ensure that everything fitted after lockdown. After an hour we had one big bag of clothes for the charity shop, items passed from elder to younger sibling and a short list of clothes needed for the…

Christow, Bridford and the lanes of North Eastern Dartmoor

Back onto Dartmoor and a choice of where to head, initially I wanted to go to Belstone Cleave and maybe up onto Cosdon Beacon. But I decided to head to the north eastern corner of Dartmoor and the point which is nearest to Exeter on the map. This area is classic Devon, and if you…

Man Sands, Coleton Fishacre and Kingswear

Another in this years’ series of coastal walks, this one however is a lot harder than last weeks’ walk from Polperro to Polruan. Even though the distance last week was much further, the terrain here is a lot tougher, much more up and down. The start was again along country lanes, very little traffic but…

Polperro to Polruan

This one is a long coastal path walk, in fact the way I’m walking the coastal path they are all quite long walks. So far none of the walks have been linear, all being a loop and return back to the car. So this way if I actually get to doing the whole lot I’d…

A Combestone Tor sunset

This isn’t a walk but just an evening drive out to catch a sunset after a hot day, so if you like a sunset then this will be your thing. This is a popular spot, even at 9.30 at night. Tripods were out for the other few out here to catch the sun. Myself, well…

Great walk around Start Point with the boys

With the ticks that were involved in my last walk, I decided (and was told) to stay away from Dartmoor! The obvious choice is to therefore head to the coast. I’ve been to Start Point before however I haven’t walked the coast from there to Lannacombe Beach, so this walk sorts that out. The weather…

Whiddon Woods and the Teign Valley

This was a walk to pick up some tors in the north eastern side of Dartmoor. I have been meaning to come here now for around 6 months but with the lockdown I haven’t ventured to far from home. This was as far as I have been now and a return to some sort of…

Leigh Tor and along the Dart to Aish Tor

A walk a couple of days after my evening walk up to the Trowlesworthy Tors. This was a simple walk on paper, however I knew the part from Double Dart Rocks up to Aish Tor would be steep, and probably covered in gorse. Gorse seems to cling happily to the side of the Dart valley…

A short walk with the boys to Trowlesworthy

An evening walk this time and the boys joined me again, nothing too stretching but enough to make you feel as though you’d walked a bit of your tea off. This is a lovely simple area for me to get to and gives some great views into the centre of Dartmoor around Princetown. The two…

East Portlemouth, round Prawle Point to Lannacombe Beach

Recently it seems as though heading to a beach, national park, moorland, lake, reservoir or beauty spot for a walk/sit/picnic has been the thing that gets people’s blood boiling. The fact that it is now allowed in England after the lockdown lift a couple of weeks ago seems to have not changed some opinions. I…

Easdon Tor, Neadon Cleave and Manaton

Back to Dartmoor for me. And a walk were I saw no one, not a soul all day apart from in the car park which was very strange but then again I don’t mind it that way. This walk takes in a lovely tor with some amazing views, some of the best from what isn’t…

Back on Dartmoor around Swincombe

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,…

Bigbury to Mothercombe

Well a bit of freedom, but only a bit. No sooner than lockdown was lifted and we were allowed to go as far as we wished as long as we returned home at the end of the day (in England anyway), than the National Parks and everywhere that people would visit, claimed they were still…

Cofflette Creek, Brixton and Yealmpton

I’d had an idea to walk east of where I lived, ideally I wanted to walk to Warren Point, as I hadn’t been there for 7 or 8 years and its a lovely out and back, however I wasn’t sure how to get there. This walk was about 9 miles over 4 hours ish. I…

Langdon Court, Bovisand and Staddon Heights

Another walk from the door, number 6 in this lockdown series!! This one is a bit of a mash of the others to be honest and I’ve saturated this area now, although another visit down to Wembury Woods and Cofflete Creek would be fantastic, this would be a mash together of two previous walks. The…

Wembury Woods, Warren Point and lots of wild

It had taken me a bit of time to get out again, the odd walk up to the local football field aside, I hadn’t been out for over a week. I’m not sure what it is, maybe I feel guilty for living close to open land, where walking is easy. As a result I’m not…

Bovisand and round to Wembury

This one is a bit of a mix between walk 1 of the lockdown and walk 2, making for 7 1/2 miles. I wanted to get out and walk a bit further, see the rapeseed fields again and get down by the sea for a stretch. There were a few people out but I saw…

Cofflete Creek, Spriddlestone and fields of yellow

Different walk today and a different direction, as is the way when you are walking from the same starting point each time, you will get some crossover of walks and some repeated parts. This one was different right until Hollacombe, so only the final quarter was a repeat, which was nice. I also saw a…

Bovisand and to the Manor Bourne

Another day and another walk from home. This one was 6 days after the last and no change in the weather during that time, I went early and was back home by mid morning, still there was a few people around on the walk, particularly around the Bovisand area, where I met some police who…

A walk from home to Wembury

If I’m honest it took me a while to get out the door and walk during lockdown week 1. This is one of a few nice walks that I can easily do from the house but I just didn’t have the want to walk straight away feeling. I stayed in and did my bit instead.…

A walk around Holne before the lockdown

This was a strange weekend, people knew this could be the last chance for a while to get out. Some despite the instructions went for a popular spot, a well known beach or area of a national park. Myself, I went quiet, more intent on a local pub that might be selling takeaway beer!! I…

Boulters Tor in the murk

Not much of a weather window and to be honest I wasn’t exactly leaping out of bed and rushing around to coerce the boys to be up and at ’em. So by the time we left, the half reasonable weather window was passing. At least driving out of Plymouth meant that it stopped drizzling and…

All around Rame Head

2020 has been the year, so far, of walking in different places where possible. That has meant plenty of woodland walks of eastern Dartmoor and some coastal walks to change the scenery a bit. This is partly due to the amount of rain we have had since October leaving the proper part of Dartmoor at…

Trendlebere Down, Hound Tor and the Becka Brook

It seemed, on this walk, that I would always be around, alongside or crossing the Becka Brook. Looking back at the photos, I started above it, crossed it in Leighon, found it again after Greator Rocks, followed it upstream to Cold Moor Tor and eventually ended up back above it at the car park. Apart…

A quick walk from Jennycliff

Not much to this walk at all, a mile and a bit maybe if that. It’s on my doorstep though and when you need a quick fix, 5 minutes down the road and you are there. This was the leap year day and I’m not sure I’ve walked on the 29th Feb before. We started…

Twizzle Tree, Bearacleave and the Pixey Copse

Back to the eastern side of Dartmoor again, and another late start after midday, after waiting for the last of the showers to pass through. This was another trip into Shaptor Wood to try and finish off the tors in there, well that was the plan. However I got a bit befuddled in there and…

Heltor Rock, Doccombe Rock and the Leign Valley

This was day 2 of Storm Dennis, I was eagerly keeping an eye on the weather reports, which most said that the rain would stop about 2pm and the wind would be reasonable by midday. I don’t mind a wet start to a walk as long as I finish in the dry with time to…

All around Lustleigh

Whenever I’ve walked in this area I’ve always tended to head straight to Lustleigh Cleave or the ridges above. Well today I thought I’d take in a few of the paths that wriggle their way to and from this lovely little village. The weather wasn’t too bad considering it was raining as I drove here,…

St Anchorite’s Rock

I’ve wanted to walk to this outcrop for quite a while now, probably about 17 or 18 years, since spying the rock from my many visits to Revelstoke caravan park. The only tricky part was trying to make a bit of a loop of it, being that I’m not a fan of the out and…

Brousentor, Lynch Tor and Coffin Wood

Slight change to my recent walks, which have mainly been in and around woodland, this time I wanted to get out on to Dartmoor proper and up to some more recognisable tors. I was still aware that the majority of the moor is still very wet so I kind of skimmed the edge on the…

Around Burrator Reservoir via Deancombe Rocks

The third walk of the year on only the 4th day and the first one with the boys in 2020. Its tricky with boys who are now 12 and 10, mine are typical boys of this age and their age, they love to stay indoors with some sort of tech in front of them. Mine…

Wray Cleave, Blackingstone Rock and Shillyrock

As you may have noticed this winter I haven’t really been walking on Dartmoor proper, choosing to stay around the edges and head into woodlands for walks and to pick off some tors. Mainly, however, this has been to stay away from a sodden Dartmoor after months of rain down here in the south west…

Looking back to 2019 and on to the new decade

Well 2019 has been a tumultuous year. I lost a job, spent 6 months unemployed, struggled with anxiety and depression during that time. Starting volunteering with the National Trust, then got a new job with the National Trust. Got huge pains throughout my arms and hands doing the ranger volunteering work that I was doing,…

Brent Hill and Underhill Tor

My first walk of 2020 and I wanted to work my way back into walking. I hadn’t walked properly since the day before the general election (the 11th Dec), not for any protest reason, but because the weather was very poor in that time and I had been rota’d into far too many shifts for…

East Dartmoor, Shaptor Woods and Trenchford Tor

This walk has taken a bit of time to write up. The main reason being that I’ve extended my list of Dartmoor tors, from 400 to 500, and in doing so this meant finding another 100 tors to include. Now looking at the many tors lists that are out there, I was missing lots of…

Buck Tor, Doublewaters and Berra Tor

Well November seems to have been mostly about the rain, either it was about to rain or it always was. The temperatures stayed pretty mild throughout meaning the south west was hit by wave after wave of rain clouds. I managed only two walks in the whole month which was a pretty poor effort for…

Back on Dartmoor around Eylesbarrow and Nun’s Cross

I’d been back from the Lakes for over a week and hadn’t ventured to Dartmoor, a mix of work and poor weather when I had a day off, left me bereft of good walking opportunities. Well I decided to take a gamble on a day were the rain was due to arrive around 2pm, hoping…

Tarn Hows

Such a good walk this one, if you have National Trust membership then start from the main car park beside the lake. If not then there is another car park to the west just off the road to Coniston. Either way this is a lovely hour walk in glorious surroundings, with views to the Coniston…

Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick

I had a choice of a few walks for this day, i could head to Great Gable or maybe pick off some behind Skiddaw. But this time I decided to finish off the Far Eastern Fells. This is my first book of the Wainwright’s that I have finished and one that I thought would be…

Aira Force

This is another of our go to walks, especially after a bit of rain has fallen. We did this walk the day after my long Longsleddale walk and my legs were still aching a fair bit heading around here. Thankfully by the end I’d loosened up enough not to be walking like John Wayne anymore.…

A long Longsleddale Round

This was a walk that I actually came up with myself, looking at the Far Eastern fells I had left, this walk seemed possible on the map. When I looked online this turned out to be a Longsleddale Round, plus Selside Pike. For some reason this fell (Selside Pike, which is off to one side)…

Grasmere

This seems to be one of our go to low level walks when we are up here in the Lakes. And we never seem to add on Rydal Water to this walk, in fact I’ve never walked around Rydal for some reason. I guess at around an hour and a half to get around the…

Ingra Tor, Swell Tor and round to Leather Tor

Not the walk I planned, not even the alternate walk I’d planned. Originally I was going for a walk around the Plym valley, heading to Plym Steps, Grim’s Grave and lots of tors in that area. Then I changed my mind and decided to head to Princetown, then to Whiteworks and walk across Royal Hill…

Doe Tor, Chat Tor and Great Links Tor

Like most of the country we’ve had some wet weather down here in the South West, meaning my visits out have not been as frequent recently as I would like. It has also meant the ground underfoot has started to take on its more normal squidgy, boggy self. The other change since my last walk…

Rugglestone Rock and the rocks on Hameldown

As promised, not as long until my next big walk and this one is a bit of a change in locations for myself, especially the outward route. After a dry summer I decided to have a go at looking for Rugglestone Rock, plus a number of outcrops on the side of Hameldown. These all seemed…

Gutter Tor and Ditsworthy Warren

Another short walk for me and the boys to ensure a bit of exercise on an otherwise lazy day. We had watched the lunchtime football, preceded by a trip to the field across the road to pick some blackberries, but around that we either lazed in front of the box or scrolled through our phones.…

Cut Hill and Sittaford Tor

It had been a while, The last decent walk I did was Helvellyn and that was more than a month ago. Decorating, gardening and work had got in the way too much, well enough was enough and this walk was planned. Initially I only wanted to go as far as Kit Rocks, then across to…

Western Beacon and Ugborough Beacon

It had taken a while, we’d been back a couple of weeks from the Lakes and hadn’t had a walk in our own back yard. Well enough was enough, and it required a quick walk to get back into Dartmoor. I was trying to remember my last time up here and I think it was…

A drive around the Lakes

In between the walking days in our week in The Lakes, we had a couple of days off. One was spent pottering around Ambleside in the rain. The second was a trip to Keswick to buy a few presents and have some lunch up there. Considering we were staying in Grasmere, it is normally is…