Dewerstone, Wigford Down and Cadover Bridge

As we all know the weather recently has been hot, days without a breeze are rare down in the south west but when coupled with hot sunny weather, it makes for unpleasant walking conditions. This was one of those days and as a result I was up early and parked at 8.30am for my favourite…

Shilley Pool and Shelstone Tor

It was hot, too hot to do anything more than a gentle stroll for 15 minutes before returning home for a cold shower. Typical Britain, in that we all moan about good weather!! This weekend, I had one boy isolating due to being within a quarter of a mile of someone with a sniffle (no…

Broadsands to Paignton

A short walk today mainly due to the heavy rain forecast to arrive around midday at home. I headed east to try and extend that time a bit and actually found an area that missed the worst of the rain, whilst I was there anyway. I’ve walked from here with the boys last November around…

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

Back in February in lockdown I decided to stick some pins in a map of places I wanted to walk and visit, when we all could again. A few in the south west (Brown Willy in Cornwall already in the bag), some in south Wales, Snowdonia, Peak District and a few aspirational ones in Scotland.…

Sugar Loaf

New places and new walks, that’s the motto for this year. I’ve been extending my walks around the South West Coastal path, new places on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, and now a new area altogether in the Beacon Beacons. The choses of walks here are pretty wide and varied. However having driven up from Plymouth…

Walkers Hill and Wansdyke

A slightly different area this week, and not one to have featured on the website before. I’m in Wiltshire, staying with my boys at my brothers and his wife’s house. It had been nearly a year since the cousins last saw each other and it was time to sort that out. Whilst there my brother…

Staple Tors and a sunset

There are a few walks I look forward to every year. The bluebell walk (tick on that for this year here), a snowy walk in the winter (all the snow on Dartmoor was in lockdown so I missed all of that) and a sunset walk. Time to tick that last one off for this year.…

Boscastle to Tintagel, almost

The plan of getting out and getting away whenever possible continued. Things are booked for the future weeks and months and loads of plans for weekends inbetween. Revisits to places, new visit to places, the idea is not to stay in the same town that I’ve been forced to frequent these last 12 months and…

Holwell Bluebells and Haytor

Well its been a couple of weeks since my last post, not because I haven’t been out walking, far from it, this was down to a laptop failure (daughter board under the power button for those with IT knowledge). Most of my photos have been taken on my camera so I was unable to get…

The Lizard, Britain’s most southerly place

The one thing about these lockdowns imposed upon us is that they can damage and hurt people. Simple things such as staying overnight with your children is one of life’s simple things. I’ve not done that since September (two camping trips) with these two rascals. A combination of not having enough rooms for them to…

Hollacombe, Cylinder Bridge and Brixton

Now I know what your going to say. He’s been away from posting for a couple of weeks and he returns with a walk from home, “what’s happened to Dartmoor or the coastal paths” I hear you say. Well the weather has happened, constant forecasts of heavy, potentially thundery downpours hasn’t encouraged me to get…

Crackington Haven to Boscastle

I felt I’d done walking in Cornwall a bit of a disservice last week with my post on walking in northern Bodmin Moor, so I set out to put that right. This walk should do that nicely, and then some. This is arguably one of the best days coastal path walking in the country, you’ll…

Bodmin Moor, Rough Tor and Brown Willy

Somewhere different this week and one I was looking forward to. It was about time I headed to the highest point in Cornwall, for some reason I had never made it this far north on Bodmin Moor but today was about putting that right. I’d previously walked around the Minions area of Bodmin Moor, which…

Templer Way, Yarner Woods and Knowle Rocks

This is another walk around the Lustleigh area, having visited Knowle Woods previously last November (here) I thought I might have finished finding new things around these parts. Not so, a bit of tweaking to my 500 list has brought 3 more fine outcrops and the last one on this walk is a cracker. I…

Fur Tor, The Queen of Moor

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…

Plymouth seafront

It had been a while since I’d been to the seafront of Plymouth, probably about 18 months. Which seems ridiculous when I live here. So I thought I’d put that right and take the boys for an ice cream. I expected it to be busy and it was with plenty of cafe’s open selling the…

Zeal Tramway, Redlake and the River Avon

Restrictions loosened, I decided to head further into Dartmoor. Still on its southern side but the walk is straight into Dartmoor proper, once at Redlake you leave behind the last few remains of people and head off for some solo time. The best part about this walk is the route to Redlake, using the Zeal…

Berry Head and Brixham

Back, back to the coast and further from home. Finally a release and a chance to move a bit further and get back to some coastal path walking which I have missed hugely. If you had told me this back in 2019 then I would have said you were talking c**p. Last year was my…

Sampford Spiney, Pew Tor and Whitchurch Down

The last walk before restrictions on distance you can travel are lifted. You can’t stay overnight, but out and back home is all I need for now. This walk however stayed fairly local and included parts of a walk I did with the boys a few weeks back (here). This walk headed up towards Pew…

Saltram

A chance of a walk with the boys, but not very far at all from home. We’d spent the morning planting seeds to grow veg during the year, had some lunch before heading out for a walk in some sunshine. This walk is around the National Trust property of Saltram, the normal route around the…

Devonport Leat, Black Tor and Crazywell Pool

I wasn’t sure what to title this post and walk, its a walk in the area of Burrator but most of it tries to avoid the crowded hotspots around the reservoir itself. In fact if you headed uphill from Leather Tor Bridge you could miss out Norsworthy Bridge and the busy road section at that…

Brent Hill, Gidley Bridge and Harbourneford

I’ve been slowly creeping further east on each of my walks recently, with this walk being about 15-20 minutes from home. I probably won’t go any further east until we get into April now and have a couple of walks in the Yelverton area planned next, to finish off this lockdown. This walk is a…

Three Barrows, Wacka Tor and Corringdon Ball

Another walk on the edge of Dartmoor, however this one also walks a bit into the moor before returning to the edge. This one follows, yet again, a short drive. For those that question it, a week earlier the NHS has seen it fit to send me for a diabetic eye screening to this distance…

Horrabridge and Plaster Down

Well Spring has sprung, or at least an early version has. We may well get another blast of the cold stuff but for now we all are looking forward and willing to fight anyone who wants to stop our plans, we all know what I’m talking about. This walk was a beauty, the weather was…

Cornwood, Stalldown Barrow and Rook Tor

This is another walk, after a short drive which has inched me slightly further east. The start point was within a mile of the last starting point however the views were very different, gone were the clay works (until I got round to Rook Tor), replaced by open moorland. The weather started a bit damp,…

Mothecombe

Whilst the rest of the country has been covered with a blanket of the white stuff, us down here in Devon have endured (rather than enjoyed) day after day of strong winds from the east and plenty of rain. This was another of those days, but we managed to pick a gap in the weather…

Whitehill Tor, Hawks Tor and a short drive

Well hello there Dartmoor, I have finally made it back, at least to this little pocket of it anyway, sitting right on the South West edge of the moor. Parts of this walk aren’t actually within the moor boundary (marked by the yellow line on the map below), but for me this is a great…

Heybrook Bay and Lentney Battery

Another walk from home but this one felt different to the previous weeks. Not sure why but I just didn’t enjoy it as much. The weather was good, the scenery was brilliant considering what some people are having to put up with. However I just wasn’t feeling it, maybe its this lockdown, another one. Maybe…

250,000 up

The title is a nod to the director of the 7up series of Tv programmes, Michael Apted who has died recently, he was also known for Gorillas in the Mist. The title is relevant as the website has hit a quarter of a million views (approaching 100,000 individual visitors). The numbers are mind-blowing for me…

Wembury Wood, Warren Point and Langdon Court

So far this walkdown I’ve found myself improving on walks I did in Lockdown 1 or combining a couple of those walks together. Anything really to have some variety to things. It still makes me laugh (or is it groan) when people ask what you are doing at the weekend. The answer, well not much…

Staddon Heights and Bovisand with the boys

Those with children will know that to get them outside sometimes involves a bit of a white lie. Something like, it not that far, we’ll be back before that tv programme or I’ll buy you a cake on the way back. That sort of thing. Well we had festered in the house all morning, watched…

Spriddlestone and Steer Point

Well we are back, walking from home. With all the faff about driving 5 miles and getting a fine I decided that I would stay from the door at least for a bit and allow things to calm down a bit. The over zealous police have got things wrong, clearly but lets leave that there…

Around Dartmeet before lockdown

I’m writing this as a wave of deja vu appears to wash over the UK. Back in March 2020 I wrote about a walk around Holne before the lockdown and here we are again. No more than 5 miles further north I’m on my last proper Dartmoor walk before we are shutdown again. Looks like…

Looking back at 2020 and onwards

Where do you start with last year, best not to dwell on it wherever possible in my opinion. A pandemic and a response to it which has left us all shaking our heads, u turns, broken promises, a tier system which nicely protects big business and leaves the small business owners piling on debt to…

All around Moretonhampstead

Between Christmas and New Year the whole country of England has a bit of a covering of snow. A fine time to share some times with your family. Unfortunately those in charge said that we should not play out, or in for that matter. The rules were fun, to say the least. To be exact,…

Around Shaugh Prior

Well having worked up to, and including, Christmas Eve I decided that I would take a few days off and indulge a little. Alright then, it was a fair bit. Today was a walk day, well at least a bit of a walk day. I wanted to stay near to home and I chose my…

Hope Cove to Bantham

This is a great walk from Hope Cove to Bantham and completes a long section of the South Devon coastal path for me, this pretty much means that I have completed everything from Slapton Sands to Plymouth, except the short town walk of Salcombe and a mile or two at Mothercombe, which I am pretty…

Walkhampton and Sampford Spiney

After a week of heavy rain which threatened to strip off the tarmac from the roads, we had a weekend which promised plenty of sunny patches, lots of cloud and showers. That will do me nicely, take a coat and good footwear and you can walk anywhere in that. All around this walk we watched…

Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth

Another double weekend walk after the previous one at the start of November. I was still in a fine mood, having managed to get out for a pub lunch alongside a fine walk with the boys around Burrator reservoir, the day before. And to improve things further the weather was set for a cracking day.…

Around Burrator

A walk with the boys, well to be honest not just a walk but a trip to a pub to have some food after a walk. It shows how bad this year has been, when I see a trip to a pub as something to look forward to. The great news for me was that…

Dawlish to Teignmouth

Finally some sun in November. It feels like it has been years since I last had a good November walking day. This one was perfect, no wind, cold to start but warming as the day went on and a haze that only appears at the start or end of winter. The sky felt liquid, photos…

Lustleigh Cleave, Sanduck and Great Warmpit Copse

Another weekend in November and they seem to be going the way of every other November weather wise. More often than not they are wet with low cloud and high winds. Well this one had the wet and the low cloud, but very little wind. It was a truly dank day. North Devon and the…

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…