A swim in the River Dart

Plenty of July and now on into August has been pretty hot for us here in the south west of England, as a result I’ve avoided walking on occasions and instead headed for a swim. This one is from mid July and previous wild swim spots of Shilley Pool, Sherrah Pool, Spitchwick and Cadover Bridge…

Pew Tor and a sunset

Having missed my annual trip to see the bluebells at Holwell Lawn, I was determined not to miss this outing for a sunset at Cox Tor/Pork Hill area. The really hot weather at the start of July gave plenty of evenings with the right sunset conditions, plus walking in the day would have been madness.…

Stalldown Barrow, Erme Pound and The Dancers

The promise of some nice sunshine, warm weather, but not too warm. Perfect for walking and I figured a good time to head out along the River Erme. Parking at Harford Gate still appears to closed off and as it was Sunday I figured parking on the road at the church might be a bit…

Becky Falls

A damp day and not much chance of it clearing enough to do a decent walk on Dartmoor with the boys. I figured that I would take the opportunity to head to Becky Falls (yep there’s a cost to get in) and tick the Dartmoor 365 box to say I’ve been. To be honest there’s…

Ryders Hill and Keble Martin Chapel

We are nearing the end of June for this walk and the recent weather had been changeable. As I sit here in baking hot sunshine with sweat dripping from very pore, it seems strange that a few weeks ago we were wondering whether summer had been and gone in a blink. Plenty of heavy showers…

Seatown to West Bay

Every now and again the pull of a new coast walk means I need to scour maps looking for somewhere along the South West Coastal Path to walk. Petrol prices currently are meaning that if I’m heading out I’ll be going along quicker roads to minimise the fuel used, and not hitting too many lanes…

Western Beacon and Butterdon Hill

A simple evening walk with my youngest as the evenings approached the solstice. The walk itself isn’t more than 2 miles, but its perfect for an evening and if you get here early enough it could easily be extended up to Piles Hill and Sharp Tor, or across to Ugborough Beacon. The walk starts by…

A National Trust Jubilee

Slightly different extended bank holiday outings for me. I thought about walking out on Dartmoor or the coast, the weather was certainly forecast to be good enough. But I chose instead to head to a couple of National Trust places, make use of my membership and have a couple of simple days out and a…

Northam, Appledore and Westward Ho!

A classic pub quiz question asking, “what is the only town in England with an exclamation mark in its name?” Westward Ho! of course. A question I got right time and again at Uni in the north of England. Living in Devon it isn’t even asked, an easy question. Its taken me a while to…

Ashburton, Sigford and Belford Mill

A walk around the lanes on the south eastern edge of Dartmoor, starting out from Ashburton, with a return route which included a section alongside the A38! The main reason for this walk was to mop up a clump of Dartmoor 365 squares that were left together, leaving me with just 5 now which are…

Christow, Kiln Down and Rowden Rock

Another day out on the edge of the moor, the north eastern corner of the moor to be precise. I’ve done lots of this walk previously (here), that time I headed straight from Christow up towards Kiln Down and then up towards Bridford. This time I added a section further south to pickup my last…

Short walk from home with the boys

I can’t remember the reason why we headed out on a Friday night for a walk, rather than a Saturday, it may have been Saturday’s weather forecast, either way this was a short walk from the house, across a few fields and back. Nothing difficult, but it was a chance to see the yellow fields…

Dartmeet, Down Ridge and lots of stepping stones

This walk was my first one back in Devon after the Lake District holiday, the map below looks a bit scruffy and too be honest the walk is a bit of that. I didn’t start out on the best foot, forgetting to take my walking boots, however my Merrells did me just fine, showing how…

Seat Sandal

Time for one last walk on the penultimate day, the weather all week had been getting better and better with lots of sunshine. We’d only had one patch of rain/drizzle, which happened to be from midnight until about 8am on the Monday. It had been a good weather week and it had been too good…

Tarn Hows, Keswick and Latrigg

Post 4 from the Easter trip to the Lake District, so far we’ve had post number 500 which was just out favourite parts of the Lakes having been coming here for 14 years now. Then two posts of big walks, firstly Yewbarrow, Scoat Fell and Haycock, followed by Eagle Crag around to Ullscarf. This walk…

Eagle Crag, Sergeant’s Crag and Ullscarf

Not sure why I picked this walk straight after the last one. Looking at ascents up a fell, Yewbarrow and Eagle Crag are two of the most fearsome in the district. From my list I’m only missing Sharp Edge on Blencathra and I’d have had a hattrick on this holiday. Now here comes a warning,…

Yewbarrow, Scoat Fell and Steeple

First of the big walks on the Easter visit to the Lakes this year. My Wainwright map has far too many dots in the south western side, particularly around Eskdale and Wasdale. Time for a visit out that way. Now some would say that heading to Wasdale on an Easter Sunday is asking for trouble,…

Post 500 – Grasmere and the Lakes

Arriving back from the Lakes after my Easter holiday, I had a look through my stats page after posting a walk I did before heading 400 miles north, and noticed that I was sat on 499 posts. What to do for number 500, my first big walk in this visit to the Lakes was from…

Lots of tors from Two Bridges

A decent stretch of good weather has meant that Dartmoor has dried a little and is perfect for a trek into some of the more central areas, far from roads. This area stacks up the tors, 16 of them in such a small area, some of them are very impressive, others smaller outcrops, some just…

Granite Way, Okehampton Castle and Yes Tor

Cold nights and clear days, frost on the ground in the morning and good views to the distance as you walk. Conditions were perfect, as they had been for a week or two now. I decided to head up to the north western corner of the moor for a bit of Dartmoor 365 bagging and…

Bovington Tank Museum

This visit came after our stay in Weymouth and I’ve said this before, that myself and the boys love this place, it sits not to far from Dorchester and for us its a couple of hours away. Here the boys put into practice their school history lessons and take back more intricate knowledge than they…

Weymouth

This is a first of two posts regarding another visit for myself and the boys to the Tank Museum in Dorset, this one involved a stay in a Premier Inn in Weymouth overnight, in order to make the next day drive far easier. This was instead of and an out and back from Plymouth, with…

Wanson and Bude to Northcott Mouth

If you are heading clockwise around the South West Coastal Path then after the heights of High Cliff this part will be a doddle. A lovely flatish section of coastal path, without the climbs and drops of the previous parts. A chance to walk along a beach as well, without worrying about the high cliff…

Par to Porthpean

After three walks in a row on Dartmoor it was back to the coastal path, specifically the south Cornwall area around St Austell. I’d previously walked around Gribben Head from Fowey to Par Sands and the other side I’d walked from Porthpean to Pentewan. This walk joins those two sections together through the town of…

Buckfast Abbey

Now tell someone that you are taking two teenage boys to an abbey on a Saturday afternoon and they will either suggest you make an appointment with a doctor or laugh out loud and think you are joking. Well this is something I did, firstly its a Dartmoor 365 square, so it needed visiting and…

Manaton Rocks, Heathercombe Fisheries and The Watching Place

After the false start on the previous walk, which necessitated a different walking plan, I decided to return to the area a couple of days later, park a bit further north and set out again to bag some Dartmoor 365 squares. In this case 4 squares and a nice summit of Manaton Rocks. This summit…

Chinkwell Tor, Honeybag Tor and the Miolstone

I’d booked a couple of days off work and planned a walk or two, covid in the household meant that I was encouraged to be out all day to allow for me to stay away from it, and the patient, a break from bedroom isolation. Not needing to be asked twice (I had planned to…

Staple Tors, Roos Tor and Cox Tor

A walk around a familiar area with a change to norm. I’d joined a walk with a group, the Walk Dartmoor 365 group had arranged a gathering, not a long walk but a chance to meet like minded people and walk an area I’d been to lots of times. However with Paul taking us around…

Stonebarrow Hill, Golden Cap and Seatown

Another walk along this eastern stretch of the South West Coastal Path towards Portland, as I push further east towards Chesil Beach. We’d had a few days of decent sunshine so I decided on a walk that deserved a day befitting of the weather. The highest point on the entire south coast of England should…

Petit Tor Point to Torquay

Finally out for a walk, after 2 weeks of watching rain pour and wind blow, plus a couple of days of decorating in the house. I spotted a chance of a walk in somewhere that had grey clouds but not necessarily rain until mid afternoon, the wind was just a yellow warning so it felt…

Seaton to Looe

A weekend where the weather wasn’t playing ball for me, the string winds and rain coming into the south west seemed to correspond with the time that I could walk. So I had a search and managed to find a weather window between 10am and 2pm in a place I hadn’t walked on the coastal…

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton and green rolling fields

This walk was an attempt to tick off a number of Dartmoor 365 squares as far away from home as it gets on Darrtmoor for me. The 3 squares of Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton and Greystone are full Dartmoor 365 squares with Crockenwell and Cheriton Bishop being a couple of bonus squares. I also managed to…

Little Dartmouth to Strete

Another of those three walks I needed to finish off to complete a long section of coastal path from Charmouth to Whitsand Bay, sorting this one means I just have a section around Torquay to do on this long stretch. This is another section which has parts of the path which are a short distance…

Bovisand beach walk

I’ll be honest I’m not sure why I walked from home on this day, I just did. It might of been the lack of gumption to drive to somewhere else, either way I have a few good options on the doorstep and I took advantage of one of them for a decent walk which takes…

Lyme Regis to Charmouth and on to Stonebarrow Hill

First walk of the new year and choices on where to go. Dartmoor, coast, east, west, north. In the end it was the weather that made my mind up, a few days earlier I had walked on the north eastern side of Dartmoor and the weather had altered from the gloomy drizzle to the west…

Looking back at 2021 and onwards to 2022

Well 2021 has now passed and we all start to make plans for the new year, I will get around to mentioning my plans lower down but for now lets look back at 2021. It started badly for the first 3 months with lockdown and the dreaded words “a short drive”. I had no idea…