Lustleigh Cleave and Harton Chest

Back again to one of my favourite spots. I love it here, and when the sun is shining it is a great place. My boys hadn’t been here so I decided to take them for a short walk around the Cleave, picking out the best bits. That meant Raven’s Tor, The Old Clam bridge, a…

Longaford Tor, Rough Tor and Wistmans Wood

A medium length walk which packs in a lot of tors in a short distance. 11 in total in 7 miles, the main tor area is the ridge up from Crockern Tor as once you reach Little Bee Tor, there are 8 in a 2 mile section. It a fine walk, especially the area out…

Boulters Tor and Wedlake

This is a second part of a walk that I wanted to complete a month or so back, to make a longer walk. I wasn’t really up for a walk on the first outing, so cut it short, here is the second half of the walk, a few weeks later. The weather was decent, the…

Boredale Horseshoe

This walk wasn’t on the plan for this holiday, I’d originally wanted to do Yolk, Ill Bell, Froswick and Troutbeck Tongue, however the long drive from Keswick put me off, so i changed to this one. Talk of a horseshoe walk in the Lake District and you will get quite far down the list before…

Tarn Hows, Surprise View and Aira Force

The title is a bit misleading, we didn’t do all these on the same day, they were split by a couple of days and a walk for myself along the High Stile Ridge. The first section of photos, of Tarn Hows, Surprise View and Ashness Bridge were all done on one day. A couple of…

High Stile ridge

This is probably a walk that I have looked at for 5 years or more now, each time I’ve put it off and gone elsewhere. I’ve added parts to it and then taken them away, I’ve even changed my starting point at the last minute. Originally this was going to be a walk out of…

Stone Arthur

Another week in the Lakes and it coincided with some lovely weather which got warmer as the week went on. Before heading up to the Lakes I hadn’t had my usual long walk to get me ready for walks with steep fells over long distances, I am a fan of the Dartmoor landscape but it…

Haytor and Saddle Tor

This was a chance to get out with the boys in some unseasonal weather around Haytor. There are plenty of tors in this area and we visited 8 in a short walk, plus a welcome ice cream. I’m not a fan of very busy tors and areas, however Haytor is a fabulous outcrop, come early…

Ryders Rocks and around Avon Dam

The days are getting longer and this means there is no need to be up and out early to get a good walk in. I started this amble after lunch and was easily finished before dark was even considered. This one is a new route for me as I don’t normally head out to Ryders…

On the coastal path around Bolt Head

I’d seen a walk in one of the walking magazines about a good loop around Bolt Head, near to Salcombe. The distance was around 9 miles and involved walking the coastal path from Overbecks (National Trust) to Hope Cove, involving plenty of plunging views down to the sea below. Now I wasn’t expecting to see…

Down Tor, Sheeps Tor and Yellowmead Stone Circle

A walk out of my most visited starting spot. I’m a fan of the tors out the back of Norsworthy Bridge, especially as Burrator is just so popular but 10 minutes after leaving the car there is nothing but silence and the odd sheep breaking the quiet. The summit of Down Tor is a great…

Buckland Pound, Buckland Beacon and Welstor Rock

I have recently begun volunteering for the Dartmoor Preservation Association, just helping to clear out some historical sites and a further chance to spend some time on Dartmoor. I had one day on Roborough Down helping to clear bracken, bramble and gorse from the Plymouth Leat. Today however was a bit higher up, thankfully the…

White Tor and Stephens Grave

A walk planned on the first day of the strong winds. They were definitely strong today and to be honest once the rain started my will to walk was gone and probably for the first time in a long time, I shortened the walk to get back to the car quicker. This is an area…

Shadyback Tor and learning to map read

A short Saturday trip out with the boys and a chance to do some of my youngest’s homework. He’s been given a booklet with lots of different tasks in it to complete, things like a blind taste test, climb a mountain/hill, go to a science lab and learn to read an OS map. So here…

Sunshine at Cranmere Pool and Great Kneeset

A very sunny week and a couple of walks spring to mind, Tavy Cleave and up to Fur Tor or anything north!! I decided that anything north was the option and Great Kneeset would be the choice. Any walk around Cranmere Pool requires a good deal of dry weather. A walk there in February requires…

Hisley Bridge, Lustleigh Cleave and Harton Chest

A trip to the eastern side of Dartmoor this time and a woodland walk through one of the best areas in Devon. Lustleigh Cleave is a fantastic area and I could go on and on about the views from Harton Chest. I went looking for Gradner Rocks this time before dropping down into the valley…

Great Mis Tor and the Walkham valley

Another middle of the week wander, this time between two horrid days of strong winds and heavy rain. The result of this is that the rivers tend to be a bit swollen and seeing as I had to cross the Walkham twice, I did well to stay dry footed. There was even some snow still…

A snowy Hameldown and Rippon Tor

Snow was forecast on Dartmoor and a bit of a drop in temperature to keep it there, plus a chance of some sunshine which would really make for a good walk. Well I have to say that this is probably one of the best walks I have ever had, anywhere. It was absolutely magical. I…

Blowing a hoolie on the Staple Tors

I wasn’t really planning a walk for this weekend but it got to Sunday lunchtime and I took a spare of the moment dart up to the Merrivale area. Looking back I hadn’t been on the Staple Tors for 3 years or so, which is ridiculous really. I walked out the front door and was…

Round Hill Tor and Prince Hall Rocks

A bit of snow was forecast for Dartmoor on Tuesday, however I could only get there for a walk on Wednesday. Most of it had melted by the time I got there, apart from the stubborn north facing slopes. This is just a short walk around the basin of the West Dart, between Two Bridges…

3 crosses and a Gutter Tor

A second day in a row out for a walk and probably the best weather I’ve had for quite a while. A crisp frosty start turned into a nice sunny day and despite a bit of haze towards the end it stayed warm enough for 2 layers. I’d walked this area only a couple of…

All around Meldon Reservoir

Good weather was in the forecast for the middle part of the week and I decided I would get myself out on at least 2 walks over 3 days. Unfortunately the first day coincided with a sickness bug, which went as fast as it came. However Wednesday I was back up and running again, so…

Shell Top and Yealm Rocks

Time for a short walk around the southerly tip of Dartmoor in another area that doesn’t take too long for me to get there. That said its not one of my favourite spots due to the scar on the landscape that is the Lee Moor clay works. Still the sun shone a fair bit and…

Looking back to 2018 and on to 2019

Last year was a decent one for walking, not as good as previous years but some fantastic walks in some lovely countryside. This year I managed 54 walks which isn’t as high as normal but still not too bad. I had some targets also for 2018, I got very close to completing a second round…

Bellever Tor, Cator and Postbridge

The last walk of the year 2018 and one right in the centre of Dartmoor, setting out from Postbridge. I noticed on setting out that the pub was closed, until mid January, so no end of walk drink for me today. Still I was looking forward to walking over the Riddon Ridge, an area I…

My favourite walk

I’m sure I’ve said this before but this walk from Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge and back along both sides of the River Plym is my favourite. Its an easy walk of not much more than 4 miles, it has a fair bit of a climb from Shaugh Bridge (no matter which way you do…

Redlake, Green Hill and a new clapper bridge

I don’t think I’ve needed a walk more than this one, sometimes you just need to get out and let your head breathe a bit and sort itself out. Bad weather, too much work and more bad weather, had left me caged and ready to go. I chose this walk and kept adding more spots…

Figgie Daniel and his mate the Bowerman’s Nose

December is a month of family, getting together and sharing with those you love. However this is also the time of year when the weather for walking can be as good as it will ever get. Cold bright days are what we are looking for, plenty of blue in the sky and plenty of frost…

Ryders Hill and Bench Tor on a dull day

Not the best weekend for weather but I wasn’t bothered, it wasn’t raining and that would do me. I quite like this area, in fact Venford is my favourite reservoir on the moor by some distance. I decided to take the direct route from Aller Brook Outcrop to Bench Tor which meant a drop into…

Hunt Tor, Kitty Tor and Bleak House

When the weather is as glorious as it was today you have to get out. I wanted to go high to make the most of the views and the west looked best. The tors on this side are all brilliant, the views stretch out to Cornwall and behind them the rolling hills of the central…

An autumnal walk around Meldon Hill and Kes Tor

The weekend weather had changed from the bright blue skies and sunshine of the week before. The forecast suggested a dry day on Saturday before rain came in a teatime, with Sunday being a complete washout. As it turned out the weather on Dartmoor was ahead of time by around 4 hours as the rain…

A quick sunny walk around Peek Hill

With their cousins down from Swindon we didn’t have too much time for a walk today, as playing games on tablets and phones were the priority. A short drive therefore to the area above and to the west of Burrator. Its a great area that packs a punch with the views and is easy to…

Dartmeet and all along the Dart

October hasn’t really been my best month for walking, lots of things to do at the weekend and far too much work has meant getting out for a bimble has been difficult. However a more relaxed weekend and a couple of days leave meant that I had 4 days to get a walk in. Tuesday…

The beacons after the storm (Callum)

It hadn’t been a good weather week, in fact I wasn’t sure any walk was on at the weekend, as the heavy rain and wind kept me indoors. However hope on Sunday afternoon of a break surfaced and I took the opportunity. It was only a short walk, with a steep up and back down,…

Whitehorse Hill, Watern Tor and the Manga Rails

It had been nearly a fortnight since my last walk and the lack of space and time was starting to make me grumpy. Walking is the best medicine for me and I needed to get out to some wide open spaces. I had this walk in mind last time I was out, however time meant…

Fox Tor and Five Crosses

A day off work and a chance to get out to a better place. Its no secret that Dartmoor is my go to place, however Royal Hill and Ter Hill won’t be high on my list of favourite spots. The weather today though made every step a pleasure, it was warm for late September and…

Kit Hill

We had booked into the brilliant Cornish Arms in Tavistock for a Sunday roast, and damn fine it was too. Afterwards we decided to go for a walk, nothing too far at all,it was more about the view and a sit and look at it. The weather was decent, if a little hazy on the…

Whitehill Tor and Blackalder Tor

Just a short walk this time, nothing too far, nothing too hard. Just a chance to get out for an hour, but with such a short walking window it also means you don’t want to travel too far to start the walk. This area is barely 15 minutes from the house and could easily be…

Cosdon Hill to Hangingstone Hill and back to Belstone

Autumn looked like it was coming over the previous weeks, and I was planning some last longer walks before the days shorten too much to complete them. The northern moors involve an hours drive each way so these needed to be done soon. I picked this out and back to Hangingstone Hill from Belstone, this…

Grimspound and Shapley Tor

This walk was much needed, the boys had been staring at phones, games and screens for long enough and they needed to get out and see the world. I decided to head to the far side of Dartmoor from home to extend the time away from the computers, whilst also allowing us to finishing listening…

Swell Tor, Ingra Tor and the Princetown mast

Back on Dartmoor and a walk around the mast at Princetown, picking off lots of tors that I don’t visit very often, Swell Tor being one of these. This surprised me a bit as the quarry is a great place for an explore. The weather got better as the day went on, which was good…

Mardon Down, Pin Tor and Cranbrook Castle

Somewhere slightly different today, still on Dartmoor, but right in the north eastern corner. This area is a fine place to walk if you don’t mind a bit of walking down lanes to get to places of interest or the odd hill and tor. I’ve parked here a couple of times now, firstly heading out…

Wheal Betsy and the Willsworthy Firing Ranges

A few days after getting back from The Lakes and I still had a couple of extra days holiday. The weather had broken down south as well and the temperature were back to a normal 18-20degrees. A simple walk on the western side of Dartmoor seemed like a good idea, as long as the cloud…

Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How

Staying in Coniston means that the Old Man is an ever present sight every day. Both myself and my boys had climbed The Old Man of Coniston before back in 2014. I wanted to keep my run of Wainwrights ticking along and wasn’t keen on going up fells that I’ve done before. However the Old…

Bannerdale Crags and Bowscale Fell

Since I had started walking in The Lakes I had in mind a number of routes, paths and edges that have to be tried or at least looked at. The names of these places will be familiar to a lot of people, places like Striding Edge, Sharp Edge and the Corridor Route are all very…

Black Crag from Tarn Hows

Our annual family Lake District week was here and true to form coincided with a change in weather in this area. Talk in the run up weeks was of hot temperatures and hosepipe bans, on arrival we could see lots of lakes and tarns with very low levels of water. We had, had one previous…

Flat Tor, Kit Rocks and Sandy Hole Pass

After last weeks walk around Ducks Pool and the Erme pits I was back in the walking spirit, the warm weather wasn’t going to put me off, plus I was trying to get some miles in my legs ready for the Lakeland fells in a week or so. Make no mistake this is a tough walking…

Ducks Pool and Great Gnats Head

The day after the walk with the boys to Berra Tor I decided that enough was enough. Yes it was humid and warm. Flies were everywhere and they would eat me, but the hills needed to be walked. It was World Cup final day and despite the big plans being shelved after the semi final…

A quick walk to Berra Tor

I’ve been quiet on the walking front lately. Its been the weather, climbing hills in 25 plus degrees in baking hot sun with no breeze, isn’t for me. Not a lot of it for sure. However after a while you need to get out before you go mad, as it was I had lost my…

Wildcamp on the side of Barn Hill

The hot weather continues and the sunsets keep on coming. When the weather is this good its an easy decision to throw the tent in the car and head out with the boys. Now I had two spots in mind, Bellever bridge (near to Postbridge) and Cator Bridge about half a mile down the road.…

Glorious sunset at Cox Tor

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it, I love the sunsets from Whitchurch Common. Whether you sit on Pew Tor, Feather Tor, Barn Hill or Cox Tor at this time of year the sun sets right next to Brent Tor, making for a stunning picture. There’s very little point me talking about…

Wild camp at Harford Gate

Good weather means a chance to camp on Dartmoor, I’d promised the boys a camp at Harford gate which they’d spied last year when we walked through here. The Dartmoor national park allows camping in lots of spots within the park boundary, here, and this is a good one. We setup quite quickly and my…

A walk to Trenchford reservoir and Shaptor Rock

This was my first walk after returning from the Lake District, to be honest I’m never in much of a mood for any walking once I come back from there, and normally I need to go somewhere different like Cornwall or a coastal walk to get me back into it. This walk is mainly woodland,…

Derwent Water and Grasmere

The days either side of my walk up to Mellbreak and Hen Comb we had plans to go to Grasmere and do a circuit of the lake and also staying in Keswick meant a wander down to Friar’s crag again and a potter around the boat landing piers. The weather in Grasmere wasn’t great to…

Mellbreak and Hen Comb

After the Tuesday walk up around High Street I was pretty drained. The heat was tough to walk in and to make matters worse the breeze that was present in the Lake District had completely disappeared on the Wednesday. Thursday arrived and the haze was pretty thick, I had planned on a route that took…

Caudale Moor, High Street and Kidsty Pike

3 days into the holiday a no proper walk for me so far, yes I’d had a couple of little walks to Latrigg and Aira Force but the hot weather had held me back. Tuesday looked good, the temperature said it would drop a few degrees but the sun would still be out. It was…

Derwent Water, Latrigg and Ullswater

Start of another week in this fabulous part of the world and the weather for the week was probably the best and hottest I’ve ever had up there in the 10 years I’ve been going. It was high twenties most days, even up on the tops on the two days I walked high it was…

Rippon Tor and the Holwell bluebells

Road closures due to the Plymouth half marathon meant I was cut off from the north and west of the city. This meant a drive around the back roads to Ivybridge where I figured that I might as well continue along the A38 and go to the area around Haytor. This also meant a chance…

Luckey Tor and a walk along the Dart River

It was ten tors weekend and as such I tend to stay away from Princetown, Postbridge and anywhere north of that on Dartmoor. I could have gone to Bodmin Moor but I fancied something around Dartmeet which is not an area I walk very often. I made up a walk that would take me down…

Belstone Tor, Oke Tor and t-shirt weather at last

Bank holiday weekend and walk number two and the weather continues to be scorchio!! Now don’t get me wrong I like a bit of sunshine however the warm weather does have its downsides. Firstly the midge and horsefly bites, I’m a magnet for these little things and they love the taste of Steve. I end…

Cuckoo Rock and Click Tor

Bank holiday weekend and the weather is set for sun, sun and more sun. The mercury is set to rise as well, so I chose a walk that would be through trees for quite a lot of the time so we could stay in the shade. I didn’t fancy driving too far either so I…

Rough Tor and the long way around the Cowsic

Well the week before this walk had been pretty good and the warmest it had been since August last year. If you want to walk in this area then pick a dry spell. Some of the hills around here might be over 500m up but they are pretty flat and as a result can hold…

4 Stone Rows and a glorious day on Dartmoor

Lets start with a positives, the weather was glorious on this walk. I started out with a baselayer, a t shirt and a fleece and finished in just the baselayer as the temperature rose during the day. The sun was out, hardly any wind and I got a bit of a tan, it was great…

Coastal walk around Wembury from home

Time for something different as it is the Easter weekend. I had to be home for lunch at 1.30pm so decided to remove any driving on to Dartmoor from the equation which would only shorten any walk. I hadn’t walked the South West Coastal path for quite a while now and it doesn’t take long…

Gidleigh Tor, Kennon Hill and Scorhill Stone Circle

Looking at the weather forecast for this weekend I was downbeat. I sit here typing this looking at nice blue skies and sunshine out of my window. I’d watched the weather all week, knowing that I could only get out on the Saturday, hoping that it would be the better of the two weather days.…

Blizzards on Western Beacon and Piles Hill

So “The Beast” came again from the east and this time I went up to have a look, the snow certainly came and the winds whipped up plenty of drifts. Both GPS and maps were out to help with the navigation plus I picked an area where I was very comfortable and knew it well.…

Spring around Brent Hill

Now I know the cold weather is here again but today in south west England it was still pretty warm. Well at least I thought it was as i walked up the lane towards the turning for Brent Hill, when I reached the summit it started to hail, quite a lot as well. I guess…

Spring on the Trowlesworthy Tors

A few days off work and with a good forecast I was out. The weather was almost spring like today, the sun was warm and it felt like the snow of a couple of weeks ago was long gone. I haven’t been down to Blackaton Cross for a number of years now, but it was…

Drizzlecombe and Higher Hartor

They say bad things come in threes, well I can vouch for that on this walk. Before I get to that however I’ll talk about the great thaw after the storm. The snow has started to melt and with it, it has been replaced by rivers of water running everywhere, on top of that the…

All around Hameldown Beacon

The weather had been good for most of the week and on into the weekend, the mercury on the thermometer was dropping. The icy winds from Russia were certainly blowing as I headed out from above Widecombe In the Moor and it was certainly hard underfoot as I stepped on to Hameldown. It was Baltic to…

Kes Tor and Frenchbeer Rock

I’d taken a day off work and planned a good walk that would take me from Fernworthy reservoir up to Scorhill, round to Gidleigh and back via Kes Tor. I set off in poor low cloud hoping that the eastern side would clear a bit, the forecast said it would. Well I arrived as I…

Postbridge, Water Hill and Soussons Down

Another weekend and another walk. The weather was set to be good with passing showers, however on arriving at Postbridge the clouds were leaden and full of snow. As a got out of the car it started, within minutes it was white, minutes later it was sunny again. These passing snow showers would continue for…

Huntingdon Warren, Snowdon and Shipley Bridge

Don’t be fooled by the title, this isn’t the Welsh Snowdon. No this is the Dartmoor version, sat near to Ryders Hill on the southern moor. Its been over two years since I have been to Snowdon, that time I came from Ryders Hill and this time I chose to come from Avon Dam and…

Hockinston Tor, Leigh Tor and Poundsgate

I’ve been banging on about the weather down in these parts a fair bit recently, with all the rain the ground underfoot has been boggy to say the least. Well this time I decided to change things. I chose a walk that was fairly low (nothing over 350 metres high) and involved plenty of tracks…