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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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…

Longash Tor, Hucken Tor and Kings Tor

The weather in the south west continues to disappoint. Day after day of rain driven in by strong winds have been the pattern since November and especially since the New Year. To be fair Dartmoor resembles more of a water park than a National park with the amount of puddles and running streams everywhere. Saturday,…

Mardon Down and lots of rocks around Moretonhampstead

Time to head out east. I’ve had a fair few walks recently on the western side of Dartmoor so to balance things out a bit I went around to Moretonhampstead to visit Mardon Down and the many rocks that spring up in this area. You can walk the Dartmoor tors and hills for the rest…

Fordsland Ledge, Lints Tor and the Slipper Stones

Finally a sunny day in Plymouth, the forecast looked great for Dartmoor so off I went. However on the drive north along the western edge of Dartmoor, cloud loomed in my preferred walking area. My heart sank a bit and I walked for 4 hours in cloud before it cleared for the remainder to a…

Looking back to 2017 and on to 2018

Firstly may I wish everyone a Happy New Year, I hope 2018 brings you all some great walking weather. 2017 has been a pretty good year for me and my boys on the hills, tors and fells of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the Lake District. There have been 67 walks over some 375 miles in…

Longtimber Tor, White Tor and Hill Bridge

This is my last walk of 2017 and being New Years Eve I decided on a walk that includes lots and lots of things to see, the tors come thick and fast as do the bridges, churches and leats in between, the only downside was the cows, of which there can be a lot of…

Glorious walk from Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge and back

I’ve said before this is my favourite walk, anywhere. On days like this it becomes a very special place to be. The sky was blue (at last) and the chance was taken to burn off some of that Christmas pud, although the amount of cake we packed probably balanced out what was burned off!! This…

A couple of short walks around Burrator

Now some of you will look at the title and see the photos below and wonder why I haven’t gone way into Dartmoor on a longer walk. Well there was a reason. My eldest had asked me if I would like to go with his class, for a walk on Dartmoor. “You know what you…

Birch Tor and Challacombe Down

It was the weekend and again possible snow was forecast on Dartmoor. So again me and the boys decided to go looking for it. On reaching Princetown there was a fair bit, not loads but enough. However I wanted somewhere different for them, so we headed onwards to Postbridge, here we found less snow so…

Fur Tor and Cut Hill

This was a walk I’d been looking forward to doing again and despite the shortening days I was confident I would get around ok. The weatherman had set the day fair, no sunshine but a promise of just a cloud covering and no rain. However on reaching Tavistock, and with visibility down to around 200…

A bit snowy on Foggintor

The forecast said there could be snow overnight, followed by hail the next morning. So the plan was made to at least go and have a look, I had a walk in mind however as the snow was due to be sporadic the location of the walk could change. The plan was Princetown or somewhere…

Wet and wild on Brent Tor

Brent Tor is just a short walk from the car park and as such it barely deserves a mention when it comes to distance travelled. However what it loses in in distance it makes up in drama and landscape. Its a fabulous tor, all the more spectacular that it has a cracking little church at…

Aller Brook Tor and Combestone Tor

This is a walk to another of the smaller, lesser tors that I haven’t been to before. Aller Brook Outcrop is a nice little gathering of rocks overlooking the River Dart and its valley. We decided to add in Combestone Tor as well as it allowed us to carry on following the Aller Brook as…

Hare Tor, Great Links Tor and round to Great Nodden

Finally a good weather day, a Sunday with sun. I was up early and off to western Dartmoor where I arrived to a full car park behind the Dartmoor Inn (Lydford). A bit of squeezing got my car in and I was off. The plan was a pretty full circuit, from Hare Tor to the…

Shaugh Beacon and Wigford Down in the mist

As I mentioned in the previous walk, the weather hasn’t been great in September. Well October didn’t start any better either. This walk was done in thick mist, however with this being my favourite walk and my go to walk, I loved it. It gave an already great walk another layer (of mist!!). I concentrated…

Collard Tor and Hawks Tor

The weather in September down here in the south west corner of Devon has been pretty abysmal. Particularly at the weekends. This was only my second Deon based walk this month, and like the last it was very short and between the rain showers. Bring on the colder weather. This walk is an easy one,…

Herne Hole Tor and the Princetown mast

Any walk in this area is dominated by the 196 metre TV mast, most of the views have part or all of the structure in the way. I enjoying walking to the summit of North Hessary Tor. Firstly it is very easy, secondly it is the highest point on the south moor, meaning brilliant views…

Lydford Gorge (again!!)

I must be getting a fondness for this place, this is my 3rd visit this year. Its a great walk for when the cloud is down on the moors or you fancy something with a tea room at the start (and end) and also halfway round!! This is obviously a National Trust spot so being…

Castle Drogo and Sharp Tor

My second visit to Castle Drogo this year, this time I had a look around the castle as well as a short walk. The walk is one of the published walks available from the shop and is the very short walk of just over a mile. I also added on Hunters Tor as an easy…

Cramber Tor and South Hessary Tor

This walk was made to scout out a good camping spot for myself and my boys for a planned wildcamp in August. As it was I found a couple of spots that fitted the bill. The walk itself is one I’ve done before and a good one to take in the rarely visited Hart Tor…

Hangershell Rock and Butterdon Hill

Just a short walk today with a couple of aims, the first was to scout out a wild camp spot and the second to find Tor Rocks. As it was both these two aims are within about 100 metres of each other. We started out from the Harford Gate car car and headed up to…

Crow Tor and Longaford Tor

Time for a good walk and one in pretty much my favourite area of Dartmoor. I love walking around here, the views are always great, there’s a pub or two for the end of the walk and there’s lots of tors to summit and many routes to do them. This is a walk I’ve done…

Hennock and Shaptor Rock

This is an area I hadn’t been to for perhaps 5 years now, long before I started this website. I did part of this walk ( in the opposite direction), heading up the lane from Five Lanes, then down towards the reservoirs before looping back through the woods and past Great Rock. I thoroughly enjoyed…

Whitehill Tor and Blackalder Tor

Saturday had been a pretty grotty day and wasn’t getting any better. The boys were crawling up the walls, or more accurately, with their heads buried in technology and gaming. Enough was enough and we had to get out, there were some breaks in the rain late afternoon so we headed out. This isn’t really…

A short walk around Ingra Tor and Leeden Tor

We had a bit of time on a Saturday afternoon and decided that a walk was needed, plus an ice cream. So I picked a spot where an ice cream van was guaranteed and we set off. Its been a while since I’ve been on Ingra Tor and I reversed my normal route in order…

West Devon Way Day 3 – Yelverton to Hooe Lake

The last day of three (Day 1 and Day 2 here) and I felt pretty good. This had been my first long ish walk, over multiple days and I was felling like I could carry on for at least two more days. I’ve already started looking at the South West Coast Path for next year,…

West Devon Way Day 2 – Lydford to Yelverton

Day 2 (Day 1 is here) and after a few pints in the Castle Inn at Lydford and a decent nights sleep I was ready. Breakfast downstairs was the full English variety and by 10am I was on my way. Today was a long day, 16 miles, a fair bit on roads so I knew…

West Devon Way Day 1 – Okehampton to Lydford

The West Devon Way is a 37 mile path that links Okehampton to Plymouth. It roughly follows the route 27 cycle route and at many times it follows it. It also links many other trails together including the Tarka Trail, the Two Castles Way, Devonshire Heartland Way and the South West Coastal Path. Its a…

Lynch Tor and Bagga Tor

Just a quick walk today, not too far but still a fair bit of height to give a good view. I’m find of the area around Lynch Tor, in fact its one of my favourite tors and the views west are fantastic. Standon Hill is another with a great view with parts of Tavy Cleave…

Just the best sunset at Pew Tor

I’ll let you into a secret, one of the best sunsets you can get is from Barn Hill Rocks at this time of year. I’ve made it a bit of a pilgrimage to always try an evening walk, where a sunset is guaranteed, to this place around the summer solstice time. This place never fails.…