Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Daymark – Kingswear Coast Walk

Living in South Devon I am spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning walks and scenery. I can head to Dartmoor and hike the wilderness or I can head to the South West Coast Path and witness the power of nature.

Both options never fail to impress and each offer their own escape in the country moments. On this walk I headed to the coast and discovered some fascinating maritime history.

Coleton Camp – Kingswear Devon

Heading away from the bustling fishing port of Brixham and towards Kingswear you pass close to the National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre, a fascinating location in its own right.

There are three car-parks located at Coleton Fishacre, all owned by the National Trust but unlike the main property itself,

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Sheepstor Ditsworthy Warren – Dartmoor Circular Walk

I had read about another magnificent stone row in the Sheepstor area of Dartmoor and planned a circular walk to explore. I parked at the foot of Gutter Tor, you will see the car-park marked on the OS Map, by the old scout hut nestling in some trees.

The car park does get busy as it is located at the beginning of a well-defined moorland track / bridle path which offers the hiker a multitude of moderate walks in several directions. Monk’s Way, Abbot’s Way and more.

The weather was perfect, late summer or more correctly very early autumn sunshine bathed the landscape. A breeze was blowing but the forecast was dry for the entire day. I was already in my good space and it only got better as the day unfolded.

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Burrator – Down Tor Stone Row

My quest to hike Dartmoor and discover its less than hidden prehistoric past was going well. A scan of my OS Explorer Map and the internet revealed a beautiful stone row and circle not far from Burrator Reservoir, a location I knew well.

Down Tor Dartmoor

I parked at the eastern edge of Burrator Reservoir, at the Norsworthy Bridge car park. A busy corner on the reservoir with walks in many directions for people of all abilities. A well-worn path led onto the moor. The map confirmed this was the route to take.

I set off with my border collie happily leading the way, he has a good nose for following well walked paths. The sunshine was warming the land, it felt great to be outdoors. My first obvious and immediate destination was Down Tor,

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The Grey Wethers Stone Circles

I’ve never been to Stonehenge, I have driven the A303 a multitude of times on trips to the West Country. My reason for never visiting is the location. A busy noisy holiday traffic route only a short distance away, fences keeping people from doing harm to the stones.

Coach loads of people arriving by the hour on sunny weekends. An amazing icon but the location is all man-made wrong. Dartmoor on the other hand is addressing that issue for me and very well too.

Postbridge Dartmoor Devon

The village of Postbridge is a popular starting point for walks on the moors, a well equipped shop and Post Office, toilets and a large visitor centre. A generous sized car park operating on a donation system, £1 for cars is a price worth paying.

I had looked at my OS Explorer Map of Dartmoor and had seen The Grey Wethers stone circles clearly marked.

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Start Point – South West Coast Path

Devon is more than just cream teas and Dartmoor, it has some of the most dramatic coastline in England. I felt like walking to a lighthouse so I did some research online and found that Start Point Lighthouse was right on a dramatic section of the South West Coast path.

Hallsands Lost Village

I drove to the tiny village of Hallsands, made famous by the destruction in January 1917 of the village, caused by coastal erosion from shingle dredging in the late 1800s for many years.

The car park at Hallsands is only metres from the sea, the day of my walk the waves were slight but evidence was apparent of the constant battle the modern-day inhabitants face. Storms in 2013 / 2014 had damaged the only access road.

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Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge – Dartmoor Walks

You’ll read it and hear it over and over again; do not walk Dartmoor without a proper map. With that in mind my first few walks were along well-defined tracks in a straight line. There and back. My reason for a lack of map was simple, I wasn’t planning on visiting Dartmoor or indeed living in Devon; life changes and a map was on order.

Walking Ancient Dartmoor

The many streams, rivers and leats make the moor a very wet place, even after a dry July and early August. I wanted to visit a clapper bridge that I knew was a moderate walk from the easily accessible Avon Dam Reservoir near South Brent, Devon.

The weather for the day of my walk was forecast to be dry all day,

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