Monthly Archives: October 2015

Yes Tor and High Willhays – Dartmoor High Walks

Large red words on the OS Map spell out a warning to hikers and tourists alike: Danger Area restricted access. I had this notion that the northern landscape of Dartmoor was a fenced off landscape, uninviting to hikers. Littered with UXBs and danger!

Meldon Dam, Okehampton Devon

There is a large car park at Meldon Dam, with toilets and a map of the area. A short walk south of the car park brings you to the impressive Meldon Dam constructed in 1972. I’ve been spoilt for choice lately with Dartmoor dams. They each have a certain attraction and charm, perhaps that’s the engineer in me looking at things.

As I walked across the dam,

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Wistman’s Wood to Bellever Tor

Dartmoor in Devon has several large areas of forest and one location that caught my attention was Wistman’s Wood, one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods. A friend had read about the wood and suggested a walk. I’m not one to turn down a hike to a quirky location, that’s for certain.

Two Bridges to Wistman’s Wood

My OS Map showed a car park at Two Bridges, located at the edge of a small disused quarry. The weather was typical Dartmoor, cloud and the 50/50 chance of rain, sunshine, drizzle, blue sky, cloud. You’ll get used to it. Bring your coat.

The walking route to Wistman’s Wood is easy to follow, it leads north from the small car park; just follow the footpath fingerpost. You’ll pass by a small farmstead and then you’ll quickly be on open moorland as you walk towards Littaford Tors in the distance.

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Red Lake China Clay Walk

As I walk more and more of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, my curiosity, my sense of adventure draws me deeper into the vast expanse. It is so easy in fact to get off the beaten track that you are spoilt for choice.

Sheepstor to Plym Ford – Dartmoor Walks

I parked in the scout hut car park at the foot of Gutter Tor, the dead-end track is signposted Nattor, you’ll find it on the OS Map. Dave my border collie was eager to explore, so without wasting too much time I kitted up and walked east towards Eylesbarrow Tin Mine.

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