Monthly Archives: January 2016

Princetown to Leather Tor Bridge #Walk1000Miles

Did your new year dawn with a fantastic list of New Year resolutions? As 2016 began here in Plymouth Devon I made my usual list of resolutions;

  • Eat healthily in conjunction with slightly less delicious chocolate
  • Hike more miles in new places
  • Hike old places to see the new changes
  • Set myself a challenge to beat

It was the last bullet point item that I was struggling with; I could try to beat my daily best, a reasonable 40.8 miles hiked on a humid day in June 2015. No, it didn’t appeal, I needed an excuse to get my hiking boots on every week when possible.

#Walk1000Miles Challenge – The Hashtag

It was whilst I was online on various social networks catching up with the news from my adventurous friends that I started to see the hashtag #walk1000miles mentioned.

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Widgery Cross Dartmoor Landscape

Dartmoor’s weather can be something of a mystery, promising brooding clouds but delivering piercing sunbeams. The moorland landscape delivers the same pictorial promises; mist hidden crosses and tors rising high above brightly illuminated pasture.

Dartmoor Inn – Widgery Cross

For this mid winter walk I parked just off the main A386 road near the village of Lydford, a small lane runs eastwards from beside the Dartmoor Inn to a gated moorland car park. The car park was busy, the raindrops pounding the windscreen didn’t dampen the urge to walk!

No sooner had I put on my waterproofs then the rain abated and Dartmoor once more laughed at my attempts to judge the micro-climate; moorland 1 – human 0. A short walk north east from the car park,

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