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Posts about Dartmoor National Park in Devon.

Princetown to Great Mis Tor

Ever since I first visited Dartmoor on my motorbike, back in 1990 I was always fascinated by the tall TV transmitter visible for miles and miles around. For the residents of Princetown this monument to modern communication has stood looming over the town since the mast and TV transmitter station came into operation on 7 August 1956.

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Basic Equipment for Hiking Moorland

This is a basic list of what you should have/wear when hiking. The list will evolve!

A plan. Check how much daylight you will have, your route, your fitness, are the MOD firing ranges closed to the public, check the weather forecast but the weather can be VERY wet and VERY VERY windy on Dartmoor.

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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;

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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.

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Dartmoor Hail and Sunbeams

Autumn on Dartmoor brings a noticeable change in the weather. Waterproof coats are essential kit and as I discovered on this walk protection from hail is also needed!

I had hiked this route before but as with any natural landscape every minute of every day is different. The colour tones of the ground,

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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!

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;

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Burrator Reservoir – Dartmoor Walks

Continuing my gentle introduction to Dartmoor I took a trip to Burrator Dam and Reservoir near Yelverton, Devon. The weatherman promised sunshine and that’s what I was greeted with as I parked for free at the side of the road, near the dam itself.

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Hookney Tor – Dartmoor Walks

I wanted to walk a short distance but take in a spectacular view of Dartmoor from a tor. I had driven from Postbridge to Moretonhampstead before and knew of lanes that turned south towards Widecombe-in-the-Moor.


With the sun low in the sky as it was late afternoon in August I set off to find a vantage point to stretch my legs and as always take photos and video.

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Avon Dam Reservoir – Dartmoor Devon

You may have noticed a change in scenery if you follow me on various social media platforms, yes myself and my Border Collie ‘Dave’ have moved for a while to Devon.

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Recent Comments

  • David Martin on Red Lake China Clay WalkHi Malcolm , love your dogs name . I’m always looking for unspoilt parts of devon and Cornwall for my photography and came across this little lake and read your
  • Peter Cornish on Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge – Dartmoor WalksHaving done a very similar walk in May 2017 while camping just off your route, your photos and videos are superb and very evocative. Next time you're round there have
  • Gavin Evans on Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge – Dartmoor WalksWe drove across Dartmoor last summer en route to Cornwall and my wife and I chatted about the merits of hiking in the area. Having seen this post, I think
  • Mick Norman on Heading North to The South DownsGood stuff, but please: 'white cliffs' - not 'white-cliffs'! Where did you get the hyphen from? Dame Vera would have a fit, which would probably kill her.
  • christina Murtagh on Walking Wicklow – Bray HeadHi Malcolm, glad you enjoyed this walk,have you tried the Howth cliff walk,maybe next time? I would love to walk in the South Downs sometime,do you lead walks? I am
  • Paul Jonsson on Walking The Wey South PathHi Malcolm, thanks for this, some great pictures! This is a very handy walk for my Woking base so I walked it in September, trying to do it in one
  • barry goodchilg on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantHi Malcolm, As a Duke of Edinburgh leader using this part of the south downs for expeditions I give my young people the grid reference for the tank as a
  • Sharon on Heading North to The South DownsHi there I am doing the southdowns way from Eastbourne to alfriston with food stop in between. From reading your blog the accent from Eastbourne to beachy head is v
  • Dave Gosling on Burrator Reservoir – Dartmoor WalksHello, Although I am from Devon, I have never walked around Burrator, to my disgust. I do love walking around Venford Resevoir near Holne though. Is it possible to walk
  • Jane on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantThank you for this post. We found the tank tonight following your instructions. It was an amazing experience.

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