South Downs Way Weather Forecast

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The latest weather forecast for the South Downs National Park in England. What is the weather like on the South Downs Way today?

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Dickies Hereford Fleece Jacket – Gear Review

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Dickies is a name I have always associated with workwear – heavy-duty trousers and steel toecap boots. It is not a brand that I would think of with regards to outdoor walking gear.

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15 Litre Hydration Rucksack – Gear Review

Trespass 15 Litre Hydration Rucksack
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From reading my blog you’ll know that I day-hike all distances; from 6 mile meanders with the dog to 41 mile personal challenges.

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South Downs Walking – On Kindle and Paperback Book

South Downs Walking Book
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Available online from Amazon UK / USA, as either a Kindle download or a full-colour paperback book.

Buy Online for Kindle:

Amazon UK Customers
Amazon USA Customers
Amazon Canada Customers
Amazon Australia Customers

Buy Paperback Book –

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Princetown to Great Mis Tor

Princetown Dartmoor Devon
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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.

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Watergate Bay Cornwall – Beautiful Beach

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Now that I am living in Devon I have to remind myself that locations in Cornwall are now no longer 6+ hours drive away.

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Basic Equipment for Hiking Moorland

Leeden Tor Dartmoor Devon
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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,

Posted in Dartmoor, Gear Reviews


Princetown to Leather Tor Bridge #Walk1000Miles

Dartmoor Walks - Nun's Cross
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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;

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Widgery Cross Dartmoor Landscape

Dartmoor Walks - Widgery Cross
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Dartmoor’s weather can be something of a mystery, promising brooding clouds but delivering piercing sunbeams. The moorland landscape delivers the same pictorial promises;

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Buff Original Headwear Gear Review

Buff, the original multifunctional headwear review.
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With autumn weather now firmly established in England my attention turned to keeping warm when out hiking. Let me introduce you to the Buff –

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Dartmoor Hail and Sunbeams

Sheepstor Dartmoor Devon
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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!

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Yes Tor and High Willhays – Dartmoor High Walks

Meldon Reservoir, Dartmoor Devon
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Large red words on the OS Map spell out a warning to hikers and tourists alike: Danger Area restricted access.

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Wistman’s Wood to Bellever Tor

Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor Devon
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Dartmoor in Devon has several large areas of forest and one location that caught my attention was Wistman’s Wood,

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Red Lake China Clay Walk

Red Lake, Dartmoor Devon
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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.

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The Daymark – Kingswear Coast Walk

The Daymark, Kingswear Devon
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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.

Posted in Devon, South West Coast Path


Sheepstor Ditsworthy Warren – Dartmoor Circular Walk

Guttor Tor, Sheepstor Dartmoor Devon
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I had read about another magnificent stone row in the Sheepstor area of Dartmoor and planned a circular walk to explore.

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Burrator – Down Tor Stone Row

Crazywell Cross, Dartmoor Devon
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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,

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The Grey Wethers Stone Circles

Postbridge Dartmoor Devon
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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.

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Start Point – South West Coast Path

Start Point South West Coast Path Devon
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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.

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Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge – Dartmoor Walks

Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge
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You’ll read it and hear it over and over again; do not walk Dartmoor without a proper map.

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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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