For both walks, we parked on the Tavistock to Princetown road, firstly in the viewpoint car park at the foot of Cox Tor. The initial uphill to the top of this tor was surprisingly hard work - we are definitely out of practice! It was also busy with other walkers as we went on a pleasantly sunny Sunday. However, after a few minutes we had the moor to ourselves. We learned yesterday from our friend Chris that most people visiting a National Park like Dartmoor don't actually venture more than 150 metres from their car park. I was amazed at such as short distance, but also selfishly pleased as we do like our solitude on remote moorland walks!
Descending into the valley, we headed northwards to Wedlake Farm and
Due east from Stephen's Grave, we passed White Tor and entered into
|Standing stone at Merrivale Firing Ranges|
|Banked wall at Merrivale|
We passed beneath Roos Tor and Staples Tor, stepping around loads of tumbled rocks in our way. The increased number of other people alerted us that we were nearly back to our car park in which we were delighted to see a Willy's Ice Cream van. This locally made ice cream is delicious and I can highly recommend the coffee flavour.
Two days later we set out again, this time in the company of Chris and
For much of our walk, we followed the route of the now abandoned and
|Bridge over dismantled Dartmoor railway|
I think all of our walk was on Open Access land so there was practically
|Standing stone near Merrivale Quarry|
On a completely different note to finish, did you see my guest post on Bookish Serendipity yesterday? It's one of my favourite blogs to follow and my contributed post discusses How A Travelling Book Blogger Gets Her Fix.