After looking back at my first attempt at a trip report, I thought it drifted into the kind of turn-by-turn route description you get from Google maps, so this time I decided to try something a bit different and do less write up, more photos, for another trip to Dartmoor last weekend.
Day 1 was a short day starting in mid afternoon after the drive down from London. I parked the car at Lydford and set out towards Great Links Tor in fine afternoon sunshine.
After passing over Great Links Tor and Dunna Goat, I found a nice little pitch amongst the lumps and bumps of old workings by Rattle Brook, where I was able to release my restored Phoenix Phreeranger back into it’s natural habitat…
Sadly the fine weather didn’t survive the night. The next morning was grey and damp. Low cloud promised a view-free day.
The poor visibility put the kybosh on my plan for a leisurely photographic walk up Tavy Cleave in its autumn colours. It had seemed like a good plan when I made it. But visibility of no more than 100m made for few scenic opportunities along the way. I followed the route anyway: a misty pre-amble over Sharp Tor and Hare Tor, followed by a viewless walk up the Cleave in gathering rain.
At the top of the Cleave, the clouds lifted slightly giving me the chance to spend an interesting half hour or so exploring the prehistoric hut circles at Watern Oke.
Too soon, the clouds came again and I headed for my intended campsite at Kneeset Foot, pitched the tent and escaped out of the the rain.
I woke early to clearing skies after a night of blustery, rattling rain. After breakfast and packing up I set off on a vaguely-planned route towards Yes Tor.
From Yes Tor, I dropped down westwards towards Meldon reservoir.
Skirting the reservoir, I was struck by how low the water had dropped over the dry late summer, leaving an ugly watermark around the surrounding hills.
My final camp site of the trip was a shelered spot under Great Links Tor.
All that was left was to pack up after a cold, clear night; and then a short walk back to the car.