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.
Path onto the moor from Lydford
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… Continue Reading
It’s been a while since I spent time on Dartmoor. I’m not sure why as I’ve always very much enjoyed the different scale and challenges of the moor compared to the more dramatic upland areas where I have typically spent my leisure time. Anyway, with a few days spare, and slightly misbehaving knees to mollify, I decided on the gentler gradients of the north moor.
Which is how – on a mid-to-late Thursday afternoon in early July – I came to be leaving the car at Belstone and heading out through the village and onto the path towards Taw Marsh. I had no particular plan in mind: just a few potential campsites marked in Viewranger from previous visits, and an intention to join some of the dots in a configuration to suit the weather, my knees and general fitness level.