A week in Dartmoor, Saturday 31st August to Saturday 7th September 2013.
Our autumn holiday this year was on Dartmoor, staying at Brimpts Farm near Dartmeet, right in the centre of the National Park. Fortunately the weather was just right for walking, sunny much of the time, and the only rain came for the last 10 minutes on the final day! Indeed it had evidently been dry for some time as areas that had obviously been boggy were quite dry.
At the farm we had comfortable rooms in a converted barn with a large communal hall and courtyard with hot tub and sauna! (Though we didn't use the latter). Excellent three course dinners were enjoyed in the farmhouse dining room, with breakfast in the tearoom alongside, looked after by Gabrielle. Andy, the farm manager, picked us up from the station in his landrover and ferried us to and from some of the walks.
Over the week we covered about 65 miles over the moors that were ablaze with gorse, heather, and berried rowan. We admired the views from rocky tors, crossed barren heaths, descended to ravines with rushing water, gingerly negotiated several sets of stepping stones, and stopped at long abandoned ancient settlements. There were two big reservoirs to walk round and interesting old mine and china clay workings, quarries and lichened drystone walls but very few shops or pubs!
Did we visit the prison? Well, no, there wasn't enough time on our last day when we visited Princetown but we had a good view of it from the road out!
All in all it was an excellent week and much credit must go to Julie Brix for organising it, and to David Glass for selecting and providing plans for each of the walks, not to mention the other leaders on each day. It might have been very different if the weather had been bad though!
|Brimpts Farm in wooded valley side||Mustering in the courtyard||Clapper Bridge at Postbridge|
|Foggintor Quarries near Princetown||On Hayne Down above Widecombe||Approach to Grimspound Bronze Age hut circle|
|Stepping Stones across the River Dart||Approach to Haytor Rocks|