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Burra Tor

A quick evening walk in the area around Burrator reservoir, taking in some of the smaller tors at the southern end of the reservoir. This is an ideal walk for when you haven’t much time and the views are brilliant as you walk along the old railway track above the reservoir. 311 more words

Dartmoor Walks

Ian Mercer: national-park giant

Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer and the first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales, has died aged 83.  He has been a great influence in national parks and countryside policy, upland farming and natural history for the last 50+ years.   1,099 more words

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Walking through a field of large black and white Friesian cows can be a little anxiety provoking, if something spooks them and they stampede, it can be very risky, so much as I like them, I tend to keep my distance. 127 more words


8 summits in the search for The Shovel Stone

I’d done a similar walk to this in November last year (here) and this time wanted to find the Shovel Stone, which isn’t marked on the map but i know is in the area. 562 more words

Dartmoor Walks

Magical Woodland

This is Wistman’s Wood, a magical amazing ancient oak woodland on Dartmoor. It is one of the highest oakwoods in Britain. The older trees are thought to be 450-500 years old. 51 more words


Ian Mercer has died and Dartmoor needs to remember and thank him

Ian Mercer, the champion of Dartmoor for so many years has died. I first met Ian back in 1982 when I was on a Community Programme Scheme with the Devon Trust for Nature Conservation. 458 more words