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Walking the moor

Last time I visited, we went to Black-a-tor Wood, near Meldon Reservoir. But I had been to the stones at Scorhill on the way.

This time, Gary and Elise wanted to see the stones, so we did a walk (just the first part on this link) that took us past Scorhill.

It started out passing Round Pound - an impressive site itself. This one was a dwelling, it seems, rather than of some kind of spiritual importance.

We headed down a steep track where a lot of trees had been felled - conifers, I think, which had been planted maybe a hundred years earlier. On the way, I saw an impressive beech. There are so many more beech trees than I had thought in this part of Dartmoor.

The track took us into a wooded valley and we crossed the River Teign via a scenic bridge. I scampered up the river on the rocks - managing not to fall in.

The path led through the other side of the conifer plantation to the lanes, where we met a man walking a Bernese Mountain Dog called Floki. Like me, he's a fan of the series Vikings. We then met a man called Dick who makes walking sticks. He was originally from Melbourne and was in the Australian Navy. His wife is an artist. I bought one of Dick's Sticks.

Next stop, Scorhill.

Here we met a mother and daughter. We told them the route and the mother said, "Ah, so you met Dick?" And was astonished that I had bought a stick.

The daughter does make-up for films so we chatted about Pinewood Studios and she said I wasn't alone in killing my car in that ford.

The route took us across two rivers, using lovely clapper bridges - one of them with a gorgeous hawthorn growing next to it.

And finally, back to the van via the bottom of Kestor.

It was a perfect day for it and a great walk. We were absolutely starving when we got home.

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25 de set. de 2023

WONDERFUL photos. It's like walking along with you all. You mentioned conifers felled that had been planted 100 years ago. When had they been felled? Were there still stumps? That big beech tree is IMPRESSIVE (the way the numerous branches are positioned. What kind of wood is your new walking stick made from?

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