Author Topic: Back on Dartmoor!  (Read 1902 times)

thomasdevon

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Back on Dartmoor!
« on: 19:12:38, 04/12/19 »
Hi Walkers.


Long time since I've been 'ere. And long time since I've been on Dartmoor but managed a nice circular route last week and another today. Had to make a slight detour as the Army were making bangs and I had forgotten to check the live firing calendar....... Oh well, nice walk on a beautiful day, just not the walk I thought I'd do.


The shooting was impressive. Lost of bangs, really lengthy heavy MG shooting (didn't think they did that), some smoke pots. Topped off with what I thought was the finale this afternoon with a massive explosion somewhere up there. But no, the real finale was a helicopter (Lynx? in camo) zooming up the Taw over Belstone. The range actually had a look-out guy posted on top of Steeperton today, never seen that before.


Very wet going but good exercise as I had to do some cross-country stuff to avoid the Range boundaries and get to interesting places. First time back up Hound Tor and Cosdon for a good while. Approaching Cosdon from the S is definitely the way to do it.


Anyway, very excited to be hiking again and very glad posting again.


Good walking to all!

Lee R

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #1 on: 20:54:09, 04/12/19 »
Sounds like you had a great day out!! Many miles?

thomasdevon

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #2 on: 22:10:13, 04/12/19 »
Not many miles, about 4.5hrs actual walking.
Note to self: Must get that pedometer calibrated.


Hips tired tonight but OK. Next week a bit further. OR - similar distance but with full kit, not just a day pack.


Onwards and upwards.

ninthace

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #3 on: 22:21:23, 04/12/19 »
Solvitur Ambulando

thomasdevon

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #4 on: 22:29:37, 04/12/19 »
Very possibly. To me it was just noisy and stripey.

thomasdevon

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #5 on: 12:08:41, 08/12/19 »
The Army is now winding down its live firing on Dartmoor ranges until the New Year.


Check for warning flags and warning lights, check gov.uk before you hike, programmes can change - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dartmoor-firing-programme



Okehampton - clear until 12/01


Willsworthy - today (daytime only): tomorrow 09/12 day and night: 07/01 and 08/01 daytime: 11/01 and 12/01 daytime


Merrivale - 10/12 daytime only: 11/12 and 12/12 day and night: then clear until 12/01





For updates on the firing programme ring Freephone 0800 458 4868.


Do not touch any military debris, it may be dangerous.

If you encounter any suspicious objects; mark the area, note the location and inform the Commandant 01837 657210 or police 08452 777444.

thomasdevon

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #6 on: 17:12:58, 17/12/19 »
Planning to make a flying start and get on the north moor again before the weather tomorrow. Full kit. A usual route: Belstone, Taw Marsh, Oke Tor, Knack Mine Ford, Hangingstone Hill. Back the same way.


Or more likely via Okement Hill and the East Okement valley road, an easy and sheltered return route for tired legs.


If weather not closing in too fast and I take the East Okement road may poke about on the old military artillery target tramway between East Mill Tor and the river. Noticed remains of this old feature the other week and wrongly thought it must be just an abandoned artillery road. Unusual. Runs from about 603898 to about 604906.

ninthace

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #7 on: 17:22:34, 17/12/19 »
The railway is still there in fair order.  There is even an engine shed at the west end.
Solvitur Ambulando

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Re: Back on Dartmoor!
« Reply #8 on: 20:18:08, 17/12/19 »
Your Lynx was probably a Wildcat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AgustaWestland_AW159_Wildcat


Definitely not a Lynx helicopter they went out of service a couple of years ago. I remember when they first came in :-[ .