Between the rain showers, I grabbed the opportunity to complete a charity letterbox walk sited for the 'People's Dispensary for Sick Animals' around White Tor on the western fringe of Dartmoor. I parked up at the quarry car park on Smeardon Down, and climbed to Boulters Tor. The gorse is beginning to flower, and the bracken is growing fast. Another few weeks and this area is deep in the stuff.
As well as the flora, the rocks around here are distinct too. Boulters Tor, White Tor, Brent Tor, and other western outcrops around here are not of granite. They are basalt, the result of lava flows during the Devonian period, some 400 million years ago, when this area of Britain was under the sea. The rocks are black and far more angular than granite.
White Tor is an entertaining place to letterbox. Lots of outcrops, and opportunity for bearings. It never ceases to disappoint. One bearing seems to be missing though - the white flagpole. The base remains, but it appears the pole has been cut down. There was no indication of this happening in MOD plans that I have read.
After completing the loop of the tor, I descended to Wedlake and the Colly Brook to trace back to the car. A fantastic day and 19 boxes found.