Wednesday, 29 September 2010
"Soldiers are taught to be considerate of others with whom they share Dartmoor" the plan states, with maps expected to to be drawn up showing areas of high wildlife sensitivity, and then issued to the armed forces.
As part of the effort to minimise the threat of erosion, signficant deterioration in features and ensure the safety of populations of native species, there are plans to improve tracks and cut back bracken and shrub.
To reduce the visual impact of the military, many MOD features will be moved, or combined elsewhere. One of the priority tasks, the plan says, is to remove Yes Tor flagpole.
Others involve moving Great Mis Flagpole to below the skyline, and making Black Down Flagpole temporary.
Holming Beam is due for a renewal since the buildings are coming to the end of their useful life.
One thing is for certain, if you have a clue with a bearing on a piece of MOD property, stand by for change.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
The favourite haunt of WITC is without doubt the area of Watern Tor, Stone Tor and Kes Tor. We were delighted to take advantage of a window in the weather and return there on a recent walk.
Parking below Kes, taking the grassy route towards Fernworthy forest before heading North across the Teign near Manga Rails. Up to Watern and the Thirlstone, which is amazing piece of geology up close, then descending to Scorhill Circle and down the road towards Gidleigh.
A track leads through the woods here, past Gidleigh Tor hidden in the trees, over the Teign again, and up to the car.
It was a successful letterbox walk too. 34 boxes found, and one first-in-a-book.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
North through unvisited territory of Bledge Brook and on to the Kiss-In-The-Ring stone circle. Also known as The Dancers. This is a part of the fascinating and unique past of Dartmoor. The stone row that runs North from here is said to be the longest prehistoric stone row in the world. Its more than 2 miles long, and is either Neolithic or Bronze age - so potentially up to 11000 years old.