Showing posts from March, 2014

The best view on Dartmoor

In between decorating and waiting for furniture to be delivered, I grabbed a chance to get out on the moor.  I decided on Baggator for a trek up to Walkham Head and Fuges Post.  Although I'd planned a route out to Fur Tor, I had to admit defeat as I only had an afternoon to spare.

Surprisingly, there weren't many Ten Tor teams out training here.  The car park was empty.  The wind was steady but not too strong.  The climb up to Lynch Tor never fails to act as a warm up.  The walk over to the Walkham Head peat pass was predictably soggy underfoot.  On arrival, the heavens opened, with a hailstorm unwelcome.  I was aware that snow dusted these slopes yesterday morning, so counted my blessings that the clouds soon parted, and the sun was back out.  Over to Walkham Spur next.  One of the flagpoles that the Ministry of Defence intend to relocate and combine with lookout when the inevitable national byelaw review takes place.  With current public service cuts, this may still be a fe…

Devil makes work for idle hands 2

In a week when my new sofa is delivered - a pair of cosy chairs for you!  Found at Vitifer Mine.

No, they are not my handiwork!

How novel

I'm not a big reader, but when looking for something to read, I tend towards travel guides and thrillers.  I was more than a little intrigued when I heard about a new novel featuring - amongst other things - Dartmoor letterboxing.  'The Secret Letterbox' is the latest book by writer John Kemp.  
The story follows the lives of triplets whose lives take dramatically different courses, only to, later in life find themselves drawn back together to confront fear, history and, yes, letterboxing.
Its a fantastic tale told at an engaging pace with plenty of  suspense.  The letterboxing element is both key and consistent throughout too.  References are made to Haytor and the Becka Brook.  It is obvious that the American author, now a Devon resident has done his research.
The book is available as a paperback or e-book.  More information via his website (
I'm looking forward now to Dartmoor based horror/comedy film 'Stag Hunt' due for release by Dog …