Showing posts from May, 2015

Tranquility base

If the hustle and bustle of modern life is getting a bit much, and the stresses and strains of city living are weighing you down, read on.  If you feel like you need an escape, I think I've found the perfect place for you.  Obviously it is on Dartmoor!  I've found the national park is the perfect antithesis to everyday life.  It appears some talented architect agrees with me!

Riddon Brake is located at the northern end of Riddon Ridge, about half a mile from the village of Bellever and 2 miles from Postbridge.  It benefits from moorland views, almost 7 acres of land, a semi-wooded location, and open plan, timber construction.  A detached, 4-bedroomed, modern build with stables, workshop and paddocks to bring out the pioneer in you.

Stags Estate Agent of Totnes are advertising the property (Details here: which went on the market at the beginning of this month.  I expect this extraordinary £635,000 tranquil location to be snapped up, so book your viewing ap…

Battle plans Part VI

Many months have passed since we have heard about the Ministry of Defence plans for Dartmoor's military training ranges.  The latest news comes courtesy of the Dartmoor Steering Group.  This group works in partnership with the MOD to encourage mutually agreeable use of the moor by the armed forces.  Many important stakeholders are represented on this group, who meet annually: The National Park Authority,  Duchy of Cornwall and Dartmoor Commoners Council to name just three.  Their most recent meeting was in November 2014 at Okehampton Camp.  
Following their own guidelines, the Dartmoor Steering Group publish the minutes of their meetings on the internet, usually within just a few weeks.  Today, after I tweeted the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) for them, the minutes from November's meeting have finally been published online here: Dartmoor Steering Group minutes; November 2014
If you've been following my Battle Plans posts over the past 4 years, you will know ho…


I am simply thrilled with my latest purchase of a few Dartmoor Letterboxing antiquities. Namely, copies of Letterbox catalogues dating from Autumn 1985 to Spring 1991.  The 100 Club's official clue book - first published in May 1983 - was not quite the publication of more recent years.  
Firstly there is the old book's Latin subtitle: 'Ludus tantum est' roughly translated as 'Its only a game'. Godfrey Swinscow, the 100 club founder always considered Letterboxing to be just this.
Also, the clue for 'Watern Tor' - Registered as box number 1 with the 100 Club, and therefore not to be confused with Cranmere Pool, which is registered number 12 - is still listed in these earliest catalogues. 
The earliest copy I obtained is the 5th edition, printed on October 2nd 1985.  In this copy we are informed that Tigers Marsh letterbox (registered number 89) had been removed from the moor or lapsed into disrepair since the Spring.  Several of the first 100 registered bo…