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A rush around Rattlebrook

On the last day of June, reflecting on a very hectic month, I realised that my sole trip to the Moor this month was so fleeting, so brief, that I didn't even blog about it.  What better time to address this!

As time was short - I had to work an evening shift back in Truro - I rushed to the nearest point of Dartmoor by car.  Sourton Tors.  Boots already on and laced, I was eager to get walking.

The military firing was taking place, so my route was hemmed in to the North West corner.  The weather was fantastic,  if a little breezy.  Cotton grass flapped in the wind, as though held down against it's will.  A temporary army radio post at Sourton's trig actually required tethers to keep it on the ground.

My path took a steady climb up towards Great Links Tor, following the former Rattlebrook Peat Railway to the end of the line.  The line was completed in 1879, but alas the operation was never particularly profitable.  The tracks and sleepers were removed in the 1930s, and the bu…