Trip Report – New Year, New Dartmoor: 2-7 January 2015

Trip Overview

A car-based trip down to Dartmoor to join my friend Paul (@paulgbuck, http://www.moorlandwalks.co.uk) for a bit of New Year tor-bagging. Unfortunately, I managed to break him on the very first afternoon, leaving me doing the bulk of the trip by myself, and switching my base to Princetown a day earlier than intended.

Links to each day’s blog post and the Social Hiking map are included below for each day.

The Walks

Day 1 (Friday 2 January 2015): An afternoon’s circular walk from Belstone via East Mill Tor, Okement Hill, Oke Tor and Belstone Tor. 12 tors, 10.63 miles, 515m ascent, 4h 47 mins. Map

Sunset at Winter Tor
Sunset at Winter Tor

Day 2 (Saturday 3 January 2015): A wet day in which I transferred my base to Princetown, visiting some outlying tors to the west of the A386 in 3 separate walks:

  • Walk 1: Was Tor and Wastor Hill. 1 tor, 1 hill, 2.60 miles, 122m ascent, 1h 11 mins. Map
  • Walk 2: Brent Tor from the car park. 1 tor, 0.52 miles, 142m ascent, 22mins. Map
  • Walk 3: Gibbet Hill. 1 hill/tor, 2.55 miles, 146m ascent, 1h 9 mins. Map
The sheep start to herd me out of the field
The sheep start to herd me out of the field

Day 3 (Sunday 4 January 2015): A circuit of the tors around the West Dart. A foggy and boggy day testing navigation skills. 16 tors, 13.27 miles, 633m ascent, 6h 44 mins. Map

Finding Rough Tor in the mist
Finding Rough Tor in the mist

Day 4 (Monday 5 January 2015): Exploring Walkhampton common in a circuit from Princetown. 11 tors, 9.82 miles, 423m ascent, 6h 24 mins. Map

Tor of the Day: Ingra Tor
Tor of the Day: Ingra Tor

Day 5 (Tuesday 6 January 2015): Wanting to increase my tor count, I went for the circuit of Burrator reservoir. 18 tors, 9.41 miles, 770m ascent, 6h 24 mins. Map

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Day 5-6 (Tue/Wed 6/7 January 2015): Desperate to have the first wild camp of the year, I rushed out to King’s Tor to do just that, enduring a really cold camp, but rewarded by great sunset and sunrise. 2 tors, 5.54 miles, 139m ascent, 1h 56 mins. Map

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Accommodation

Night 1: Paul’s parents’ house

Nights 2-4: Fox Tor Café bunkhouse

Night 5: wildcamp on King’s Tor

Trip Stats

Number of walks: 8

Distance walked: 54.34 miles

Ascent: 2,890m

Walk duration:  28 h 57 mins

Average speed: 1.88 mph

Number of tors & hills visited: 62 (+1 repeated)

Number of camps: 1

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